Discord uses “a mix of proactive and reactive tools to prevent activity that violates our service policies,” the company said in a statement. These include automated research tools like PhotoDNA and ways for users to report violations. Roblox said it uses a “combination of machine learning and a team of over 3,000” people to detect inappropriate content.
Lori Getz, internet safety expert and author of ‘Tech Savvy User Guide for the Digital World,’ said caregivers can’t control everything kids are exposed to, but parents can give kids ways to handle difficult situations online. Here’s how:
Start the conversation early.
Talk about hate with children in age-appropriate ways, including overt and hidden signs, such as words, symbols, and pictures, and trust their instincts if something doesn’t seem right. “If caregivers don’t talk about these things with their children, someone else will, and that may not be a credible source,” Ms. Guy said.
If children are bullied online, make sure they are supported, said Robyn Silverman, child and adolescent development specialist. Online abuse should be taken just as seriously as other types of abuse, she said, noting that children and adolescents who are targeted “can suffer from anxiety, depression, mental health disorders. sleep, upset stomach and other physical symptoms due to cyber abuse ”.
It is crucial to maintain an ongoing and open dialogue on online safety. Although children are not allowed to play some games at home, they may be exposed to them in other places. A UK survey of 20,000 children aged 11-18 found that 57% said they had accounts that “adults don’t know”.
Children can withhold information from caregivers, especially if they are targeted online, for fear of losing their games, Dr Silverman said. “Tell your kids that they won’t be in trouble if they come to you about this,” she suggested. “Let them know that you are there to support them. “
Check the content and examine the settings.
Review the online content and accounts your kids interact with, as well as privacy settings and parental controls. Be transparent so your kids know you’ll be checking.
Ms Getz recommended that caregivers check the odds of the games. Online platforms for children under 13 have more stringent privacy requirements under the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Rule than platforms that target older users.