Children at this stage begin taking games more seriously and experience deeper relationships with their peers. They also begin to seek privacy and often test parental limits.
Most of the time that children spend on phones, tablets and other devices involves using gaming, social networking and instant messaging apps. Generally speaking, apps are simple and fun to use, but it’s important for children’s use of apps to be supervised.
Cameras allow children to be creative and have fun communicating with friends and family what they’re seeing in the world around them. While it’s fun to share these experiences, parents and children need to understand they could be sharing content with more people than just their friends.
Chat, messaging and texting apps are a quick, fun and creative way for children to communicate with family and friends. However, many of these apps require users to be at least 13 years old. This form of communication, while fun, removes the social limits deemed normal in face-to-face interactions. Without these limits, personal boundaries can be crossed earlier and easier, creating the potential for hurtful, inappropriate or intimate information to be shared.
The interactive components of online games make them a lot of fun and appealing for children. While children enjoy playing games online, it is important to make sure games are appropriate for your child’s age.
Children can go online and find content on just about any topic they’re interested in. While they now have fun, informative and educational content at their fingertips, they also face risk when they’re searching the web.
Despite many safety features, children can still happen upon content that is inappropriate for their developmental stage when searching online.
Watching videos online is very popular with children. The accessibility to information and entertainment is wonderful, but children can accidentally be exposed to inappropriate content as they select different videos to watch.
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