The internet is a wonderful resource of information but it is also a dangerous place to allow your children to navigate without supervision or some form of automated protection or filtering of potentially dangerous areas that would allow for social grooming to occur and as well as children accessing inappropriate materials.
We provide links to online resources that we suggest you take time out to read and keep yourself knowledgeable about the risks and ensure your child has a wonderful online experience.
Disturbing YouTube videos: fact sheet for parents
You may have seen news reports about inappropriate children’s videos on YouTube.
These are videos that, at first, appear to be for children, as they include cartoon characters such as Peppa Pig, or characters from Disney films such as Frozen. However, later on the videos become violent or disturbing. One, for example, shows Peppa Pig being tortured at the dentist.
The videos can appear in YouTube search results when children look for genuine children’s videos.
YouTube says that such videos will be age-restricted if they are reported by users, so they cannot be viewed by anyone under 18.
This fact sheet explains how you can protect your child when they are using YouTube apps or the website.