- About Safer Internet Day 2023
- What do I do if something goes wrong?
- Practical tips for starting a conversation about life online
- How to talk about difficult topics
- My child has said something worrying – what do I do?
- Find out more about specific issues
How to make a report
- Getting your child involved in online safety
How to make a report
It is important to know how to make a report, so that you know where to go and what to do if your child is upset or worried about something they have seen online.
There are many places you can go to report and get help for yourself and your child, as well as receive ongoing support and reassurance from experts.
Here are some best practices for parents and carers, followed by a list of places to turn to:
Know when to report
If you or your child has seen something online that is illegal, upsetting or harmful, then it is always best to report it.
Report to the correct place
Depending on the content, reports need to go to specific places for the correct support. See below for a list.
Understand community guidelines
Many online platforms will have their own community guidelines when it comes to harmful online content.
Make sure you are familiarised with the platform so you when the community guidelines are violated you know when to make a report.
If you have made an unsuccessful report but still feel it violates community standards, you can then visit Report Harmful Content for further escalation and review.
Ignoring a piece of harmful online content can lead towards others experiencing this type of harm.
Encourage discussion around the importance of children and young people reporting upsetting content to a parent, carer, or trusted adult.
Where you can report to
Report Harmful Content
You can go to Report Harmful Content to find out how to report across some of the most well-known social media sites and other popular online platforms.
If you have found that a platform’s community guidelines have been violated but your report was rejected, you can head to Report Harmful Content for further escalation and review.
Social Media Checklists
We have created a range of checklists which cover the privacy and security settings for some of the most popular online platforms.
A tool from the Internet Watch Foundation and Childline to support under 18s report a nude image online that has been shared.
An anonymous communication tool by SWGfL, giving students confidence to report issues and concerns.
ACT (Action Counters Terrorism)
If you have come across terrorist content, head to ACT and report in confidence on their website.