Smosh, Good Mythical Morning, PewDiePie -- the names may not mean much to you, but chances are your kids are on a first-name basis. Their funny hosts, off-the-cuff commentary, silly antics, and bewildering (to adults) subject matter put them among the most popular YouTube channels for young teens, garnering millions (and, in the case ofgame commentary PewDiePie, billions) of views. In fact, according to a recent survey of U.S. teens by Variety, the top five most influential celebrities are YouTube stars. But information about these personalities' shows -- the content, quality, and age-appropriateness, for example -- isn't easy for parents to find.
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Parental controls can protect your children from the worst internet content, but they're not the whole answer. Use parental controls to supplement your other strategies like chatting about what they're doing, exploring things together, regular checking and supervision and agreeing boundaries.
The Guardian writer Stuart Dredge writes; 'There's a whole industry of internet safety and security experts, many of whom have children of their own, and have to face the same task of rearing safe, responsible internet citizens.
The advice that these people are giving their own kids should be top-drawer, so what is it? I put a call out, and was overwhelmed by responses. Here are edited versions of 21 of the most useful.'
A helpful guide to setting parental controls on common platforms here.
Structure of this report
Following the Executive Summary in section 1 the report has a two-part structure as follows:
Part 1 The Context of the Internet
Section 2 - Opportunities, risks and challenges
Takes an overview of children's access to the open internet as an educational resource, as a platform for communication and creativity, but also as a source of distinct risks around content, contact and conduct, with specific regulatory challenges.
Section 3 - Parental mediation: managing the risks to children
Describes the tactics of parents, carers and educators in guiding and informing children's behaviour through education and advice, mediation and rules as critical aspects of child protection online.
Section 4 - Safety mechanisms and the role of industry
Describes in detail many of the tools and mechanisms offered to parents to protect their children online and notes some of the issues around such tools. It does so within a simplified model of the internet from content origination to content reception by the user and gives an overview of the status of internet intermediaries like ISPs.
Part 2 The Research
Section 5 - Children and the internet: use and concerns
Sets the context for mediation by looking at key changes in children's use of the internet, their likes and dislikes compared to the online concerns of parents.
Section 6 - Parental mediation strategies: take -up, awareness of and confidence of parents in relation to parental controls
Provides both quantitative figures and qualitative insights to create an in-depth picture of the broad range of online mediation strategies employed by parents and their levels of confidence about their ability to keep their children safe online.
Section 7 - Safety measures on sites regularly visited by children
Looks at the research available regarding parental mediation of websites regularly visited by children, including search engines, YouTube and social networking sites.
Section 8 - Why parents choose not to apply parental control tools
Looks at the various reasons why some parents choose not to install parental controls.
The full document is available here
'By using various forms of parental controls, in conjunction with some common sense, we can do much to protect our children when they are using the internet.
By following our tips for some of the more popular platforms your kids are likely to be using, you can increase their chances of staying safe and emotionally secure online.'