Online, you can be exposed to material that is inappropriate or even harmful to you, whether you are a child or an adult.
It could be through material that is sexually explicit, offensive or violent. It may also be material that contains content that is racist and encourages hatred toward particular groups, or material that encourages unsafe behaviour such as eating disorders. Material that is considered inappropriate can vary depending on family and cultural standards or values.
Watch out for content that is sexually explicit or offensive or even material with a violent theme.
How do children access inappropriate content?
Children and young people may not deliberately seek out inappropriate content.
They may be inadvertently exposed to such content through otherwise innocuous (i.e. harmless) activities, such as:
Unexpected results from online searches
Clicking on unknown links within websites or e-mails
Clicking on online gaming content or prize offers
In some cases, young people deliberately access inappropriate material, particularly as they move into adolescence. This can be out of curiosity or to share with peers in the “shock value” of the content. If a website looks suspicious or has a warning page for people under the age of 18 years, leave immediately. Some sites are not meant for kids.
Check with your parents that your search engine is set to block material that is meant for adults.
Ask your parents to install internet filter software to block bad sites. Ask your parents to help you find safe and fun sites to use and bookmark for later reference.
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