Safer Internet Day

What do you need to know about Reddit?

With over 50 million active daily users, Reddit is consistently one of the top 20 most visited websites in the world – it’s not surprising that it calls itself ‘the front page of the internet’. But what makes this site so popular, and what should adults be aware of if children ask about it?

Reddit’s millions of “subreddits” cover every conceivable topic, and allow people to join communities that share their hobbies and passions. The site’s policies are aimed at users aged 13 or older, but there is no age verification in place, and there have been concerns about younger children being able to see inappropriate content. Find out more about Reddit in this week’s Parent Zone exclusive article.

New season of Tech Shock podcast

We kick off series 3 of our podcast this week with an episode that’s all about disinformation.

Vicki Shotbolt, CEO and founder of Parent Zone, and Geraldine Bedell, executive editor, talk to disinformation expert Dr Charles Kriel about the misuse of vulnerable people’s personal data. We find out how people with legitimate concerns can fall prey to conspiracy theories, and what can be done to help existing and potential victims escape the disinformation trap.

“Digital literacy is a terrific solution, but it’s a 20 year solution, it’s not a solution for right now. And the trouble with 20 year solutions in the digital space is – 20 years from now we’ll be dealing with something else entirely… so we have to teach people how to understand the environment around them.” 

Find out more by searching for the Tech Shock podcast in your favorite streaming app.

Ready for #SaferInternetDay? Free live event about gaming for parents

Next Tuesday, adults and children from all over the world will be taking the time to reflect on online safety and what we can all do to make our digital world better, as we celebrate Safer Internet Day.

To mark the day, we are offering a free Safer Internet Day Special Event for parents on Tuesday 8 February, 4.30-5.00 pm, live on YouTube.

What games are appropriate for children? What are the advantages and disadvantages of gaming? How can parents make the right decision for their family? Under the headline “All fun and games? Your guide to gaming”, our expert trainer Sophie Linington will explore some of the most frequent questions parents have about gaming.

Share the invite with the families you work with, or tune in yourself on Tuesday 8 February at 4.30 pm. There’s no need to register – all you need to do to join is click this link:

You can also share our flyer with the families you work with, and write to us at if you have any questions you’d like answered.

Don’t forget to let us know how you’ve celebrated the day by tagging us on Twitter (@TheParentsZone) or Facebook (@ParentZone1) using the hashtag #SaferInternetDay.

You can also explore additional free resources to support your Safer Internet Day activities.


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