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.