Report inappropriate content or behavior toward children

If your child sees inappropriate content or experiences inappropriate behavior, use the steps below to report it.

Report child porn

Child sexual abuse imagery and other content exploiting children is illegal.

If you suspect a child is in danger or has been subject to abuse, exploitation, or trafficking, contact your local law enforcement immediately. For a list of organizations you can contact, visit the Help Center.

Report child grooming

Child grooming is a set of actions aimed at establishing a connection with a child to lower the child's inhibitions in preparation for sexual abuse, trafficking, or other exploitation.

If you suspect a child is in danger or has been subject to abuse, exploitation, or trafficking, contact your local law enforcement immediately. For a list of organizations you can contact, visit the Help Center.

Report to Google

If you have already made a report to law enforcement and still need help, or you have a suspicion that a child has been subject to child grooming on Gmail or Hangouts, you can also report the behavior to Google using this form.

Please remember that you can always block people’s accounts you do not want to be contacted by. For more safety tips, visit the Google Safety Center.

Report bullying or harassment

If you feel that you or your child is in danger, contact your local authorities right away and ask if any cyber harassment laws apply in your child's situation.

You can help prevent people from contacting your child.

Report other violations

Some Google services let you to report other content that violates the service’s content policy. Keep in mind that these services aren't designed or tailored for children. If the content you report is allowed in the service's policy, no action will be taken.

Tip: To help filter the content your child sees, learn how to manage their Google Account settings.

Ads

When your child uses Google Services, we try to filter out inappropriate ads on our owned and operated services if your child is both:

Our filter isn't 100% perfect, and your child may see ads you don't want them to see. If your child sees an inappropriate ad, report the ad and we'll review it.

Google app or Google Search

If SafeSearch was turned on for your child's account when they found mature content, use the instructions below to report it.

If your child is using an Android device, follow the instructions below. Otherwise, learn how to report an image or site on other devices.

Report an image
  1. Tap the image to open a larger version of the image.
  2. In the bottom right corner, tap More More and then Send feedback.
  3. Describe why you think the image shouldn't show when SafeSearch is on.
  4. Tap Send Send.

Google Photos

If your child is using an Android device, follow the steps below. Otherwise, learn how to send a report on other devices.

  1. Open the Google Photos app Photos.
  2. In the top right, tap More More and then Report abuse.
  3. Choose the reason for your report.
  4. Tap Report.

Google Play

First, check the content to see if it has the Family Star badge Family star badge. If you see the Family Star badge, skip the steps below and report a problem with family content. Otherwise, follow the steps below.

Play Apps, Games & Music
  1. On your child's device, open the Play Store app Play Store.
  2. Tap the inappropriate music, app or game.
  3. At the bottom of the page, tap Flag as inappropriate.
  4. Choose the reason you find the content inappropriate.
  5. Tap Submit.
Play Movies & TV
  1. On your child's device, open the Play Movies & TV app Play Movies.
  2. At the bottom, tap Library and then Movies or TV Shows.
  3. Find the show or movie.
  4. Press play.
  5. Tap the screen.
  6. In the top right, tap More Moreand then Help & feedback and then Send feedback.
  7. Enter your reason for reporting the movie or show.
  8. Tap Send Send.
Play Books

To report mature books, visit the report illegal or offensive content page.

YouTube Kids

  1. On your child's device, open the YouTube Kids app YouTube Kids.
  2. Go to the Watch page of the video you’d like to report.
  3. In the top right corner, tap More More and then Report.
  4. Select the reason for reporting the video.

When you report an inappropriate video, the video is automatically blocked for your child in the YouTube Kids app if your child is signed in to their Google Account.

YouTube

  1. On your child’s device, open the YouTube app.
  2. Go to the Watch page of the video you’d like to report.
  3. In the top right corner, tap More More and then Report.
  4. Select the reason for reporting the video.
  5. Note: YouTube, YouTube Music, and YouTube TV are not available for children under 13. Children under 13 should use YouTube Kids for watching video content.
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