Internet & Social Media Safety

Social Media

Internet safety is about ensuring that vulnerable people are protected from harm and are supported to achieve the maximum benefit from new and developing technologies without exposing themselves or others to harm. 

Certain groups are particularly vulnerable to bullying, inappropriate sexualised behaviour or exploitation.

Social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are virtual communities, which can be comprised of people of a variety of different ages and backgrounds.

For general information on staying safe online, visit our E-Safety pages  



Who deals with this?

If the contact refers to criminal offences, abuse or vulnerability issues, contact Northumbria Police.

If you need advice on Internet safety visit the Northumbria Police E-Safety Website in the first instance.

For more specific information,


Useful Support Websites

Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), for reporting criminal On-line content (child abuse and criminally obscene adult content hosted in the UK). Content hosted in UK can be removed within 60 minutes of a report being submitted. This organisation works with the UK police and many other agencies nationally and internationally:


CEOP, Child Exploitation and On-line Protection Centre, to report on-line child sexual abuse and exploitation:


Thinkuknow, guide to internet safety and surfing for young people and parents:


Report-it, Bullying, Harassment and Hate Abuse help and support sites:


Ebay, Customer Services:


Facebook, guidance on how to report inappropriate things on Facebook (nudity, violence etc):


Twitter, guidance on how to report abusive or harassing behaviour:


Snapchat, to report a safety or abuse issue:

Get Safe Online, protect yourself against fraud, identity theft, viruses and many other problems





Dated: 04 Jul 2016