The dangers of digital piracy

What parents and carers need to know

Streaming from unauthorised sites, also known as digital piracy, can expose children and young people to some real dangers, including age-inappropriate content, disturbing pop-ups and cyber threats. In this section of the site, you can learn more about the issue and help protect children from the risks associated with digital piracy.

What do parents tells us?

Real parents on: Piracy leading to camera access
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a lot of young children aren't aware
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that their computers are going to be
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hacked
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malware can control your device and
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access its camera
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that's really scary isn't it yeah i'm
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really scared to download anything that
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i don't already know
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is fully legit in terms of piracy
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there's nothing free
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i know as a parent i need to do more
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when it comes to this topic
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we'll chat to the kids just because it's
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not good
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and it's illegal yeah
Real parents on: The Dangers of Digital Piracy
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our kids don't know what piracy is one
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in three people using illegal streaming
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sites were exposed to age
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inappropriate content that's scary this
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is very scary that could be anything
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it's not just about pornography it could
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be anything that they're not supposed to
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see
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that's why we are so adamant
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about the right kind of sites i don't
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like this
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i think we need to talk to the kids yeah
Real parents on: Piracy leading to fraud
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We've had the conversation, don't download illegal content. Apps that allow you to stream illegally
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share your private details with criminals. Do they? It can steal all your information, it can
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steal all your data and steal your bank account details. Not that we have much for them to get.
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It's free so that they can get your information. When you go into
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those kind of sites you can't guarantee the security.

What are the dangers of digital piracy for kids?

While children and adults alike might be tempted to stream or download their favourite TV shows, movies or music online, if it is not done through legitimate services, an innocent click can have serious consequences.

Illegal streaming sites and apps don’t come with parental controls, and so there’s a very real risk that children could be exposed to age-inappropriate content, offensive pop-ups or disturbing content. In fact, 1 in 3 people who illegally stream admit to having been exposed to these risks.

There are other dangers. Many of these illegitimate sites can install viruses on our devices, without us even knowing. These viruses can take control of devices or even their cameras, or access personal information.

If you are concerned about your child accidentally, or even intentionally, accessing illegal or inappropriate content then you’re not alone. Read on for more hints, tips and informaton about how to stay safe online.

What does the research tell us?

A young person’s experience of digital piracy

Read child's experience of watching pirated content

Hannah shares her experience of downloading and watching pirated content online and how her parents supported her in managing the associated risks.

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Supporting resources and guides

Use the following resources to help protect children and young people from the risks associated with digital piracy and help them make safer choices online.

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