Concerned about use of the internet

We give confidential and anonymous help to people who are worried about their own online behaviour and who want to change.

If you’re concerned about viewing sexual images of children, or having sexual conversations with under 16s, we can help you stop and change your behaviour for good.

We keep no details or information that can identify the people who access 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

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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 for online sexual offences 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.

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

Some people who view sexual images of children online may have a form of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) which is characterised by intrusive sexual thoughts about children. These people are not sexually aroused by these thoughts, which 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. You can read more about OCD here.


  • 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 illegal Internet images, or have thought about accessing them but not already done so. 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.

Your use of this website constitutes your agreement to the provisions of the disclaimer.

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To take the survey, please click here.

Thank you.