Internet and Online Safety


The internet can be a fun, educational and interesting place where you can interact and engage with new people. There are many ways you can interact with others online this, can be on your laptop, tablet, mobile phone and online gaming. There may be times where people might send you images and send you messages that make you feel uncomfortable. This page lists different services and resources that you can visit if you feel uncomfortable when accessing and interacting with people online.

National Crime Agency

Has someone done something online that has made you or a child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe? Please visit https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ to make a report to one of CEOP’s experienced Child Protection Advisors.

Think U Know

The ‘Think U Know’ website is the place to go if you need advice about sex, relationships and the internet. Young people aged 14 + https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/14_plus/
Different sections include information about abuse, digital dating, missing kids, sex, relationships, sex offenders, web-cams, porn, abuse, exploitation, images, the law and much more. To seek advice on these issues please click here https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/14_plus/Need-advice/

Childline

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to us on the phone, by email or through 1-2-1 counsellor chat. Whatever feels best for you. You can contact Childline for free on 0800 1111. Please visit the following webpage to find out more information on how to contact Childline in other ways https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline/

British Sign Language users

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can get support from a Childline counsellor using SignVideo and a webcam. Please click here to find out more https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/contacting-childline/#DontspeakEnglish

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF)

We minimise the availability of online sexual abuse content. Specifically:

  • Child sexual abuse content* hosted anywhere in the world.
  • Criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK.
  • Non-photographic child sexual abuse images hosted in the UK.

The majority of our work focuses on the removal of child sexual abuse images and videos.
We work internationally to make the internet a safer place. We help victims of child sexual abuse worldwide by identifying and removing online images and videos of their abuse. We search for child sexual abuse images and videos and offer a place for the public to report them anonymously. We then have them removed. We’re a not-for-profit organisation and are supported by the global internet industry and the European Commission. https://www.iwf.org.uk/about-iwf

Report online material promoting terrorism or extremism

Report illegal or harmful information, pictures or videos you’ve found on the internet. You can make your report anonymously.

  • articles, images, speeches or videos that promote terrorism or encourage violence
  • content encouraging people to commit acts of terrorism
  • websites made by terrorist or extremist organisations
  • videos of terrorist attacks

https://www.gov.uk/report-terrorism

Have you had your intimate images posted online without your consent?

The Revenge Porn Helpline is the UK's only dedicated service supporting adults. Call for free, one-on-one confidential advice and support via email and phone.

If you’re reading this because someone has distributed intimate photos or videos of you either off or online, you have been a victim and deserve support. You are not alone.

Call 0345 600 0459 or request a call back here: https://revengepornhelpline.org.uk/contact/

The Helpline is open from 10.00am - 4.00pm, Monday to Friday

For more information please visit: https://revengepornhelpline.org.uk/