Technology and its impact
In recent years, misuse of the internet and mobile phones by children and young people has become a serious problem.
Not only can technology be used as a way to bully other children - such as by sending compromising images of a young person to members of their peer group or exposing personal information about a young person in a chat room, on a blog or through a social networking site - but they are also, at times, used by young people in a harmful sexual way.
We need to be concerned if young people have access to adult pornography and view it regularly. Although we do not know what effect looking at such material may have on their sexual and emotional development, it may adversely impact on their understanding of intimacy and personal relationships.
Some young people become involved in downloading sexually abusive images of children on the internet and may become sexually aroused by what they are viewing. Often, they have little understanding of the impact of the abuse on the child in the image and some do not understand that it is against the law to view such material on the internet.
It is important to understand the detrimental impact on young people’s personal development caused by viewing such abusive images and to take action to help them stop.
So if you have worries, call the Stop it Now! Freephone, confidential helpline on 0808 1000 900 or email email@example.com for advice, support and information. It's a safe place to discuss your concerns. Please bear in mind there will be a delay in response to the email service, for an immediate response please call our confidential Helpline - 0808 1000 900.
You can download our leaflet for parents/carers who have concerns about a young person's sexual behaviour which gives additional information on services we can offer families experiencing problems.
Our telephone Helpline offers a confidential service for people seeking advice and support. This means that when contacting us you do not have to give any identifying information such as address, telephone number or last name.
However, if you do give us identifying information and we are concerned that a child is at risk or a criminal offence has been committed which the police may not be aware of, we will have to pass on that information to the appropriate agencies.
We also offer a confidential e-mail service, firstname.lastname@example.org, on which you can contact us. Your e-mail address will not be displayed. Due to high demand for this service, we are unfortunately unable to offer an immediate response to your enquiry. We aim to respond to all emails within 3-5 working days but if your enquiry is urgent please call the confidential Helpline 0808 1000 900.