First confirmed AI-generated images of child sexual abuse

Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive, IWF child sexual images,
Scary new era for parents, schools and everyone else too. Ai generated child sexual abuse images.

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The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has confirmed it now regularly sees AI-generated imagery; 

Child sexual abuse
90% of it through Facebook Messenger
Not hidden on the Dark Web
Images so real you can barely tell it apart

Principals and Schools need to go beyond Social Media, Gaming, phone addiction, and bullying to include AI in children's awareness and teachings. The IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) has warned British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to act as AI child porn images have surfaced.

The UK-based Internet Watch Foundation is charged with finding child abuse images online. Bookings

What the Internet Watch Foundation have to say

The situation has the potential to get out of control, many experts are saying worldwide. For example, Susie Hargreaves OBE, CEO of the IWF says child abuse content is generated at the ‘touch of a button’.

She further says: “AI is getting more sophisticated all the time. We are sounding the alarm and saying the Prime Minister needs to treat the serious threat it poses as the top priority when he hosts the first global AI summit later this year.

“We are not currently seeing these images in huge numbers, but it is clear to us the potential exists for criminals to produce unprecedented quantities of life-like child sexual abuse imagery. 

This would be potentially devastating for internet safety and for the safety of children online. We have a chance, now, to get ahead of this emerging technology, but legislation needs to be taking this into account and must be fit for purpose in the light of this new threat.

“Offenders are now using AI image generators to produce sometimes astoundingly realistic images of children suffering sexual abuse.

“For members of the public – some of this material would be utterly indistinguishable from a real image of a child being sexually abused. Having more of this material online makes the internet a more dangerous place.”

Susie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive, IWF child sexual images
Scary new era for parents, schools and everyone else too. Ai generated child sexual abuse images.

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Interesting but Horrifying Facts

  • In May, the Internet Watch Foundation started recording AI-generated child sexual abuse material reported to its hotline for the first time.
  • Between May 24 and June 30, the IWF investigated 29 reports of URLs containing AI-generated child sexual abuse imagery. 
  • Of these, the IWF confirmed 7 URLs contained AI-generated child sexual abuse imagery. These URLs contained several images which can be AI generated or a mixture of both AI and or real images.
  • The URLs actioned by the IWF showed Category A and Category B material. Boy & Girls as young as 3 years old. 


As technology advances rapidly, the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) has been fascinating and alarming. While AI has the potential to revolutionize industries and improve our lives in countless ways, it also poses several dangers that we need to be aware of. This raises many questions for children's internet safety.

AI Child sexual images being auto-generated raises all sorts of new questions for online safety. One of the biggest concerns is the possibility of AI becoming uncontrollable. As AI becomes more advanced, it potentially develops its own goals and motivations that are not safe.

This could lead to disastrous consequences if we are not careful. Overall, while AI has the potential to be a powerful tool for good, we need to be aware of its dangers and take steps to ensure that it is built and used responsibly and ethically.

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