Navigating the internet safely
We all want to do the right thing online, but it’s not always clear how. We want to help you to use the internet safely by making sure you know what to do if you stumble across sexual images or videos of someone you think might be under 18.
If you accidently see sexual images or videos of someone you think might be under 18, do the right thing and report it quickly, easily and anonymously to the Internet Watch Foundation, so the content can be swiftly removed. One hour is all it can take to remove victims’ images or videos after responding to your report.
Reports can be completely anonymous. We don’t need your details, just your help.
In the UK, sexual images or videos of under 18s online are illegal. An individual can be prosecuted for taking, making, sharing and possessing sexual images of under 18s, even if they thought that the person featured looked older.
The Internet Watch Foundation is working with the Government and the Marie Collins Foundation to protect young people by making sure they know the rights and wrongs of viewing and sharing sexual images online. We want to empower you to navigate the internet safely within legal boundaries. Click here to find out more.
The difference made
When we asked young men if they thought that reporting sexual content that could be of under 18s would make a difference, not everyone was sure:
But it is important to remember that one simple report does make a difference and could help safeguard a victim.
Just in 2018, the Internet Watch Foundation removed the record number of 105,047 webpages containing criminal images and videos of child sexual abuse.
The harm caused
Behind every picture and video is a child who’s being abused. This trauma is re-lived until the content is removed.
Watch this short film to see the serious, ongoing harm caused to victims:
If you have been affected by these issues
If you are a victim of online sexual abuse or have been in the past, help is available at:
If you need help navigating the internet safely and legally, get in touch in confidence.