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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Mum Emma talks about her experience with child-on-child abuse
One mum’s experience with online child-on-child abuse
Mum, Emma, shares her experience of online child-on-child abuse and what parents can do to help keep their children safe.
Mum, Emma, shares her experience of online ...
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Instagram parental controls
Learn how to manage your child's privacy settings on Instagram with our step-by-step how-to guides.
Learn how to manage your child's privacy ...
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Intentional Use: How agency supports young people’s wellbeing in a digital world
It’s important to reflect on what we do online and how taking control of our experiences makes us feel. This report explores this through the example of managing screen time.
It’s important to reflect on what we ...
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TikTok app safety – What parents need to know
Learn more about the TikTok app and what to watch out for to keep kids safe.
Learn more about the TikTok app and ...
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The role of agency in supporting young people’s wellbeing
It's important to reflect on what we do online and how taking control of our experiences makes us feel. Our new report, Intentional use: How agency supports young people’s wellbeing in a digital world, explores this through the example of managing screen time.
It's important to reflect on what we ...
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Watch videos with your child to check for content farms
What are content farms and are they harmful?
With the popularisation of quick ‘hacks’ on various video-sharing and social media platforms, content farms have found a way to engage lots of people in short periods of time. But many of the videos they produce include content that could seriously harm young viewers.
With the popularisation of quick ‘hacks’ on ...
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Children and parents: media use and attitudes report 2022
This report from Ofcom looks at media use, attitudes and understanding among children and young people aged 3-17 to better inform their online safety.
This report from Ofcom looks at media ...
Parent stories
One dad shares how his teen daughter gets her news from social media
Gary is a divorced dad who has a 16-year-old daughter Ella who recently finished her GCSEs. He shares parenting duties with his former partner and discusses here how Ella gets her news from social media.
Gary is a divorced dad who has ...
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