Information and Advice Around Online Safety

A Quick Guide to Support with Online Safety and Abuse

FOR UNDER 18’s:

 

Reporting and Removing sexual images or videos of yourself (for under 18’s or for images and videos made before you were 18):

 

If you are worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone is communicating with you online:

 

 

FOR OVER 18’s:

 

If someone is threatening to share intimate videos or images of you, and support if this has already happened:

How to Report Harmful Content Online

You can use the below button to report harmful content – including content of self-harm, suicide, bullying, and threats online:

 

 

The RHC button is an asset of SWGfL, a charity working internationally to ensure all benefit from technology, free from harm.

 

The button has been developed to offer anyone living in the UK a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to reporting routes for commonly used social networking sites, gaming platforms, apps and streaming services alongside trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting online harm to the RHC service for those over the age of 13 where an intial report has been made to industry but no action has been taken. RHC will review content in line with a sites’ community standards and act in a mediatory capacity where content goes against these.

 

Children under 13 years of age are encouraged to tell an adult that they trust about what has happened and to ask for their help in reporting this going through the how we can help resource together.

 

RHC also have advice and links to reporting routes for other online harms people may come across or face, such as impersonation, privacy violations and intimate image abuse.

The RHC button provides a gateway to the RHC reporting pages, an area of the RHC website offering:

  • links to reporting routes on commonly used sites for 8 types of online harm
  • help, advice and support on what to do if experiencing or witnessing harm online
  • signposting to industry partners reporting forms and the ability to report legal but harmful content directly to RHC for further investigation

 

REPORTING TO HRC:

Reports can be made 24/7 through the online reporting forms and helpline practitioners will review and respond to reports  within 72 hours between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

 

Reports can be made to RHC by anyone over the age of 13. SWGfL operates 3 helplines and to be sure you’re getting the right support take a look at the Helpline flowchart to find out who can best support you.

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