The breadth of issues classified within Online Safety is considerable, but can be categorised into three areas of risk:
Where to report?
Hateful or sexually inappropriate content
You can report directly to the content provider, such as a social media or online video provider, asking them to remove hate-filled or overly sexualised content.
Most social media platforms have simple processes in place for reporting inappropriate content. Try searching for 'Report', or look through their terms and conditions, or Help section.
ParentPort is run by the UK's media regulators and allows you to make complaints about online content, wherever you find it. Visit www.parentport.org.uk
True Vision is a police-funded site that provides information about hate crime. You can report all forms of hate crime, including online content, at www.report-it.org.uk. This inlcudes racial, homophobic, transphobic, religious or disability hate crime.
Mobile phone content
You can report any unsuitable online content – film, still images or even plain text – that a child sees using their mobile phone to your mobile operator. If the mobile operator requires further advice, the query will be passed to the British Board of Film Classification
Inappropriate contact with an adult online
If you know or suspect that a child has been communicating with an adult online and you are concerned that they are in danger, report it to CEOP, part of the National Crime Agency: www.ceop.police.uk
Radicalisation and Extremism
If you are worried that a child is in immediate danger you should contact the police either through your local police station or calling 999. You can also report to the confidential anti-terrorist helpline on 0800 789 321.
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