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Internet safety

Staying safe and reporting abuse


 Find out more about:

  Staying safe on social networking sites

  Dealing with cyberbullying and sexting

  Reporting obscene, illegal or pornographic images

  Dealing with unsolicited or hoax emails

  Available support organisations

Know the law

The following are criminal offences:

  • Having, making, taking or distributing indecent images of children
  • Enticing children for the purpose of sexual activity (for example via chatrooms, instant messaging sites, gaming and social media)
  • Publishing material which contains graphic stories about child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Threatening, harassing or verbally abusing people online (otherwise known as 'trolling'). If this abuse is directed towards someone's sexual orientation, disability, race or religion then it is known as a hate crime.

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If you or someone you know is being abused online or you see something you don't like, report it.