Ways in which your child might be vulnerable and things for your child to look for
A discussion around the comments people leave beneath videos on YouTube is well worth having. Children should be aware of the fact that some people leave mean, offensive or inappropriate comments. Building your child’s digital resilience is crucial for helping them deal with the digital world they’re growing up in.
A further vital conversation to have with your child is around the advertising they will see online. As consumers of digital media, we often have very little control over the ads we see, so teaching your child to think critically about ads will help prevent them from getting sucked in.
Children also need to think about the sort of content they may see in the videos. Prank or challenge videos often go too far. Some are harmless, fun and even for a good cause, such as the Ice Bucket Challenge. Others, such as the Bird Box Challenge are dangerous and even life-threatening.