Set parental controls on YouTube

If your child enjoys watching his favourite kid’s TV characters via Youtube (for example), a study has shown that he is, on average, just three clicks away from viewing highly inappropriate content, such as nudity and violence, reports the Telegraph.

“Suggested video” risks

Even innocent material viewed on Youtube that would require no age-restriction is not isolated from the “suggested video” risk, in which a menu of other videos is shown- and that these videos lead to, on average, a three-clicks-away trip to explicit material.

The only way to avoid the three-clicks-to-explicit video danger is, according to online security firm Kaspersky Lab, to apply parental security controls or to avoid children browsing the video content while unattended.

The study is yet another indication of the need to educate parents and children about the benefits of online security and the dangers kids could face when exposed to explicit material or sexual predators online- as Kapersky’s David Emm insists: “YouTube's Safety Mode feature aims to help parents screen out unsuitable content, but it can't provide 100 per cent protection."

Still more studies have shown that children of almost any age are at risk online: School kids and teens are increasingly exposing themselves to online bullying and sharing explicit photos of themselves, and even kids as young as 5 are in danger.

Your child may appear to be happily enjoying his favourite online video characters, but do you:
  • Activate parental controls?
  • Check internet history?
  • Talk to your child about what is appropriate?
  • Keep an eye on your child while he or she is browsing?
Specialists in fields ranging from online security to education and social welfare are recommending that parents and schools prioritise online safety before it’s too late.

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