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Legal highs just a click away: Young people encouraged to use synthetic drugs Annual report 2015 on risks for minors on the internet
(20/06/16) "Beach Party", "Crazy Monkey" or "Unicorn Magic Dust" – offensive marketing with cool names and young designs shall specifi-cally encourage young people to buy and use so-called legal highs. Disguised as 'herbal mixtures' or 'bath salts' these dangerous substances are easy to find and freely accessible through search engines, forums and in the social web. Next to reliable age checks effective protection measures are necessary. This is one of the findings in jugendschutz.net's latest annual report.
More than 30,000 internet cases checked
In 2015, jugendschutz.net checked 30,685 internet destinations for violations of youth protection laws. This number remained at the same level as in the previous year, 40 % of all content evaluated was of German origin.
Action taken against 6,000 cases
jugendschutz.net registered 6,130 cases violating youth protection laws in 2015. Only 18 % (1,113) of all illegal content was hosted on German servers (2014: 17 %).
10,000 reports and queries processed
In 2015, jugendschutz.net processed 7,610 reports (2014: 8,004) and 2,960 queries (2014: 2,980). Some internet users included multiple internet destinations in their reports – jugendschutz.net checked more than 13,000 URLs. The greatest volume of incoming reports concerned child sexual exploitation.
Pornography and sexual exploitation of children prevail
Pornography (26 %, 2014: 31 %), sexual exploitation of children (19 %, 2014: 22 %) and content endangering young people (19 %, 2014: 13 %) were the most common offences in 2015. 15 % of all cases concerned political extremism, 10 % concerned harmful content.
One in two illegal cases quickly removed in Germany and abroad
In half of all cases (51 %), jugendschutz.net achieved quick removal of illegal content (2014: 42 %). In Germany, the success rate was at 71 %, abroad it was at 42 %.
Successful efforts against the sexual abuse of children
The strategy to contact law enforcement, INHOPE members and host providers to achieve deletion of child sexual exploitation images has once again proved successful in 2015: In Germany, the success rate was at 100 %, abroad at 83 %. There, specifically depictions of children in sexually suggestive poses were more seldom removed.
Press release of the Youth Ministry of Rhineland-Palatinate and the KJM on the annual report of jugendschutz.net
Briefing paper on legal highs – Encouraging young people online to use drugs (German)
Older annual reports
Annual report 2014 (PDF)
Annual report 2013 (PDF)
Annual report 2012 (PDF)
Annual report 2011 (PDF)
Annual report 2010 (PDF)
Annual report 2009 (PDF)
Annual report 2008 (PDF)