Preventing Online Violence Against Children

Preventing Online Violence Against Children

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In this two-month project, 61 technology changemakers are working with the Technology for Development and Child Protection teams at Save the Children. The team will analyze various data sources and build models to understand and prevent online violence against children.

The project goal

Through analyzing social media, newspaper articles, and other available data sources, we will try to understand the severity, causes, and actors of online violence against children. We will also try to model the behaviors of predators. The project will involve Natural Language Processing, different visualization techniques like word clouds, and analyzing text in English, Spanish, and French. 

The project falls under the UN´s Sustainable Development Goal 16.2, which is to “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children”.


SDG 16

The partner organization, Save the Children, is a leading humanitarian organization for children that has improved the lives of more than 1 billion children around the world and in the U.S.

Save the Children’s goals:

1) Keep children alive until their 5th birthday, when their prospects for survival are greatly improved
2) Ensure that all children have access to a quality education
3) Protect children against violence

When Save the Children was founded more than 100 years ago, much of the violence that children faced was related to World War I and its aftermath. Today, children face a new threat: online violence. Violence and harassment of children has been growing exponentially for more than 20 years but, today, schools have closed for more than 1 billion children, leaving them more exposed to online violence than ever before.

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