Children and young people use the internet to connect with friends, make new ones, browse for information, research about specific subjects or things that are happening and play games.
Children aged 5-15 spend and average of 15 hours per week online. (Ofcom 2016)
They might:
  • Use search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo – (it is important to have safe search enabled).
  • Share / Look at images, Vlogs (video Blogs) and videos through websites like YouTube, Vine, Instagram and Pinterest.
  • Use social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Google+
  • Use forums to post and answer questions.
  • Play games alone, with friends or strangers through websites and apps.
  • Chat to friends or new acquaintances through online games, apps like Blackberry messenger and Whattsapp, Webcams and social networks.
 
What are the Risks?
  • Inappropriate content including indecent images
  • Ignoring age restrictions
  • Befriending a Stranger – you wouldn’t talk to a stranger in the street, why online?
  • Grooming and Sexual Abuse
  • Sharing Personal information
  • Running up debts with online purchases, game add-on’s or gambling.
  It is important to be involved in your child’s online activities, please check out our social media section for guidance on some of the popular social media platforms.