Inappropriate Exposure

Inappropriate exposure is one of the biggest risks faced by kids online – with the variety of content out there and readily available to them, they have access to almost anything, whether they seek it on purpose or encounter it by mistake. And with children spending more and more time online than ever before, the risk that they will be exposed to explicit or inappropriate content naturally increases.

Inappropriate content could be violent, vulgar, sexual, adult-themed, taboo, or simply not age-appropriate, including:

  • Sexual grooming and solicitation
  • Online stalking
  • Online strangers
  • Inappropriate photographs
  • Nudes and selfies
  • Sexting
  • Pornography (much of which is far more deviant than ever before)

This content can be accessed deliberately, or simply pop up on photo and video sharing apps, social networks, in games, by clicking on innocent-looking links or simply entering an ambiguous or misspelled search term. Basically, as soon as your child is able to use a search engine or watch a video on YouTube, there’s a good chance they will stumble across some inappropriate content.

It’s enough to make a care-giver want to switch off the Wi-Fi forever!

But we simply can’t keep our children offline. Rather, we need to be vigilant about protecting our children to the best of our ability – monitoring and filtering internet use and educating our children in a non-judgmental way about how to stay safe online and what the dangers are of accessing and sharing inappropriate content.

In this section of the website, we’ll cover different types of inappropriate content, and how to broach the sometimes uncomfortable topic with the children in your care. We’ll look at different ways of protecting them online, such as installing filters, teaching them what to do when they encounter inappropriate content, setting boundaries, and instilling responsible online behaviour.

This is a conversation that you need to keep going with your children, so keep referring back to these articles for more tips and tools to prevent inappropriate exposure to undesirable content on the powerful, influential World Wide Web.

Photographs

Inappropriate Photographs

With such easy access to cameras and the internet, the amount of content produced has grown exponentially. With this also inappropriate photographs...

Sexting

What is sexting?

Every cellphone in the hands of the youth can be used unknowingly to the child to generate dangerous and illegal material, sexting is a very real problem!

Selfies & Nudes

Posting selfies or nudes

Selfies and nudes can be created by nearly every child who has access to a cellphone, be it their own or that of their parents. We take a look at this risk.

Grooming

What is the dangers of grooming?

Predators lull the youth into a false sense of security, under the guise of being a peer to the victim. This is called grooming, and here is what to do...

Inappropriate Websites

Knowing about inappropriate websites

As things stand today, there are approx. 216,000 new images being posted online every day, with more than 1.8m Facebook likes. How can we protect the youth?

Online Strangers

The danger of online strangers

Everyday the internet is growing as more and more people from across the globe are coming online. Most of these users might not be a threat to kids, BUT...

Online Stalking

Are they being stalked?

With the Internet 2.0 everyone has a voice online, including the youth. We take a look at online stalking, the dangers and how we can deal with it.
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