Posting pictures and videos

A few years ago most people only took a camera to special occasions like parties or holidays. Now we carry cameras all the time - on our phones.

You can take some snaps or shoot a video anywhere and share them online in no time. Photos and videos can be a great way to show your friends what you’re up to.

But remember, it can be really hard, sometimes impossible, to delete pictures or videos from the internet or other people’s mobiles. Once you’ve shared something online or on your mobile you’ve lost control of it - it can be copied, shared and even edited!

If you send an embarrassing picture or video to a friend it could end up anywhere. If you post it online anyone could see it, including your parents, teachers or future employers!

Remember – it’s never too late to get help if you’ve shared something you regret. You can report photos and videos to the websites they are on or seek help from an adult you trust.

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What’s wrong with this picture?

Sharing pictures and videos can be a great way of telling your story but always think before you share. Want to post that funny photo? Ask yourself these 5 questions first:

  1. Have I got permission?

    If you’ve taken a picture or video of your friends or family have you got their permission to post it online? Could it upset or embarrass them? If you were them, would you want it shared? If you think the answer might be no, then go and ask them or don’t post it at all.

  2. Would I put it on a billboard?

    Would you be happy for the picture to be put on a billboard so anyone – including your mum, dad or your teacher – could see it? If the answer’s no, then don’t post it.

  3. Who am I sharing with?

    Are you sending it to a friend, someone you met online or posting it for everyone to see? Remember, if you’ve only met someone online they might not be who they say they are. They could copy, edit or share your picture with anyone.

  4. What do I look like?

    Photos and videos are a great way of sharing what you’re up to with your friends but, remember, anything you post online could be there forever. We all do silly things sometimes but if we capture them on camera they can affect the way people think about us in the future. If you’re not sure they paint a positive picture of you (or your friends!) then think twice before posting.

  5. Is it legal?

    Taking and sharing naked or ‘sexy’ pictures or videos of people under 18 is illegal, even if you’re taking them of yourself. The law is there to protect you from adults who make these pictures but sharing them of yourself can be really unsafe. You also shouldn’t share naked or ‘sexy’ pictures of other young people - this is illegal and can cause them very serious problems.

Lost control of a picture or video?

It’s easy to share more than you meant to but remember it’s never too late to take control. 5 ways to take control:

  1. Take the picture or video down.

    Sounds obvious but if you posted it to a website the fastest way to get it down is to remove it yourself. Log on to the site and delete it.

  2. Ask others to delete it.

    If someone else has posted it, ask them to take it down from the site. If they won’t do it, speak to an adult you trust or someone in school – your school should have rules about what pupils can post online.

  3. Report it to the website.

    If it’s been posted on a popular website like Facebook or YouTube you can make a report to the site to ask them to take it down. Most sites have rules to stop people posting embarrassing or hurtful pictures – if the picture or video breaks these rules they should delete it from the site. You can find out how to make a report to social media platforms here

  4. Get help if you’re being bullied.

    If people are being mean about a picture or sharing a video to embarrass you, talk to an adult you trust. You can post messages and get advice on Childline's Message boards or if you want to speak to someone confidentially you can call Childline on 0800 1111.

  5. Report if you’re being threatened.

    If someone’s threatening to share a picture or video of you that you don’t want other people to see, talk to an adult you trust or report to CEOP. Whatever may have happened CEOP will understand. You won’t be in trouble.

Have you shared something you regret?

Talk to someone


ChildLine is a free helpline for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine about anything. No problem is too big or too small. Whatever your worry, it's better out than in.

ChildLine is a private and confidential service. Confidential means not telling anyone else what you’ve said. This means that whatever you say stays between you and ChildLine.

They would only need to tell someone else if:

  • You ask them to
  • We believe your life or someone else’s life is in immediate danger
  • You are being hurt by someone in a position of trust who has access to other children like a teacher or police officer
  • You tell us that you are seriously harming another young person

Call them on 0800 1111. The number won’t appear on your phone bill.

You can also visit to speak to a counsellor online.

Share your experiences with other young people

Talk to other young people about your experiences and get support at the ChildLine messageboards. There are lots of young people talking about everything from sex and relationships to sport and fashion.

ChildLine messageboard

Report it

If someone is threatening you over a picture or video you’ve shared you can report to CEOP.


CEOP helps young people who are being sexually abused or are worried that someone they’ve met is trying to abuse them.

If you’ve met someone online, or face to face, and they are putting you under pressure to have sex or making you feel uncomfortable you should report to CEOP.

This might be someone:

  • Making you have sex when you donʼt want to
  • Chatting about sex online
  • Asking you to meet up face to face if youʼve only met them online
  • Asking you to do sexual things on webcam
  • Asking for sexual pictures of you
  • Making you feel worried, anxious or unsafe

If this is happening to you, or you’re worried that it might be, you can report this to CEOP.