Children and young people are spending increasing amounts of time online connecting with friends, playing games, watching videos and doing homework.
When online they may not give much thought to their privacy and the types of information they are sharing, especially as they become more engaged and familiar with social media, online gaming and other interactive apps.
Sharing information and uploading photos on social media can be a great way for your child to express themselves, build friendships and share memorable moments. But there can be risks associated with this. Sometimes information can be shared more broadly than they think. Even if their profile is set to private, they can’t control what their friends might do with the information.
Our Young and social online research shows that young people share a wide range of information about themselves when using social media, including:
It’s important that your child is aware of where and how their personal information is available, who can access it and what others can do with their information.
You can help your child manage their online privacy: