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Talk to your kid about their favorite platforms
It’s impossible to know everything there is to know about social media or gaming, so tap into your greatest resource – your child. If they talk about something they saw while playing games, or an app one of their friends has, use that opportunity to ask them about how the app or game works. While your kids are a great jumping off point, there are plenty of adult-sourced resources to give you even more insight.
- App Review from Parents & Kids - Common Sense Media
- Social Media Guide - Family Online Safety Institute
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Familiarize yourself with platform-specific resources
Most apps and platforms that are popular with kids (even if they don’t meet age requirements) have safety resources available for parents. These guides can include everything from platform overviews to expert advice to important resources around reporting issues. Even if your child isn’t yet using the app, take a look and be sure to bookmark these for future reference.
Discuss what happens on platforms - good and bad
A dialogue about platforms is a good opportunity to keep the conversation fun. Talk to your kids about some of your favorite apps and what you like to do online and encourage them to do the same. This is also a great opportunity to touch on things that they might find less fun and open the door for future discussions about uncomfortable situations that could happen.
Check in & keep talking
Apps and games are constantly evolving. If you happen to use some of the same apps, talk about a new feature that you’re excited about or something that is driving you nuts. Keep discussions about platforms as a normalized part of the conversation, so if something comes up they know you already share a baseline.
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This video is part of a series from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children present digital safety lessons in a fun and age-appropriate manner.
Livestreaming and Online Video Apps
Source: National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
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Good Digital Parenting
Source: Family Online Safety Institute
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Snapchat Family Center
Source: Snap Inc.
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Facebook Parents Portal
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Answers to Top Discord Questions
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For Parents – Roblox
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Twitch Guide for Parents and Educators
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Online Safety for Children & Families
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Tips and tools for your family.
Outside of YouTube for Kids, there are resources to help you talk openly with your kid, so you can work with them to make smart decisions online and to develop healthy digital habits.Read article
Is Your Kid’s Explicit Content Out There?
Source: National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
You can notify the company where images or videos are posted and can make a report to the CyberTipline for help requesting removal of sexually-exploitive images/videos.Read article