Watching and sharing videos online

A resource for 8-12 year olds delivering key online safety messages in the context of watching and sharing videos online. Developed in response to feedback from parents and professionals about the use of video-sharing platforms by young people under the age of 13, including TikTok, YouTube, Twitch, Instagram and Snapchat.

Research from Ofcom shows that 96% of 8-11 year olds are using video-sharing platforms:

  • YouTube was the most used video-sharing platform by 5-15 year olds (87%)
  • Almost half of 5-15 year olds used TikTok
  • Around a third of 5-15 year olds watched video content on Instagram and Snapchat.

Young people tell us that watching videos is fun and entertaining, can be a way to switch off from other things going on in their lives and is a big part of popular culture.

Many children and young people are also interested in creating and sharing their own videos. There are lots of positives from participating in this. For example, it allows young people to:

  • express their creativity,
  • develops useful skills (e.g. editing),
  • learn new things,
  • share a passion or interest with others, and
  • have fun.

However, there are also concerns about harmful content, including adult content which might be shared on video platforms. Teachers and other education professionals have expressed the need for specific learning resources to use with 8-12 year olds to help them stay safe and develop strategies for if things go wrong when they're watching or sharing video content.

This lesson supports learners to:

  • Recognise the possible risks of using online video-sharing platforms.
  • Understand that not all video content should be shared with all audiences.
  • Develop a bank of practical strategies to use on online video-sharing platforms.

It also includes teacher guidance on how to talk about age-restricted platforms with young people who are not yet old enough to be using them, but may already be doing so.

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