Our young people have access to a whole world in their mobile devices. The rate at which new apps are developed can leave parents wondering how to keep up with the expanding scope of what your people are engaging in online, often away from our involvement. We know that this online engagement has major impact on their wellbeing, including their sense of identity and their relationships with others. As parents, the more informed we are to engage in this world, the better we can offer support and guidance.
Navigating the ever changing online and app space is an area that is constantly at the forefront of parenting in today’s world. Knowing about the apps that are available can help parents to understand and support their young people to make informed choices about responsible online engagement.
There are two main areas of online engagement that are often raised by parents: online relationships and anonymous communication. Both are explored below via information taken from the e-safety commissioner website. In this section of the website, you can learn about the latest games, apps and social media, including how to protect your information and report inappropriate content.
For more information, including details about more apps listed, you can visit the website: https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/esafety-guide.
Online relationships can occur in any online services that allow two-way communication. The relationship may be for friendship, companionship, romance or even business. It may be between people who know one another offline or they may have connected online. If the people in the relationship do not know one another offline, they may never meet in person.
airG, Aminal Jam, AskFM, Bumble, Call of Duty, Discord, Counter Strike, Fortnite Battle Royale, Grinr, Instagram, Live Me, Likee, Minecraft, Melon, Omegle, Periscope, Qooh.me, Snapchat, Second Life, TikTok.
Anonymous online services allow people to communicate and share content without revealing their name or true identity.
People may use pseudonyms or made up names. However, not all services that claim to be anonymous are truly anonymous. Your online activity and the content you share may still be traceable and recordable in some way.
AskFM, Kik, Melon, MiniClip, Omegle, Qooh.me, Second Life, Roblox, Yolo
In addition to the advice on the website of the e-safety commissioner, the following article provides some information about apps that parents may benefit from knowing about.