School kids using smart phones in schoolyard
Child Sexual Abuse MaterialNewsParentingResearch
August 3, 2022

New Research from Thorn: Many Kids Sharing Nudes Before Parents Talk to Them About Safety

At Thorn, we know that talking openly with kids about online safety not only increases their knowledge about the topic but their willingness to tell a parent when issues come up.  We also know that having conversations about online safety,…
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Two young teens sitting next to one another on a porch and looking at a smartphone.
Child Sexual Abuse MaterialNewsResearch
June 6, 2022

New Thorn Research Examines Youth Experiences and Attitudes about Online Grooming

Many of us remember being taught about “stranger danger” as kids. It seemed fairly straightforward at the time: Be careful around strangers. Avoid talking to people you don’t know. But in this digital age, socializing has completely changed – and…
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Three European Union flags fluttering at the top of three flag poles.
Child Sexual Abuse MaterialNewsPartners
May 31, 2022

Open Letter: Thorn and 90+ Organizations Welcome the EU’s Proposal to Prevent and Combat Child Sexual Abuse

On May 11, the European Commission released a proposed Regulation laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse. It is timely and historic, not just for Europe but for the world. When passed, this legislation has the potential…
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Child on a money bards at a playground.
Child Sexual Abuse MaterialNewsPartners
March 18, 2022

New Report Shows an Increased Effort by Tech Companies to Detect CSAM on the Internet

If you’re following Thorn’s work, you know the critical role that tech companies play in identifying and reporting child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on their platforms. Today, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) released its annual overview…
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Three European Union flags fluttering at the top of three flag poles.
Child Sexual Abuse Material
January 27, 2022

How the European Union can lead in combating the spread of CSAM

54% of children across the world have experienced at least one harmful sexual encounter online. That’s one of the many startling statistics from WeProtect’s most recent Global Threat Assessment report, coming from a survey of 5,000 respondents now aged 18-20.…
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Julie Cordua sitting at a conference table having a discussion with colleagues.
Technology For Good
January 6, 2022

Thorn CEO Julie Cordua: My vision for 2022

“​​A world where every child can simply be a kid—where they can live connected lives without being sexually exploited or revictimized.” This is a key message from what I call Thorn’s guiding star: the vision by which we navigate this…
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School kids using smart phones in schoolyard
Research
November 12, 2021

Thorn research: Trends confirm need for parents to talk about online safety with kids earlier, more often

At Thorn, we believe digital spaces should and can be safe for every child.  But we have arrived at a moment when the speed and scale of digital platform adoption has left many parents feeling disconnected with how their kids…
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Children at an outdoor birthday party
Thorn Team
November 11, 2021

Thorn turns 9: Celebrating our top 9 moments from 2021

On this day 9 years ago, Thorn was born. It was comprised of a handful of people just beginning to understand the role of technology in child sexual abuse. Today, we’re a team of nearly 100 people, working across the…
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Two young teens sitting next to one another on a porch and looking at a smartphone.
Parenting
October 27, 2021

Talking with kids about online safety: Q&A with child and family therapist Amelia Aburn

Kids today face a very different set of challenges than most adults did growing up. Navigating growing up online, where normal sexual development and technology collide, isn’t something that needed to be included In conversations between parents and kids in…
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Research
October 22, 2021

WeProtect’s new report confirms the need for a holistic, global response to child sexual abuse online

When I started working on this issue nearly 10 years ago, it quickly became clear that to effectively respond to the threat of online child sexual abuse at the speed and scale it would require, we needed much, much more…
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