Inappropriate content

The internet has provided a new way to share content with a wider audience. Some content may be illegal, inappropriate, offensive or unsuitable for some age groups.

Computer screen playing video and a red cross icon placed in the frontInappropriate or unsafe content might include:

  • pornography
  • violence
  • extremist behaviour
  • sites advocating criminal and anti-social behaviour
  • offensive content such as text, photos or videos on social media
  • chatrooms or blogs that encourage racism or hate.

Some people may deliberately search for inappropriate content. You might accidently open content by typing in the wrong web address or clicking on pop-up advertisements or links in emails.

Viewing inappropriate content may be damaging to a young person’s health and wellbeing.

It is important that children develop digital literacy skills so they can assess the value and accuracy of the content they see. It’s also important for children to know what they can do if they see something that offends them.

Top tips

  • We encourage parents and teachers to ask children what content they are searching for online.
  • We encourage parents to find out where children might have access to the internet – at a friend’s house, at school or at the library.
  • Learn how to report inappropriate or offensive content on social media.
  • Find some counselling services in your area if you see something that upsets you or makes you feel uncomfortable.