eHelp Online Reporting Mechanism on online safety issues of children and young people
Child Sexual Abuse materials, Cyber Crime and Cyberbullying are some of the common online issues children and young people facing nowadays. In light of this, the online reporting mechanism is established, with the joint effort of different partners, hoping to ease the situation as well as to create a safe and harmonic cyberspace for our next generation.
We welcome the report from you regarding the mentioned online safety issues, and wish that we might provide necessary assistance to you.
Section 2 of the Prevention of Child Pornography Ordinance (PCPO) of Hong Kong defines child pornography as:
“(a) a photograph, film, computer-generated image or other visual depiction that is a pornographic depiction of a person who is or is depicted as being a child, whether it is made or generated by electronic or any other means, whether or not it is a depiction of a real person and whether or not it has been modified; or
(b) anything that incorporates a photograph, film, image or depiction referred to in paragraph (a),
and includes data stored in a form that is capable of conversion into a photograph, film, image or depiction referred to in paragraph (a) and anything containing such data.”
Pornographic depiction is defined as:
“(a) a visual depiction that depicts a person as being engaged in explicit sexual conduct, whether or not the person is in fact engaged in such conduct; or
(b) a visual depiction that depicts, in a sexual manner or context, the genitals or anal region of a person or the breast of a female person,
but, for the avoidance of doubt, a depiction for a genuine family purpose does not, merely because it depicts any part of the body referred to in paragraph (b), fall within that paragraph .”
Frequent cybercrimes committed by children and young people involve “obtains access to a computer with intent to commit an offence or with a dishonest intent” and “by telecommunications, obtains unauthorised access to any computer”, facing the issues such as fraud or copyright infringement. It may violate the Hong Kong Ordinances including Crimes Ordinance S. 161, Cap. 200 and Telecommunications Ordinance S. 27A, Cap. 106.