Q & A

  • Some naked photos of me come up in Google – how do I get my name and the pics taken off the search results when people Google me?

    In order to remove an image from Google search results, the image must first be removed from the website where it is hosted. You should contact the particular website which the image is on using their reporting tools. If they don’t have a reporting tool, you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111 and ask them to report the site to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) who work to remove indecent images of children from the internet. Once the image has been removed from the site, after some time (the search engine needs to ‘forget’ this search result) it will soon stop appearing in Google search results.

  • Someone at school has put pictures of me I don’t like on this website – how can I get them taken down?

    If you find a picture of you on a website which you didn’t want to be shared publicly, then there are steps you can take to get the image removed.

    Most websites have a way for you to ask them to remove ‘content’ – like videos, pictures, comments or profiles – that upsets you. This is called making a ‘report’.

    It’s important to know that making a report doesn’t mean the content will definitely be removed. Websites will only take content down if it breaks the website’s ‘terms of use’.

    Just like in school, most websites have a set of rules which they expect people using their site to obey. If you want to have something taken down from a site you should check to see if it breaks one of their rules. You can find out where to report on different sites here.

    Unfortunately, some websites are not as reliable as others and may not have clear reporting tools. In that case if it’s an ‘indecent’ image you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111. They work with the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) to get indecent images of young people deleted from the internet. You could also speak to somebody that you trust (e.g. a parent/carer, teacher) as a crime may have been committed. This might feel embarrassing or difficult at first but they will be aware that this happens and be able to help you.

    Find out more about the risks of sharing naked images and how to stay safe here.

  • What is ‘sexting’?

    'Sexting' is another term for ‘indecent’ images which people have taken of themselves and sent to someone else or posted online.

    There’s no legal definition of ‘indecent’ but basically if it’s naked, a topless girl, contains genitals or sex acts, including masturbation, then it will be indecent.

    As a general rule if you wouldn’t show it to your parents or your gran, you probably shouldn’t share it online!

    Find out more about the risks of sharing naked images and how to stay safe here.

  • I’ve been sent a lot of pics over the last few months, but I didn’t know it was illegal! What do I do now?

    If you have been sent photos which you are worried about, the first thing to do is not panic. If you’ve been sharing pictures with a boyfriend or girlfriend then talk to them about the fact that it’s really risky (and illegal!) and tell them that you should both stop doing it. Remember, there are lots of other ways to let each other know that you care. You should then delete the photos from your phone or online.

    If the images are of someone else, perhaps a girl or boy at school, and then they might be at risk. It would be a good idea to talk to someone that you trust about the images for example a parent or carer or a teacher. You might find it embarrassing or difficult but they will be aware that this happens and be able to help. Under no circumstances should you send on the images to anybody else.

    Find out more about the risks of sharing naked images and how to stay safe here.

  • I’ve shown my friends a naked pic of my boyfriend. Was it illegal for me to do that?

    It’s against the law to have naked pictures or videos of someone under 18, that includes taking the photo, sending it on, or keeping any naked images you’ve been sent.

    The law is like this to protect young people from adults who sexually abuse them and take photos or videos of the abuse. But even if it’s a picture which your boyfriend or girlfriend has taken, it is against the law, and you definitely shouldn’t share naked or indecent pictures of anyone without their consent.

    Although you probably wouldn’t get in trouble with the police, you could cause your boyfriend or girlfriend serious distress and get yourself in serious trouble at school. Remember, if you threaten or pressure anyone to share naked pictures with you then you could get in trouble with the police.

    You should delete any pictures you have on your mobile or computer and ask anyone you’ve shared these pictures with to do the same.

    Find out more about the risks of sharing naked images and how to stay safe here.