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Internet safety

Staying safe and reporting abuse


The internet is often a fun and informative place to explore and get the latest news and advice - but sometimes people can use it to cause harm.

There are a number of ways you can make sure that you, your friends and your family stay safe when using the internet.

Read our:

Advice for young people

Advice for parents

Information for teachers


You can also find out more about:

Watch - top ten tips

Watch our video of top ten tips to help you and your family stay safe online.

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)
  • Writing or having material which contains graphic stories about child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Bullying, harassing or verbally abusing someone because of their sexual orientation, disability, race or religion (known as a hate crime.)

CEOP logoReport abuse

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

You can also find out about support organisations who offer advice and information.


Fraud online

Read our advice on protecting yourself from fraud and identity theft.