Devices are an easy way to keep children entertained, and spending time online and on devices can be a positive thing. But higher screen time puts children at risk of being bullied or abused, seeing inappropriate content, and not getting enough sleep and exercise. Read the guide at the bottom of the page to find out how to keep your child safe and healthy.
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Fortnite is a popular online video game where players compete to be the last person standing in a post-apocalyptic world. Understand the potential risks to your child and what steps you can take with this factsheet.
|Instagram is an app for sharing photos and videos. You might have heard stories about the impact it can have on young people’s mental health and body image. Read this parent factsheet for more information about the risks on Instagram, and how you can support your child to use Instagram safely.
|Minecraft is a popular game where children explore an online world. They can use building blocks to customise the world and create new parts to it. It can be a fun way for children to be creative and try new things, but there are some potential risks you should be aware of too. Use this factsheet to learn more about the risks and what you can do to help keep your child safe.
|Roblox is a popular online game-creating system where children can create and publish games, and play other users' games. Although it can be a fun way for children to be creative and work together, there are some potential risks you should be aware of too. Use this factsheet to learn more about the risks and what you can do to help keep your child safe.
|Snapchat has a 'Meet Up' feature. If your child is sharing their location, other users would be able to get directions to where your child is. Encourage them to turn their location sharing off, and only be 'friends' on the app with people they know and trust offline. See our factsheet for more information on how to keep your child safe on Snapchat.
|TikTok is very popular with children and teenagers. Read this factsheet to learn about steps you can take to help keep your child safe on TikTok.
|Twitch is a website where users can watch videos and live streams of others, typically playing computer games. Live streaming platforms have become more popular in the last few years, but your child could potentially be exposed to inappropriate or bullying content, or be contacted by strangers. Read this factsheet to learn how you can help keep them safe while using Twitch.
|This factsheet explains how to help keep your child safe on WhatsApp, including being share aware and reporting messages.
|Your child can get a lot out of YouTube, but there are some risks too, like contact from strangers or seeing unsuitable videos. Follow the steps in this factsheet to help keep your child safe.
|You might have seen stories about upsetting videos on YouTube Kids that aren't actually suitable for children. Follow the steps in this factsheet to help keep your child safe.
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