Online behaviour

This part of the site is for wives and partners, parents, adult family members and friends of people who they suspect or know may be accessing indecent images of children online, or engaging in other inappropriate sexual behaviours involving children.

It contains our Family and Friends Forum, a safe space to share your own experience, and to read about the experiences of others. To post in the forum you’ll need to register first, but you don’t need to give your name to register to use the site.

Our aim

To provide the kind of information that family members need in order to begin to make sense of an extremely challenging situation. The discovery or suspicion that someone close to you is looking at sexual images of children is usually very upsetting and people worry about the consequences not just for that person, but for themselves and their families.

This website also offers a free, anonymous self-help section for people who are concerned about their own online behaviour. It provides information about illegal online images and the law, and helps users to identify and explore their problematic use of the internet and to manage their behaviour.

If you need support, you can call our confidential helpline to speak to a trained advisor who won’t judge you. If you’re not ready to speak to someone then you can use our secure messaging system.

We also have a leaflet that can help you to understand what has happened if someone you know has been accessing sexual images of children or talking to them sexually online, including if the police are involved. It provides the advice you will need on how to move forward.

The University of Nottingham is conducting research through an anonymous survey. The research aims to understand experiences of women who have experienced difficulties in their relationships, including those whose partners/ex-partners have been involved in sexual offences against children online.

Please click here if you would like to find out more or take part. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Aimee Johnson.


Your use of this website constitutes your agreement to the provisions of the following points:

  • The information provided throughout this website is intended for information, self-exploration and self-help only. It is designed to increase awareness in people who may feel they experience sexual thoughts about children or may have committed a sexual offence against a child. The information contained in this website is not, and should not be taken as, a substitute for professional advice and/or treatment.
  • Although the content of the self-help exercises is based on existing research, this research is on-going and the authors would not wish to make any claims about effectiveness.
  • All the information contained on this website is intended to increase awareness of a problem, or potential problem, with regard to a sexual interest in children and is not designed to form a diagnosis. Anyone who feels that they may have a problem in this area should seek professional advice from a qualified person.
  • The Stop It Now team accepts no liability for claims by, or damages of any kind whatsoever to, users of this website. This also applies to decisions or actions taken by any individuals on the basis of the information contained on this website.
  • The information and materials, unless stated otherwise, are copyrighted by Stop It Now and are intended solely for the users own use.
  • The contents, design and format of this website are under the ownership of Stop It Now and must not be reproduced or distributed without prior permission.
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Can you help us improve the effectiveness of this website?

To keep this website and its self-help resources as effective as possible for its users, we would very much appreciate you taking a short survey. The survey is completely confidential and you will not need to provide any identifying details. It should take about ten minutes to complete.

To take the survey, please click here.

Thank you.