Make smart connections
Teach your family not to arrange in-person meetings with people that they “meet” online, and not to share personal information with online strangers. Google’s tools make it easy for you and your family to interact online with the people that you know and avoid the ones you don’t. When your teens start using online communication tools like Hangouts, Google+ and Blogger, the first step is always to have a conversation about making smart choices and being a good digital citizen.
Advice from our partners
Many young New Zealanders use online environments and social networking sites to communicate with friends. These sites can allow users to post their own ideas, pictures, stories, and videos. This can be a lot of fun for young people and a very fast way of sharing information, however, users need to think about, and be aware of, what is posted and who can view it. Young people may not have the awareness and long term vision to fully grasp some of the risks of communicating and making friends online.
It is important for young people to understand that some people they meet online may not always be truthful about who they are, where they are and what they want.
Parents could consider the use of age-restricted environments for very young children. These environments use a range of safety strategies including:
- Restricting membership
- Limiting the ways users can interact with each other
- Monitoring and intervening in inappropriate interaction
Young people also need opportunities to develop their own understanding of safe online communication. Parents can help young people understand and use privacy settings and encourage them to think carefully about sharing information and images.
Discover Google safety tools designed to help your family monitor their online reputation.
Manage YouTube Comments
If someone is making comments that you don't like on your videos or Channel, you can block them on YouTube. This means that they won't be able to comment on your stuff or send you private messages.
Choose whose updates you see in your stream
What if someone adds you to their circles, but you're not interested in interacting with them? If you don’t want to block them, you can mute them instead. If you mute a user, you will no longer receive notifications from them or their page.
Control the chatter about your videos
It’s easy to moderate the comments on your YouTube channel. You can choose to delete comments or to hold comments from certain people or with certain keywords from being published before you review them.