Support after something's happened online

It can be scary finding out that someone you’ve been talking to may not have been honest about who they were. But you haven’t done anything wrong. We're here for you whenever you need us.

Why have I been sent a message?

We've messaged you because the police are speaking to someone you've been talking to online. This person was trying to pressure young people into sending naked images. Sometimes this is called grooming. What they've been doing is wrong and isn't your fault.

We can't say exactly what might happen to the person you were speaking to, but when someone's charged with a crime they'll usually be taken to court to decide if they're innocent or guilty. If they're found guilty, the judge will decide what should happen next.

The police don't know who you are, they just know your username. It's natural to have questions about what's happened, but we're here to support you.

We're here 24/7 if you want to talk confidentially about anything. You can talk online, by calling 0800 111 for free, or by creating an account to email us.