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.

Safe is our dedicated website for young people and adults alike, giving advice and support on all forms of online abuse. From cyberbullying and sexting to social media stalking and online grooming, visit safe.met.police.uk find out how to stay safe online.

Other useful links

The charities, groups and organisations below can also 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.

ThinkUKnow
A website run by CEOP (see above) for people of all ages, providing easy-to-understand advice and ways to get in touch.

Childline
A free, private and confidential service where children can talk to a trained counsellor about anything that’s troubling them, any time of day.

Get Safe Online
Free and impartial security advice on how to stay safe online and protect your internet-connected devices.