Online abuse At a glance
Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones. Children and young people may experience cyberbullying, grooming, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or emotional abuse.
Children can be at risk of online abuse from people they know, as well as from strangers. Online abuse may be part of abuse that is taking place in the real world (for example bullying or grooming). Or it may be that the abuse only happens online (for example persuading children to take part in sexual activity online).
Children can feel like there is no escape from online abuse – abusers can contact them at any time of the day or night, the abuse can come into safe places like their bedrooms, and images and videos can be stored and shared with other people.
Help and advice
Signs, symptoms and effects
Keeping children safe
Research and resources
Report illegal content
If you know of an explicit image of a child, report it the Internet Watch Foundation. They work with the police to remove images from the internet.
Every call is a chance to stop abuse. Support the NSPCC helpline and help us stop children suffering in silence.
Free online safety workshops
Along with O2, we're holding free workshops to help parents learn how to keep children safe online.
What we do about online abuse
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