Make sure your home doesn’t have an open door to child sexual abusers.

Follow the TALK checklist to help keep your child safe online.

1 in 4 teenagers receives unwanted sexual messages online.*

Are you unknowingly letting child sexual abusers into your home?

Young people are being contacted in their own homes on online platforms and apps and asked for sexual pictures and videos, while their parents and carers believe they are safe.

More and more sexual abuse material is created by offenders who coerce and groom children into sexual activities, often in children’s own bedrooms and bathrooms. They then record this via webcams or livestreaming services. It’s known as ‘self-generated**’ child sexual abuse imagery.

This is happening now, and it can happen to anyone. But you can do something about it; you can help prevent it happening to your child.

* Childnet, deSHAME Executive Summary, page 3

** Luxembourg Terminology Guidelines, page 43

The scale of self-generated child sexual abuse imagery is hard to comprehend.

Since the start of the pandemic, the amount of ‘self-generated’ child abuse imagery has increased dramatically.

In 2020, the IWF confirmed 68,000 cases of such imagery, a rise of 77% on the year before. It accounts for nearly half (44%) the imagery we took action on last year.

In 80% of these cases, the victims were 11- to 13-year-old girls.

What can parents
and carers do?


TALK to your child about online sexual abuse. Start the conversation – and listen to their concerns.


AGREE ground rules about the way you use technology as a family.


LEARN about the platforms and apps your child loves. Take an interest in their online life.


KNOW how to use tools, apps and settings that can help to keep your child safe online.

Download the TALK resource

All parents and carers need to be aware of the risks of online child sexual abuse and the scale of the issue affecting children today. Please help us spread the word. Read and share our downloadable guide for parents and carers.

Need help now?

If you think a child is in immediate danger, phone 999.
If you’d like advice, guidance or if you’re worried about a child, we’ve compiled a list of organisations that can offer help, support and a place to report concerns.
There are also links to further online safety resources and links to the online safety pages of major social media platforms.