Guides on topical online safety issues


We've produced a number of guides on topical online safety issues.

We'll be adding new titles regularly, so please check back often.

Cyberbullying usually involves a child being picked on, ridiculed and intimidated by another child, other children or adults, using online technologies. It can be intentional or unintentional.

Inappropriate content is a term used to capture a wide and ever-increasing number of different types of problematic content online. From hate speech to images of self-harm or pro-ana websites, alongside all of the amazing content that is available online there is some which is inappropriate for different audiences.

Some online challenges can be fun but some can be extremely dangerous, while the number of views and likes received is seen as an important part of the whole process.

Online reputation refers to the information that can be found about an individual online, which can be used by others to build up a picture of the person in question.

Sexting is a term which is widely used by adults and the media to refer to the sending of sexual images. Children and young people do not tend to use the term however, and will typically refer to “sexts”, “nude selfies” or even “dick pics”.

Sextortion refers to the situation where someone is blackmailed and coerced to send indecent images or money to avoid indecent images of them being shared widely online.