Online abuse Research and resources

Below is a selection of our child protection research, leaflets, guidance, evaluations and safeguarding resources on online abuse.

What should I do? NSPCC helplines report about online safety

Report about how Childline, the NSPCC helpline and O2 are responding to children’s and parents’ concerns about sexual content online.


"I wasn’t sure it was normal to watch it"

Research report into the impact of online pornography on the values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviours of children and young people.


How safe are our children? 2015

Our report compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the 4 nations in the UK for 2015.


Experiences of 11-16 year olds on social networking sites

Describes experiences of 11-16 year olds on social networking sites and strategies used to deal with things that upset them online.


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Learning from case reviews - Online abuse: learning from case reviews

Lessons from case reviews published since 2008, where online abuse was a key factor.


"Always there when I need you": Childline annual review 2014-15

The issues children and young people contacted ChildLine about in 2014-15.


Get expert training and consultancy - Keeping children safe online course

Online training to give you a clear understanding of how children use the internet and other digital technology. Newly updated for 2016. Cost: £30


A review of the research on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour online (HSB)

Review of current research around the online harmful sexual behaviours displayed by children and young people. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and Evidence series.


Younger children and social networking sites: a blind spot

Research into the experiences of 11-12 year olds on social networking sites how to protect them.


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