Reporting Incidents on Messaging Apps

If your child is experiencing abuse or unwanted contact online, there are a number of in-platform controls available to help manage the situation.

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Written by Cyber Expert:

Taryn Wren

ICT Teacher

Last modified Jan 18, 2022

Reporting to have embarrassing, inappropriate, or hurtful posts or comments removed from social media as soon as possible, is essential. Reporting to the platform is generally the first step but if you have ongoing concerns, or if the incident is serious (such as severe cyberbullying, image-based abuse, or involving child exploitation material), consider reporting it to the Office of the eSafety Commissioner (Australia) or Netsafe (New Zealand). In some cases, it may also be appropriate to seek assistance from your child's school or local law enforcement.


Messenger allows users to block people and delete messages/conversations. Users can also report people for being abusive, inappropriate, or for spamming.

Report content on Messenger


Skype allows users to block contacts. Users are also able to report other users to Skype.

Report content on Skype


WhatsApp allows users to block and report other accounts. If a user violates the platform’s Terms of Service, then WhatsApp may ban their account.

Report content on WhatsApp

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