Keeping children safe online

A Parent’s Guide to Online Influencers

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What is an online influencer?
It is a person who has a large number of people following them online through gaming and social media.
You may hear an online influencer commonly referred to as either a YouTuber, social influencer, streamer or gamer.
Subscribe, follow, share, like are just some of the ways online influencers build their fan base.
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Give me a ‘like’!

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Subscribe to my channel!

They can influence their audiences behaviour by being entertaining, offering advice and guidance.
The more views they get, the more popular they become.
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Online influencers are not regulated and for many, their aim is to grow an audience that they can then sell products to and make money from.
Brands will pay online influencers to promote, advertise and recommend their products.
Children can easily be convinced and persuaded by friendly engaging content to give money or subscribe to join a communities for a fee.

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Some influencers can be poor role models who show children negative behaviours such as drugs, alcohol, bad language, fake news, violence and dangerous pranks.
safety net influencers It can be very easy to brainwash children and fill their minds to get them to act differently. We need to be mindful, whilst young people spend much more time online, they are very likely to come across many different types of influencers.

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What you can do to help keep your child safe online

  • Always discuss regularly with your child what they watch and follow online.
  • If your child follows an online influencer, then if you do the same, you will be able receive the content as well and be better prepared in helping to advise your child.
  • Discuss regularly the positive and negative elements of online influencers.
  • Always let your child know that they should never purchase anything online without gaining your permission first.
  • Always let your child know that they should always say if they see or hear anything online that makes them feel scared or uncomfortable and to never arrange to meet someone who they have met online.
  • Let them know that they do not have to feel as though they have done something wrong, nobody is going to get cross and it is not their fault.
  • If you are concerned with anything you or your child has seen or asked to do, please call Childline or tell your child’s school.

Always encourage your child to:

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Tell a parent or trusted adult, like a teacher.
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Tell an older brother or sister.
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Tell Childline.

They will know how to help.


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