Too much screen time
When asked about their online experiences, 11-13-year-olds reported too much screen time as something they felt they experienced most. 69% of parents worry about it as well. While it’s important to take regular breaks, it’s also important to make sure time spent online is balanced.
Work together to come up with time limits appropriate for their digital use. Then, help them find a range of apps or games that can help them create, learn and support their wellbeing.
This online harm is second-most common at this age. The number of children affected also increase with age. However, as children get older, the number of parents worrying about this harm decreases. For instance, 59% of parents of 5-7s worry about this compared to 49% of parents of 11-13s.
With your child, decide what spending limits look like for them. Discuss what process they need to follow when they want to make a purchase (such as asking you). You can set parental controls to make sure a PIN or password is entered before purchases.
Viewing violent content
Viewing violent content is the online harm third-most experienced by 11-13-year-olds. It can include content they find themselves or that others send to them.
Talk to your child about why some content is not appropriate and what to do if they see or are sent something violent online. Decide together what controls to put in place to protect them.