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Photos, videos and posts: good behaviour on the internet

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When teenagers are on the internet, especially on the social networks, they spend most of their time exchanging content: text messages, audio files, photos, videos and images. This means that they consult, share, comment on and produce such things themselves. You should be vigilant regarding the material that they can access, and also the material that they post online, because the internet is not a law-free zone. Although it may appear to be ephemeral, all content leaves a trace. By following our advice, you can be sure to give your teenager all the support that he/she needs.

Our tips

Discuss with your child the question of good practices on the internet

Establish together with your child clear rules about use of the internet, such as time slots for access, the sites allowed, and the devices which he/she can use at his/her age. In addition, teach your child about the importance of "ereputation" and privacy, so that he/she can exercise care in that regard, safeguard his/her personal data and does not subject others to behaviour to which he/she would not wish to be subjected, especially taunts or insults disseminated by text messages or videos or on social networks. Carefulness is also necessary as regards images subject to copyright, unlawful unloading, or the publication of "stolen" photos on a blog or personal page. Remind your child that, as his/her parent or legal guardian, you will be held liable, and punished, for any infringement by him/her of the law.

Put in place parental controls and antivirus and firewall protection

You can put in place parental control tools and antivirus and firewall systems to ensure that doubtful content (spam, phishing, etc.) or content unsuitable for a young person of your child's age (e.g. violence, pornography) does not pop up when he/she is surfing the web, and that your child's data are not hacked. Bear in mind that each device must be individually protected, and that the internet can be accessed via the home wi-fi or via the mobile network.

Teach your child to be as vigilant in the virtual world as in the real world

Youngsters like to know where their friends are at any given moment. However, you are strongly advised to deactivate the geolocation function on your child's mobile, in order to protect him/her against any unwelcome encounter. Tell him/her to never reply to a text message or MMS which bothers him/her or which is sent by a stranger, and encourage him/her to talk to you about it; you for your part should save all such messages.

Avoid unpleasant surprises when the bill arrives

Content means and involves data. Depending on the level of self-sufficiency and age of your teenage child, choose from amongst the various prepaid or unlimited data package deals on offer, so as to prevent any limits from being exceeded. Advise your child to use wi-fi connections wherever possible. You should also teach him/her to beware, on the web, of any content aimed at encouraging people to purchase so-called "free to play" items. As regards the purchase of applications or options the cost of which may piggyback on top of the basic invoice, or recourse to premium services, these can be capped or blocked altogether.