Concerned about your online behaviour
We support people who are worried about their own online behaviour and who want to change.
- use our confidential helpline, live chat or send us a secure message
- use our anonymous online self-help to stop viewing sexual images of children, or to stop having sexual conversations with under 16s
We don’t keep details or information that can identify the people who use this site. Like the Stop It Now! helpline, the site is free, anonymous and completely confidential.
We can help you change your online behaviour
Get the facts about the consequences of viewing sexual images of children online.
Understand why and how to change your risky or illegal online behaviour.
Understand your own behaviour and what you might need to change.
Use our self-help pages to support you to stop and change your behaviour for good.
Need help finding your way around the site?
How we help
Maybe you haven’t done anything illegal yet, but you’re worried about your online behaviour.
Maybe you’ve already stopped looking at sexual images of children or stopped having online sexual conversations with under 16s.
Maybe you are under investigation by the police or maybe nobody knows about your online behaviour.
By visiting this site you have already taken a step in the right direction. We can help you understand the facts and consequences of online sexual offending and finding help to stop.
We’re here to help you. Just like making any change, there will be times when you feel on top of things, and times when it feels confusing and difficult. That’s to be expected, and we suggest you take it one step at a time.
We’re committed to helping people stop their illegal online behaviour. We know that people can, and do, stop. Through the Stop It Now! helpline, we have helped thousands of people, from all walks of life, to address their online behaviour.
The content and exercises here are based on our experience of working with those people and on their feedback and suggestions. We think we can help you too, not only to get on the right path, but also to help you stay on it.
You can talk to us
Our confidential Stop It Now! helpline supports anyone with a worry about preventing child sexual abuse. Some people who contact us have been arrested and some haven’t. Some have committed a crime and some haven’t. Some people contact us because they are worried about their sexual thoughts about children even though they don’t think they will act on them.
The experienced advisors on our confidential helpline can support you with any concerns you have and if you need help as you work through these webpages. You don’t have to give your real name, location or any contact details. If you’re not ready to speak to anyone yet, you can also get in touch with us online.
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Some people who are concerned about their sexual thoughts about children may have a form of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), characterised by intrusive or unwanted sexual thoughts about children. These people are not sexually aroused by these thoughts, which instead, cause them extreme distress and anxiety.
If this sounds like it might be true for you, we suggest you speak to your doctor. The modules on this site are not designed to treat OCD. Read more about OCD.
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 that they have a problem with online offending. 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! UK and Ireland 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! UK and Ireland 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! UK and Ireland and must not be reproduced or distributed without prior permission.
Your use of this website constitutes your agreement to the provisions of the disclaimer.
Help with research
If you are 18 or over and have been involved in obtaining, storing or distributing sexual images or videos of children, you could help with an academic survey.
The University of Nottingham is looking for participants to help with their research: find out more here.