It's illegal to possess, make or distribute indecent images and videos of children (someone under the age of 18). This is a form of child abuse.
'Making’ an indecent image doesn't just mean a person taking a photo or video. It can also mean a person downloading or printing an indecent image, or opening an email attachment containing an indecent image.
An indecent image is:
pornographic or sexually provocative
grossly offensive or obscene
focussing on, or mainly on, the child’s genitals or anal region
If you're concerned about any images or videos you've seen on the internet or you're sent obscene material, please get in touch in any of these other ways:
If you suspect someone is in immediate danger, call 999 now. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.
Call our non-emergency, 24/7 number: 101. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use our textphone service on 18001 101.
What to do with offensive material you've received
Don't print or email it, not even to send it to the police. This will be seen as distribution which is a crime.
Don't delete the images as they may be needed as evidence.
Let your Internet Service Provider know, as well as block the sender's email address/social media accounts.
If you keep getting 'pop up' windows taking you to similar links, disable cookies in your browser. Cookies hold information about your internet use, making it easy for similar types of emails or links to be sent.
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