More people in Britain are concerned about websites showing the sexual abuse of children than other types of illegal, illicit or ‘harmful’ internet content. However, more than half of people in Britain currently say that they either wouldn’t know how to report it if they were to encounter it (40%) or would just ignore it (12%).
The ComRes poll conducted among a representative sample of 2058 British adults for the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) shows the vast majority of people in Britain think that child sexual abuse content (“child pornography”) (91%) and computer generated images or cartoons of child sexual abuse (85%) should be removed from the internet.
83% of people overall say they are ‘concerned’ about child pornography with 74% saying they are ‘very concerned’.
Other areas of concern:
- 77% are concerned about computer generated images or cartoons of child sexual abuse;
- 73% are concerned about terrorist websites;
- 68% are concerned about very extreme/violent pornography;
- 62% are concerned about hate websites (racist or homophobic);
- 61% are concerned about suicide websites;
- 51% are concerned about eating disorder websites.
4% of men – the equivalent of one million men, and 2% of women, the equivalent of 500,000, report actually having come into contact with it, or have stumbled across it.
So would you know how to report it if you stumbled across it? The IWF have posted some very useful videos to take you through the necessary steps and these can be found on You Tube. The link below will take you straight there so please take a moment to do so.