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End-to-end encryption

You may have heard the announcement that end-to-end encryption (E2EE) is being rolled out by default on Meta platforms.
Whilst encryption plays an important role in  protecting our privacy online, this must be balanced with the imperative to safeguard children and young people online.

The roll out of E2EE will affect the ability of social media companies to detect child sexual abuse on their platforms and instead place undue pressure on children and young people to self-report instances of abuse, rather than platforms having security features in place to both prevent and detect abuse before it occurs. 

You can support your child/children and by talking to them about both the benefits and potential risks of E2EE, helping them to make informed decisions and know how to seek help if needed.

Find further information and advice for parents and  carersprofessionals and young people.

Find out more on the National Crime Agency’s response to the rollout of end-to-end encryption

This link draws together information sources to help you keep your children safe online.

Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.Explore one of the six Thinkuknow websites for advice about staying safe when you're on a phone, tablet or computer.


Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?


Click on the link to make a report to one of CEOP's Child Protection Advisors: