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Dangers of Sending Inappropriate Photographs Online

Sending inappropriate photographs online can have severe and lasting consequences for your child. As a parent, it is crucial to educate yourself and your child about the dangers of sending these types of images. Not only can it lead to severe mental and emotional damage, but it can also lead to legal consequences.

Sending inappropriate photographs can lead to significant emotional and mental damage for your child. Once an image is sent, it can be shared without their consent, leading to humiliation, bullying, and shaming. Your child's mental health can be severely affected by the anxiety and stress associated with being the subject of cyberbullying.  Prevention is the best cure!

Sending inappropriate photographs online can also lead to legal consequences. It is illegal to distribute, possess or create explicit images of minors, and this can lead to serious legal repercussions. Your child could face criminal charges, and the legal consequences that can have long-lasting and significant effects on their future.

Many jobs require a criminal records check.  Being involved in distribution of inappropriate photos of minors can prevent your child from getting the job they really want.

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How to Prevent Your Child from Sending Inappropriate Photographs Online 

As a parent, you can take several steps to prevent your child from sending inappropriate photographs online. You can talk to them about the dangers of sending these types of images, and discuss the legal consequences of their actions. You can also teach them about the importance of privacy and maintaining control over their images.

You can also monitor their online activities, including their social media and messaging apps. If you notice any concerning behaviour, you can talk to your child and take appropriate action, including involving school and the police if it is necessary.

Talk to your child about the dangers and the importance of maintaining their privacy and monitor their online activities to keep them safe.  We are here to support you should you need any further advice.  Also, please look at the further support pages.


Getting an inappropriate photo taken down

  1. Go to the NSPCC website ( and click on the "Report Abuse" tab at the top of the page.
  2. On the next page, scroll down until you see the section titled "Report an online sexual image or video of a child." Click on the "Report here" button.
  3. You will then be asked to provide some information about the photo, including where you saw it, who was in it (if you know), and any other details you think might be relevant. You will also be asked to provide your own contact details so that the NSPCC can get in touch with you if they need more information.
  4. Once you've filled out the form, click on the "Submit Report" button at the bottom of the page.
  5. The NSPCC will review your report and take appropriate action to remove the image and protect any children who may have been involved.

It's important to remember that reporting an inappropriate photo is the right thing to do, even if it may feel uncomfortable or scary. The school and the NSPCC is there to help and support young people who have experienced this kind of situation, so don't hesitate to ask if you need help.