Online risks for children in messengers like WhatsApp-Insults, cyberbullying, and problematic content

Insults, cyberbullying, and problematic content such as violence and harassment can pose risks when chatting online. The anonymity of the internet can cause many problems. Therefore, many messengers for smartphones such as WhatsApp or messenger functions in game apps are not suitable for children and are often only approved for those older than 16. The “SCHAU HIN!” Initiative of the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth together with ARD and ZDF gives the following recommendations for protecting children: parents should check which offers correspond to the age and maturity of their child. They can accompany their children in the use of services and set rules for their child’s use. Children’s communities are also suitable for children.

Kw: Insults, cyberbullying, problematic content , violence, risks, chatting, problems., smartphones , messengers, WhatsApp , game apps , “SCHAU HIN!” , protecting children.

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