Helping young men to navigate responsibly online - Protecting child victims from harm

Helping young men to navigate responsibly online - Protecting child victims from harm

In the United Kingdom taking, making, sharing and possessing indecent photographs [and pseudo-photographs] of under-18s is illegal.


Can you be sure the person in the pictures you're viewing online is over-18?. If you've come across indecent images online that you believe may be of under-18s, do the right thing and report it. If you need help navigating the internet safely and legally, get in touch in confidence.

If you are a victim of indecent images or have been asked to share indecent images and would like to talk to someone in confidence, please contact us.

If you are concerned about your behaviour online and want help to navigate the internet safely and legally, or if you are worried about someone else’s behaviour, stop and seek help.


Viewing, sharing and distributing indecent images of under-18s online is illegal. Research shows that not everyone knows the law and may be reluctant or embarrassed to ask. We also know that the age of people in pictures isn't always clear, so even if you think someone is over-18 in a picture, they may not be.

Marie Collins Foundation, in partnership with HM Government and Internet Watch Foundation, has launched an education campaign to highlight the harm caused to child victims of online sexual abuse and to raise awareness about the law.

Targeted at males aged 18-24, the campaign is designed to inform and help young men use the internet safely, for their own sake and for the protection of under-18s who have been abused and/or coerced into being in indecent pictures that are shared online. We also want to give young men the tools and confidence to report any indecent images of children they encounter online.

The campaign is countering myths, challenging misconceptions and justifications, stressing responsibilities and increasing awareness and understanding.

Our aims are to:

  • Protect victims and reduce the amount of indecent images of children online;
  • Educate young men so they can legally and safely navigate their online environment with confidence in the future.

Campaign assets can be downloaded here and you can find out more from the Internet Watch Foundation here


For more information and other videos please visit this page:


Please download our case studies below:

Case Study The Social Workers View March 2017

Case Study A Victims Story

Case Study A Survivors Story

Case Study A Parents Story


In the United Kingdom taking, making, sharing and possessing indecent photographs [and pseudo-photographs [1]] of under-18s is illegal.

  • This can include photos, videos, tracings and derivatives of a photograph, and data that can be converted into a photograph.
  • The term “indecent” is not defined in legislation but can include penetrative sexual activity, and non-penetrative sexual activity.
  • The term "making" can include opening, accessing, downloading and storing online content.
  • The term “sharing” includes sending on an email, offering on a file sharing platform, uploading to a site that other people have access to and possessing with a view to distribute.

HM Government wants to protect young people by ensuring they know the rights and wrongs of online sexual images and empower them to navigate the internet confidently and safely within legal boundaries. Click here to find out more on the website.


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