See also: fraud.
If you’ve been scammed or conned online, you can report it to Action Fraud.
CEOP is the child exploitation and online protection centre. It works with child protection partners across the UK and overseas to identify the main threats to children and coordinates activity against these threats to bring offenders to account. They protect children from harm online and offline, directly through National Crime Agency led operations and in partnership with local and international agencies. If someone has behaved towards you online, or to a child or young person you know – it may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up – you can report it to CEOP by making a CEOP report (see below).
- Make a CEOP report – if someone has behaved inappropriately online towards someone who is under 18, report it here
- Think U Know website – info and advice for young people (and teachers and carers) on using the latest technologies and gadgets safely
- Using a webcam safely – factsheet
- Internet safety – advice for parents
- Training and knowledge sharing for professionals
- CEOP on You Tube account
If you need help, call the police on 101 – or 999 in an emergency.
Be cyber savvy with this government advice website for individuals and businesses. Learn how to protect your data and avoid falling prey to cyber criminals.
The UK’s leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety. They’ve got loads of information for individuals and businesses, including advice on data protection, social networking, protecting your computer, online gaming, viruses, spyware, cyberstalking, privacy, buying tickets online – the list of topics is practically endless!
The Safe Network provides safeguarding information related to activities outside the home – from after school art clubs to weekend reading groups
Insafe is a European network constituted by 30 national Safer Internet Centres in EU member states and in Iceland, Norway and Russia. Every national Centre implements awareness and educational campaigns, runs a helpline, and works closely with youth to ensure an evidence-based, multi-stakeholder approach to creating a better internet. They’re also the brains behind Safer Internet Day.
They are the UK Hotline for reporting criminal online content and work with the internet industry, police and international partners to get it removed. Reports to the IWF are confidential and can be submitted anonymously. Your report to the Hotline may help to trace and rescue a young victim from further abuse.