What is online abuse?
Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the internet. It can happen across any device that's connected to the web, like computers, tablets and mobile phones. And it can happen anywhere online, including:
- social media
- text messages and messaging apps
- online chats
- online gaming
- live-streaming sites.
Children can be at risk of online abuse from people they know or from strangers. It might be part of other abuse which is taking place offline, like bullying or grooming. Or the abuse might only happen online.
Further information regarding how and where to report concerns, and links to support is available at the following links:
- Online safety advice
Whether you're an online expert or you're not sure where to start, our tools and advice will help you keep your child safe.
A website from National Crime Agency's CEOP Command about keeping children and young people safe on the internet.
- UK Safer Internet Centre
Promoting the safe and responsible use of technology for young people.
- NSPCC Online Safety Advice
- Internet Matters
A site to help empower parents and carers to keep children safe in a digital world.
- Report Harmful Content - We Help You Remove Content
- Report Harmful Content - UK Safer Internet Centre
- Online abuse | NSPCC