Today marks the start of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, which will run throughout the rest of July and into August. While this is a time to celebrate and enjoy the competition ahead, Report Harmful Content (a free service operated by SWGfL and provided by the UK Safer Internet Centre) are also ensuring that sporting communities and fans across the UK are aware of what support is available during this time to report harmful material online.
Unfortunately, online abuse such as bullying and harassment can be targeted at specific athletes and groups across high profile competitions, which can have a detrimental effect on a player’s performance and wellbeing. To tackle this, Report Harmful Content are running an awareness campaign to highlight what people can do when faced with harmful online content.
Discover how you can support the campaign below.
Tackling Online Abuse
The campaign encourages individuals across the UK to take a stand against bullying and harassment online, and to report harmful online content through established reporting routes. Report Harmful Content provides detailed guidance around how you can protect yourself and others against this type of online abuse and works to better support you in getting harmful material removed from the internet.
Throughout this campaign, we encourage all organisations, including schools and colleges, to spread essential awareness about reporting harmful content online, by downloading the Report Harmful Content Button onto their websites for free. A button on your website shows you are taking a stand against harmful online behaviours.
Read the Latest Guidance from Report Harmful Content
As well as the reporting avenues, Report Harmful Content have put together an online resource to provide guidance around Reporting Online Harassment and Abuse in Sport. Included are steps you can take to respond to online harm, as well as a list of organisations who can support further with specific types of behaviours.
Athletes across all types of sport face bullying and harassment online, and with this campaign we intend to highlight how we can create a positive online space for everyone. With your support, we can all tackle online harassment and abuse.