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Inappropriate Content

Being online usually means we’re doing something fun – talking to friends, playing games, or watching our favourite show. But sometimes we can see, hear, or experience things online we don’t like or understand. It might even be frightening.

The online world can be a great place but there can also be content and people that are harmful. Content refers to things like photos, videos and even written content like messages and comments. It’s really important that you know what to do if you see upsetting content online so that someone can support you. They can also help by reporting the content and if someone has sent it to you, that person can also be reported and blocked.


Shut down what you’re doing and turn off your screen or device.


Take a moment to check in with yourself and instead of thinking about what you saw, focus on how you’re feeling.


Find a trusted adult, like a parent, carer or teacher. Tell them about what happened. If a trusted adult isn’t available, you can contact Childline by calling 0800 1111.

Get Support

Police Service of Northern Ireland

If someone or something is making you feel scared, threatened or distressed, report it to the police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Trusted Adults

If you are worried or concerned about something, please make sure you speak to an adult you trust.


You can contact Childline about anything. Whatever your worry, it’s better out than in. They’re here to support you.

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