Porn & online safety - Advice for young people | Internet Matters

I have seen porn, what do I do?

Advice for young people

Learn about what to do if you come across porn online.

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Sometimes this kind of extreme sexual material that can also be violent, can pop up when you have not searched for it. It might be sent to you by someone else to shock or hurt you.

Someone you think is a loving partner may send you such inappropriate pictures to try to make you do what they want. If this happens, it is not your fault.

It can help to talk to your family about what could happen and what you should do if it does happen. They can set up controls that help keep you safe.

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If you see any pictures or video that upset or shocks you:

  • Close down your device and walk away
  • Talk a trusted adult

You may feel worried or disturbed by what you have seen. Talking to someone you trust can help. If you prefer you can ring a helpline or talk online to a charity providing support. See Helpful Stuff.

If someone keeps sending you content you do not want to see, block, restrict or unfollow them. For more information on how to block and unfollow people in specific social media services, apps and games, and report it to the social media platform. See Helpful Stuff.

Sending sexual images of people under 18 is against the law and so is any act by an adult trying to get young people under 18 to send such pictures or take part in sex.

Your trusted adult may take steps to save the evidence by screenshot or simply putting the device into a locked place until it can be shown to the police or a person in charge of keeping you safe.

If you are seeking information about sex or sexual health, there are reliable ways you can find this through the NHS.

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