What parents and carers need to know about Age-Inappropriate Content.
Certain online activities drastically increase the chance of a child seeing upsetting content: joining social networks below the recommended age, using age-inappropriate games or apps; watching live streams; and participating in unmoderated chat groups. A 2021 report by Ofcom, however, found that only 30% of parents set up their children’s devices to block inappropriate content.
As our #WakeUpWednesday guide this week explains, though, screening out unsuitable material is only part of the solution – and not a foolproof one, at that. Some material will eventually slip through the net, so trusted adults also need to feel confident of responding effectively if and when a child does stumble across content which is too adult for them to process by themselves.