If you need help there are a number of organisations that can help. Also see our Advice and Resources section for more information and advice about internet safety issues.
Reporting on social media
Find out more about how to report on the most popular social media apps in our safety tools guide.
Grooming or other illegal behaviour:
If you want to report someone who is behaving suspiciously online towards a child, you should in an emergency contact the emergency services by calling 999, or otherwise make a report to CEOP, the Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre, see www.ceop.gov.uk.
Criminal content online:
Child sexual abuse images: If you stumble across criminal content online, you should report this to the Internet Watch Foundation at www.iwf.org.uk/report. Criminal content in the UK includes child sexual abuse images, criminally obscene adult content as well as non-photographic child sexual abuse images.
Online terrorism: You can report terrorism related content to the police’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit at www.gov.uk/report-terrorism.
Hate speech: Online content which incites hatred on the grounds of race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender should be reported to True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk.
Media content inappropriate for children:
If you want to make a complaint about an advert, television or radio programme, film, newspaper, magazine, video game or other type of content that you think is unsuitable for children to see or hear, you can report it through ParentPort at www.parentport.org.uk. Click on Make a Complaint and ParentPort will take you straight to the right place to complain to.
If you have been ‘scammed, ripped off or conned’ you can report to Action Fraud online or on 0300 1232040. It is a 24/7 service This service is run by the City of London Police.
Getting help/ advice: for young people
Is free 24/7 helpline for children and young people. You can call 0800 1111 or chat online at www.childline.org.uk ChildLine is run by the NSPCC.
(Formerly Get Connected). A free confidential helpline for young people under 25, open 11am-11pm every day. Tel 0808 808 4994 or chat online at www.getconnected.org.uk.
Getting help/ advice: for parents
Charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life. They have a 24/7 free Parentline on 0808 8002222, or visit www.familylives.org.uk
O2 & NSPCC online safety helpline
For technical advice, from setting up privacy settings or parental controls, call the O2 and NSPCC online safety helpline on 0808 800 5002.
Getting help/advice: for professionals working with children
Professionals online safety helpline:
Helpline operated by the UK Safer Internet Centre offering professionals who work with children across the UK support, advice and mediation with online safety issues. The helpline can be contacted by email: email@example.com or telephone on 0844 3814772 (calls on this number are charged at local call rate).
School Employee Unions and Professional Associations:
Details of these can be found on p7 of Childnet's cyberbullying guidance document.
Teacher Support Network:
England: 0800 0562561
Scotland: 0800 5642270
Wales: 0800 0855088
Department for Education - extremism helpline
The Department for Education has set up a helpline for teachers who have questions and/or concerns about extremism.
Teachers can call: 0207 340 7264 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org