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Children can become victims of abuse on the internet through online games, social networking sites and apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, which they can access through devices including tablets, mobile phones and games consoles.
To help protect children while they're online, follow these steps:
You can also find advice about things like setting parental controls or advising your child on good password practice at Get Safe Online.
It's illegal for anyone to have, share or make sexual images or videos of people under 18.
Legally this includes personal images or videos made by under 18s and shared with each other (sometimes called 'sexting').
But it's not always in the public interest to prosecute in these cases. We'll decide whether to take action depending on things like evidence of exploitation or grooming.
The charities, groups and organisations below can provide information and support.
Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
The national police agency for tackling offenders who use the internet to groom and abuse children.
A website run by CEOP (see above) for people of all ages, providing easy-to-understand advice and ways to get in touch.
Get Safe Online
Free and impartial security advice on how to stay safe online and protect your internet-connected devices.