When a young person loses control of a nude image of themselves, it can be very distressing. It's important that young people don't feel judged when this happens and you should reassure them that they haven’t done anything wrong. You should also follow your organisation’s child protection procedures.
You can also help a young person aged under 18 to use the Report Remove tool to see if the image or video can be taken down, and Childline can provide further support. Find out more in our video below.
Report Remove can help to take down nude or sexual images that include at least one of the following:
Remember, you should never view the image.
Even if you’re not sure whether an image or video will be removed, it’s important to support the young person use the tool. The list above is only an indication of the type of images and videos that might be removed. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) will assess the image and try to remove it if they can. Young people can also choose to access emotional support from Childline during the process.
Children and young people can access Report Remove on the Childline website. They then follow three steps:
Our online course will support you to respond appropriately to incidents of sharing nudes or semi-nudes. You'll learn why young people may share images online, the risks involved and how to support them and their parents or carers. The course covers managing incidents, what the law says and how to make a report. The training takes around 3 hours, is CPD-certified and costs £25.
Information to help you respond appropriately to incidents of nude image sharing.
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Learn about Report Remove, an online tool that under-18s can use to report nude images or videos of themselves that have been shared online, and find out how to integrate it into your response to incidents of sharing nudes.
Information about what online abuse is, how to recognise it and how people who work with children can respond to it.
Guidance on how to prepare for having difficult conversations with children and young people and what you need to keep in mind when discussing sensitive topics.
Relationships and sex education teaching resources to help you plan health, relationships and sex education that protects young people and promotes healthy wellbeing.