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Types of online content your young adolescent kid shouldn’t be looking at

Types of online content your young adolescent kid shouldn’t be looking at

More younger children are becoming active online than ever before. This makes the probability and possibility of them seeing something unsuitable very likely. This also depends on what the child is doing online.

Whether it’s a video showcasing cartoon characters in adult positions, a forum that promotes self-harm, explicit pop-up ads on free games, or even a simple search that exposes a child to content that leaves them confused and upset, the Internet is rife with inappropriate content.

What are some online activities that can increase a child’s chance of seeing unsuitable content?

These activities include but are not limited to:

- Watching live streaming of events may display unfitting content or inadvertently taking part in these events and being involuntarily exploited.
- Joining a social network before attaining the required minimum age.
- Using apps or playing games that are not age-appropriate.

What are some types of unfitting content that a child might see online?

What you assume is inappropriate content for your particular child may differ from what your child’s perception or that of other parents. The maturity level and age of your child are also factors.

Inappropriate content consists of images or information that may upset your child. This material is usually directed toward adults. It may include misleading or inaccurate information that can prompt a child into committing dangerous or unlawful behaviors.

Examples of unfitting content include:
- Content with swearing
- Pornographic material
- Games, videos, and pictures displaying images of cruelty or violence to animals or other people.
- Gambling sites
- Sites that promote crime, vandalism, eating disorders, racism, and eating disorders.
- Chat rooms without supervision to prevent the unsuitable exchange of information.
- Sexism or portrayal of females in traditional roles that don’t reflect modern expectations or values.

What are some challenges to monitoring explicit content online?

It’s hard for parents to monitor what their child is viewing online because this material can be easily accessed through any device that is Internet-enabled such as a tablet, phone, or laptop. Sometimes children stumble upon inappropriate content by accident via apps they downloaded to their devices. This type of content may also come through from links shared by friends, online chat sessions, or via inter-device communication systems like Apple AirDrop or Bluetooth.

There are several tools that you can implement to closely monitor what your child doing on seeing on the device. These range from spy phones, to setting up content filters, blocking sites, etc. Spy apps enable you to track which sites your child visits online, including what they do there. The key to monitoring successfully also depends on preparing children for what they might see online and teaching them how to deal with it if the content is inappropriate.