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This is a highly useful printable that you can stick on your fridge, in your office or somewhere prominent in order to remind yourself exactly HOW to keep your child safe if they are using YOUTUBE. 


The risks of not knowing how to keep your child safe on Youtube include the risks of your child experiencing:


1. Exposure to Inappropriate Content:
YouTube is vast, and while there’s a wealth of educational and entertaining content suitable for kids, there’s also material that’s not age-appropriate. This includes violent, sexual, or otherwise mature content that can be disturbing or confusing for a young viewer.

2. Cyberbullying and Harassment:
Comments and community interactions on YouTube can sometimes be a breeding ground for negativity. Your child may come across hurtful comments or, if they’re active on the platform, could become a target for online bullies.

3. Privacy Concerns:
Without proper settings and guidance, children might inadvertently share personal information. This could be in the form of comments, video content they upload, or through interactions with others. Such exposure can lead to risks like identity theft or potential real-world threats.

4. Exposure to Misinformation or Harmful Ideas:
YouTube, like other platforms, can sometimes propagate misinformation, extremist views, or dangerous challenges/trends. Without guidance, children may not have the critical thinking skills to discern fact from fiction, potentially leading to harmful beliefs or behaviors.

5. Overconsumption and Screen Addiction:
While not exclusive to YouTube, the platform’s design, with auto-playing videos and algorithmically generated recommendations, can lead to prolonged viewing sessions. This can impact sleep, academic performance, and overall well-being, fostering an unhealthy relationship with screen time.

Being aware of these dangers is the first step in ensuring a safe online environment for your child. It emphasizes the importance of setting up safeguards and maintaining open communication about their online experiences.

Printable: How to keep your child safe online

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