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Ask an expert: I don't think my child has been looking for over-18 content but how can I be sure?

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Zoe E Breen Zoe E Breen | 14:06 UK time, Thursday, 9 February 2012

Answered by our panel of experts:

We all remember, as teenagers, trying to find out information about subjects our parents might not feel comfortable talking to us about. Or us to them! Things haven't changed. Kids Google sex. Sometimes, it doesn't even take that - they might be looking for something completely innocent and come across content that is really unsuitable.

It's impossible to protect your children from everything and it's inevitable that they will want to push the boundaries. However, you can set parental controls on all the devices in your home - including their mobiles.

It's worth checking that the over 18 content bar is on if they have a mobile phone or tablet device. Talk to them to make sure they're not worried or confused about something they've seen online, and even if they won't tell you what they've seen because it's private at least they'll know that you're aware of what they might have come across.

Finally, try to sit down with them and look at their browsing history. Watch some of what they are watching with them. Even very popular sites, like YouTube have videos which can be unsuitable for kids.  And don't do it once and forget about it.

The internet is evolving all the time so staying up to date with what they are doing and seeing online should be a regular job. Developing your understanding of the Internet through use will also help.

If you are a parent and are worried about your teen or child over-sharing online visit the Share Take Care: Ask an expert page to read the advice our panel of experts gave other parents.

Visit the Share Take Care website for more information on help and support for parents.


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