Teens (14+)

Online safety advice

As your child becomes a teenager, it’s likely the internet will be a part of their daily life. They’ll adapt quickly to new technology and use it to communicate, socialise and create. Most teenagers have access to the internet using a smartphone or tablet, and use a wide range of social networking sites as a vital part of their relationships with others.

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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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ofcom
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 ...
Parent stories
Mum Jenny talks about screen time and how teens get their news
One mum’s take on balancing screen time, information and wellbeing
Jenny is a stay-at-home mum with two secondary school-aged boys. She explains how they balance their screen time with homework and shares additional challenges her youngest who has autism sometimes faces.
Jenny is a stay-at-home mum with two ...
Apps & Platforms
What is BeReal? A new social media app
What is the BeReal app? — What parents need to know
BeReal is a social media app that gives users 2 minutes to upload real content of themselves. How might this impact young people and what should you watch out for?
BeReal is a social media app that ...
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Online petition on phone
Online activism, social media and young people
The campaign, created by End Violence Against Children Fund and backed by Facebook, has been launched to help young people ‘Stay safe at home. Stay Safe online'.
The campaign, created by End Violence Against ...
Lesson resources
IBSHA resource
Understanding and Combatting Youth Experiences of Image-Based Sexual Harassment and Abuse
These resources from the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) follow their research into image-based sexual harassment and abuse. These workshops around the issue aim to help teachers inform and educate students.
These resources from the Association of School ...
Research
Gaps in practice around the online lives of vulnerable children
Vulnerable children tend to have a team of services that interact with them. A research study aimed to explore how professionals around the child acknowledge and incorporate digital life into their practice.
Vulnerable children tend to have a team ...
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