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Child Online Safeguarding Team
Internet Safety

Teenagers using the Internet

The Internet is often a fun and informative place to explore and get the latest news and advice - but sometimes people can use it to cause harm.


There are a number of ways you can make sure that you, your friends and your family stay safe when using the Internet.


Read our;


  • Advice for young people
  • Advice for parents

You can also find out more about:

• staying safe on social networking sites and while using Bluetooth
• dealing with cyberbullying and sexting
• reporting obscene, illegal or pornographic material
• dealing with unsolicited or hoax e-mails
• support organisations


Know the law

The following are criminal offences:

• Having, making, taking or distributing indecent images of children
• Enticing children for the purpose of sexual activity (for example via chatrooms)
• Writing or having material which contains graphic stories about child sexual abuse and exploitation
• Bullying, harassing or verbally abusing someone because of their sexual orientation, disability, race or religion (known as a hate crime)


Report abuse

If you or someone you know is being abused online or you see something you don't like, report it. You can also find out about support organisations who offer advice and information.


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Trolling and Internet / Cyber-Bullying


Download our guide to dealing with cyber bullying:

Stay safe online leaflet


For more information and advice on trolling and Internet / cyber-bullying, as well as reporting online abuse, please click here.

Call Hertfordshire Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111