This section looks at what types of misuse are against the law.

Creating Fake Accounts

Many people think setting up a fake account is a bit of a laugh but the truth is that creating a fake account in someone else’s name is illegal. Click on the newspaper articles below to read the stories and answer the following questions..




Task 1: Talk in your group about fake accounts

  • Why do you think people create fake accounts?

  • What are the consequences of setting up fake accounts?

Sexting – What is it?

Sexting is when someone shares sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sends sexually explicit messages.

Messages can be sent using mobiles, tablets, smartphones, laptops – any device that allows you to share media and messages.

Sexting is illegal. This is what the law says:



As we all know, technology has changed the way we watch our favourite movies or TV shows, listen to songs or buy music, and we can view so much content on the internet with our mobile phone, PC or tablet. However, it is illegal to download content without the permission of the owner. It can be very confusing because there are so many sites to view digital media so we will look at different ways to view media legally and how to stay on the right side of the law.

Task 2: Talk in your group about copyright

Copyright is when a person or company creates art, music, film, books, etc – that person has the right to control the use of their work.

  • Why do you think copyright is important?
  • What do you think will happen if you break copyright laws?
  • What do you need to do to make sure you don’t break the law?

If you want to copyright your own work, mark it with the international copyright symbol © followed by the name of the creator.

Task 3: Visit the website ‘The Content Map’

Click here to find different sites where it is legal to watch TV, Film, Music etc.

Task 4: Watch the News Report about online abuse

It is against the law to abuse someone online.

  • What happened to these two Twitter Trolls?
  • Is it right that people should be punished for cyber-bullying?
  • How can we all stop this kind of abuse?


Remember, just report any online abuse to the online police (CEOP)

click ceop


Use respected sites to view videos, music and TV.

Don’t take someone’s work and pass it off as your own.

Online abuse is illegal, report it!

CEOP is the online police and many sites now have a ‘report button’