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Pre-teens (11-13)

Online safety advice

As children between the ages of 11 and 13 make the transition to a more independent stage with the move to secondary school, they become more confident internet users with more varied habits. Internet use can be hugely positive for children, but it’s vital to continue discussing online safety with them.

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PlayStation 5 (PS5) parental controls
Learn how to manage your parental control settings and restrictions on PlayStation 5 (PS5) with our step-by-step how-to guide.
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Research
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Shifting the dial: Methods to prevent ‘self-generated’ child sexual abuse among 11-13-year-olds
This research report, funded by Nominet and carried out with Praesidio Safeguarding, explores effective methods to prevent the sharing of 'self-generated' child sexual abuse material among pre-teens.
This research report, funded by Nominet and ...
Apps & Platforms
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What is Kick streaming? What parents need to know
The Kick streaming platform launched in 2022. It continues to increase in popularity, especially for creators looking for fewer restrictions. Learn about the platform, its risks and what you can do to protect teens.
The Kick streaming platform launched in 2022. ...
Articles
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What is undress AI? Guidance for parents and carers
Artificial intelligence continues to increase in ability and technology. Undress AI is one example that could leave young people open to harm. Learn what it is so you can better protect your child online.
Artificial intelligence continues to increase in ability ...
Expert Q&A
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How schools tackle sexual image-sharing among pupils: Insights from a teacher
Dr. Tamasine Preece shares her experience of sexual image-sharing among pupils in schools. Learn how schools currently manage the issue, and see her advice for improving existing policies.
Dr. Tamasine Preece shares her experience of ...
Parental controls
Snapchat privacy settings guide
Learn how to manage your child's privacy settings on Snapchat with our step-by-step how-to guides.
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Research
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Exploring neurodivergent young people’s relationships with online games
Supported by Roblox, this research aims to better understand the benefits and challenges of online gaming on neurodivergent young people.
Supported by Roblox, this research aims to ...
Apps & Platforms
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What is X? What parents need to know about safety and changes to Twitter
To keep users safe, Twitter has developed a variety of parental control and privacy settings. Learn what they are and how they can be used by you or your child.
To keep users safe, Twitter has developed ...
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