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Children’s Use of Internet-Enabled Devices 

Smartphones and other internet-enabled devices like smartphones, ipods, tablets and gaming consoles have become part of everyday life for many people and as a result many children are receiving their first device at a younger age than ever before.


Giving your child their first internet-enabled device can be daunting. While it can be a great way to keep in contact, it can also bring worries about who they are talking to, what they are watching and who they are texting.  

At what age should I give my child their own internet-enabled device?

Helping Your Child Keep Safe Online

One of the main concerns a parent has regarding their child’s online life is the potential exposure to inappropriate content online.  Having access to such a vast array of content can be hugely beneficial but it can be a real challenge for parents in terms of managing any potential risks.  And while there are some potential risks there are also many things you as a parent can do to safeguard your child while they are online.

Young people and sexting

What is Sexting?

Sexting is when someone sends sexually explicit pictures of themselves or others via a mobile phone, email or the web.

Young people often refer to these images as ‘nudes’. 

These pictures can include sexual, naked or semi-naked images or videos of themselves or others, or sending sexually explicitly-worded messages.

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

Helping to Keep Children and Young People Safe Online

Technology (and the internet) brings many great benefits, from assisting with education to socialising with friends. It also, however, carries risks which can put children and young people in danger.

It also, however, carries risks which can put children and young people in danger. 

Parents need to be aware of the dark side of the internet – which can feature cyber bullying, loss of privacy and, at the extreme end, online grooming. Children and young people are taught about road safety and stranger danger and online safety is equally as important.

Sharenting

What is Sharenting?

‘Sharenting’ is a combination of the words ‘parent’ and ‘sharing’ and is a term used to describe the over-use of social media by parents to share information online relating to their children such as pictures, information and private moments. 

A child’s digital footprint very often now begins when they are in the womb. Many parents choose to announce their pregnancy news on social media using their baby’s first scan picture. 

Exposure to Inappropriate Content Online

One of the main concerns a parent may have around their child’s online activity is potential exposure to inappropriate content.

Having access to the vast array of content and information which the online world presents carries many benefits, as well as risks. While there are some potential dangers to children online,  there are many things you as a parent can do to help ensure your child is safe. 

 

What is Inappropriate Content?

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