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Report online harm or illegal content

There are a range of organisations you can report harmful content to. Each of the organisations covers a specific area of content and has a role to play in protecting people from harmful and objectionable content(external link) online.

Once these agencies receive your complaint or query, they will investigate and get in touch with the provider about the content in question.

Misinformation

It can be hard for young people to know if the information they read, listen to, watch and share online could be misleading or even harmful. We collated some advice to help students think critically and figure out what's real and what's not online:

Support for vulnerable communities

All young people can be exposed to harms online. However, some groups are more vulnerable than others, for example, rainbow youth or youth with neurodevelopmental disorders. There are a range of organisations you can reach out to for additional help and support:

  • OutLine(external link): a Rainbow mental health organisation providing all-ages support services across Aotearoa. Free call 0800 688 5463 between 6pm-9pm for support, or contact details for organisations supporting rainbow young people.
  • BeThere(external link): provides information and resources for rainbow young people and their families, including rainbow support groups.
  • Hohou Te Rongo Kahukura(external link): provides resources for rainbow people of all ages focused on healthy relationships, consent and seeking help.

Kids and Gender Toolbox(external link) is a resource for families to support their Rainbow children and young people. Research shows that safe and welcoming families reduce negative outcomes associated with isolation, including online harm.