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How can I help a child that I've seen in a video?

If you see a video of a child being hurt or upset you may not know what to do – or even if the child is safe.

It can be tempting to share the video to raise awareness but there's a better way to help the children involved. Report the video to the social network site and ask for it to be removed.

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Reporting is better than sharing because:

Reporting protects the child

It can be distressing and humiliating for a young person to have evidence of their abuse shared over the internet. It forces them to relive their experience and may result in them being bullied by other people online. Removing a video protects the young person from this experience.

Children can move on from bullying

Experimenting and making mistakes is a part of growing up. But if it's captured online, it creates a digital footprint and mistakes will follow a young person into later life. Young people should have the right to remove this content from the internet and shape their own identity. Reporting to the social network may help them to do this.

Helps to keep all children safe online

You can't control who looks at a video that's been shared. Young people tell us that viewing violent content is distressing and causes anxiety, and it's also one of their biggest concerns online. It's important that this content is not available for young people.

How to report a video or image

Facebook doesn't allow photos or videos of physical bullying uploaded to shame the person who's been hurt. To report a video on Facebook:

  • click on the video
  • hover over it and click options when it appears in the bottom-right corner
  • click report video
  • select why you are reporting the video

Read more on reporting images and videos on Facebook.

If you see a video on Instagram that shows a child being physically bullied you can report it through the app or online:

  • click on the three dots in the top right corner
  • click report
  • choose your reason for reporting from the list given.

Get more advice on reporting images and videos on Instagram

To report an abusive Tweet on Twitter:

  • open the tweet by clicking on it
  • click on the three dots in the top right corner
  • click report
  • choose your reason for reporting from the list given.

Or you can report abusive or harassing behaviour on their online form. You'll need to provide a url to the Tweet and the username of the person who has shared the video.

To report a violent video on YouTube you need to have a YouTube account.

To report by mobile:

  • go to the video you would like to report
  • tap more (the three dots) at the top of the video and select Report
  • choose why you are reporting the video.

To report on a computer:

  • login to your YouTube account
  • click more, which can be found below the player
  • choose report and select why you are reporting
  • if you want to, let YouTube know any extra information about why you think the video should be taken down.

Get more information about reporting

Snapchat doesn’t allow you to report photos or videos right now. But you can block people on Snapchat.

Get more advice on Snapchat