The NSPCC’s service for children and young people, Childline, has launched the Report Remove tool with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to help young people remove nude images of themselves from the internet.
The Report Remove tool can be used by any young person under 18 to report a nude image or video of themselves that’s appeared online. The IWF then review these reports, and work to have the content removed if it breaks the law.
There are many reasons a young person may have shared a self-generated sexual image. Some may have sent an image for fun, or to a boyfriend or girlfriend, which has then been shared with others or on platforms without their consent. They may also have been groomed online or blackmailed into sharing this content.
The IWF has seen reports of self-generated images more than double from January to April this year compared with the same period last year1.
Our trained Childline counsellors know the devastating impact that the sharing of nude images can have on a young person. Some young people told our counsellors they felt embarrassed, fearful and self-loathing, while others had concerns about the long-term impact on the