Law, Law Enforcement and Policy Panel - Dublin
Cyberbullying, Sexting and Sextortion


Cyberbullying often crosses the line between being mean and being a criminal. Free expression and free speech goes only so far and when the line is drawn, law, the ability of law enforcement agents to investigate these cases and school and network policies becomes crucial.

A frequent form of cyberbullying involves sexting images, taken voluntarily by preteens and teens. They are shared with a special someone, or a small group, but when they get into the hands of cyberbullies are broadcast to the 10,000 nearest and dearest community members of the target.

Now those images are making their way into the hands of more traditional sexual predators of children and our children find themselves blackmailed (sextorted) into taking more pictures or engaging in video or actual sex with their blackmailers.

The intersection between child sexual exploitaton and cyberbullying is the most deadly. Self-harm is considered 3 times as often by minors who have taken self-generated sexual images. And the thoughts of self-harm trun into action faster than with any other kind of cyberbullying.

This panel will discuss this intersection of laws and threats, what is happening in the sexting, sextortion and sext-bullying field, what laws work and which don't and what schools can do to minimze the risks of handling these images and addressing all kinds of cyberbullying.

Robert "Bob" Shilling,

Coordinator of Interpol's Crimes Against Children

Bob Shilling is the Coordinator of Crimes against Children at the Interpol General Secretariat in Lyon, France. He is a seconded police officer from the Seattle Police Department in Washington State on the West coast of the United States. He has been a police officer for 41 years; 21 years in the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit with 17 of those years as the head of the Sex and Kidnapping Offender Detail.


In April he was the recipient of the “2014 International Jurists Award” for his work in protecting children. He was the first law enforcement officer to ever receive the award. He is seconded at Interpol through March of 2016.