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Protecting Children’s Privacy Online – A Guide for Parents, Carers and Educators

Three out of four children have access to a smartphone. In the UK, 43 percent of nine- to 12-year-olds have a social media profile, according to the Library of Congress. One in three are on Facebook despite the 13-year-old age limit. A quarter of those children on Facebook never touch the privacy restrictions on their profile, and a fifth of them publicly display their address and/or phone number. Facebook claims it is powerless to stop children from lying about their age and creating accounts.

And that’s just Facebook. It isn’t even cool anymore. Snapchat, Tumblr, Vine, Instagram, and Kik are all popular among teens and pre-teens. Who knows what will come next?

Social media and games pose the biggest threat to children’s privacy, because they request a significant amount of information upon registration. Profile info is used by the social network to serve targeted ads and recommend content. That information can also be used by scammers and predators to target children. To be fair, it happens to adults, too. But children are far more susceptible than adults.

Read more: How your identity can be stolen using social media (and how to prevent it)

NYSCB       NSPCC        CEOP       Internet Matters      Parent Zone      

Childnet      Parents Protect      Gov.uk

Life has its ups and downs, but there is always someone to listen and help


Breckenbrough Independent Listener – Siobhan Gifford

you can call her on 07712 886 336 or email her breckline@hotmail.co.uk

 


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