Digital parenting

Social media and parental controls: Everything you need to know

Digital Awareness UK's Emma Robertson takes us through the social media safety features we definitely need to know about.

July 18, 2022

Parental controls can be a game-changer for parents and carers wanting to protect their child online. When it comes to social media, getting to grips with how the apps work and the parental controls on offer, can help your family have more online experiences that are safe, fun, and productive.

In the UK, 56% of children aged 5-15 use social media, and while many are enjoying connecting with people and watching content safely, some are exposed to dangerous people and inappropriate content.

So where possible, it’s good for us parents to do our best to filter out the nasty stuff so our children can enjoy the benefits.

We know from speaking to thousands of parents every week at Digital Awareness UK that trust and communication are key to setting up parental controls effectively on social media. We go into this in more detail later, but approaching it with openness and understanding is key.

To read the full article head to Vodafone's News Centre and explore how to make the best use of parental controls and safety features on some of the most popular social media platforms – TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube.

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