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Children's Views on Reporting Online Harms

Research by Childnet, released in March, shows that any children 'are not reporting online harms, often due to a lack of confidence that anything will be done about the issues they face.'

Key findings include:

  • Only 10% of children aged 8-17 strongly agree that they know how to report different types of content on the platforms they use

  • Nearly a third of children (32%) say they sometimes do nothing when they are upset or worried about something online, with more than one in 20 (7%) regularly doing nothing in response.

  • Young people are more than twice as likely to block someone online (44%) as report them (21%).

  • Under 50% of all age groups believe that something they reported that could be harmful would be removed.

Read the full report at:

How to Report Harmful Online Content

Report Harmful Content is an online service provided by UK Safer Internet Centre and operated by SWGfL. It is a national reporting centre designed to allow anyone to report harmful content online. Reports can be made about content falling into these eight categories:

  1. Online Abuse

  2. Bullying or Harassment

  3. Threats

  4. Impersonation

  5. Unwanted Sexual Advances (Not Image Based)

  6. Violent Content

  7. Self-Harm or Suicide Content

  8. Pornographic Content

The website also provides guidance for reporting content on specific platforms, such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Roblox etc.

Visit: to make a report or read advice.


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