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Online Abuse

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
  • emails
  • 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.

The internet can be a great place for children and young people to play, learn and connect. But it can also put them at risk of online abuse. That’s why we’ve got advice and support for you and your child. Together we can keep children safe online.

Support is available – 

For parents and Carers

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.

Internet Matters

A site to help empower Parents and Carers to keep children safe in a digital world.


A resource for parents and pupils to help and support with a wide range of personal issues … including family problems, mental health, disabilities, housing, money worries and abuse.

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