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Reddit

Reddit is a community-based forum where people write posts covering many different topics, which others can then comment on. The more popular something is the higher up it appears on the website.

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Official age rating

15+

Parent age rating

What do parents say?
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Child age rating

What do children say?

At a glance

Kids use this to...

Play

Create

Learn

Connect

Parents' and children's view of risks...

Sexual

High Risk

Violence & hatred

High Risk

Bullying

Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

High Risk

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On Reddit parental controls

In settings, make sure the NSFW (not safe for work) feature is turned off. Let your child know if they see anything upsetting they can talk to you.

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Top tips for staying safe

Exploring apps, sites and games together is a great way to involve your child in the decision-making process.

Be positive about what you see, but also be open about your concerns. Ask them what they think is appropriate and what worries them.

If you decide it’s not appropriate, then make sure you explain your reasons why (and be prepared for an unhappy child).

You might decide it’s ok for your child to use. If so, make sure you follow the tips below to ensure it’s as safe as possible. And work out a time when you’ll next discuss the app.

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

You might want to start by asking:

  • What kinds of things do you share online?
  • Should we share everything?
  • What shouldn’t we share?

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You wouldn’t give your number to a stranger on the street. Is a stranger online any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like emails, names, phone numbers, school names
  • photos of themselves with strangers
  • photos of their body
  • gossip

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

And if they feel like they can’t speak to you, tell them to talk to an adult they trust, like a teacher or Childline.

Reddit provides online information on their Content Policy, including unwelcome content, prohibited behaviour and moderation.  

You can talk about this with your child to decide whether you think it’s appropriate and ask them questions to make sure they understand.   

Your child might read or see something upsetting or negative on Reddit. If this happens, they might want to report the content. 

Reddit Help has specific guidance on rules and reporting. And they also have information on how to report spam, abuse or other issues(You have to be logged into your account to see these pages.) 

And remember to let your child know that they can always talk to you about worrying things they see online. 

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Talking to your child

Having open, regular conversations with your child will help you to really understand and explore the online world together. Our tips and advice can help you start these conversations.

Talk about staying safe online

What children and parents are saying Reddit

We've spoken to over 2,000 parents and kids to find out what they think.

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Kids

What do children and young people dislike about Reddit? 

  • Seeing inappropriate content 
  • The content doesn’t always seem to be truthful 
  • People can say mean things in the comments 

It can be used to say/promote things that people my age shouldn't be seeing.

Girl, 15 

What do children and young people like about Reddit? 

  • It’s a way of finding out about what’s going on in the world from all sorts of people 
  • The content is funny 
  • Sharing opinions with the community 

You can share and find things shared by other people. There are many different groups of people on the website and it can provide a sense of community. 

Boy, 16 

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Parents

Reporting  

You have to look under preferences to find out how to block a user, so it’s not the most intuitive. There is a report button underneath each post and comment.

Mum of an 8 year old boy 

It's easy to find the report button and the reporting options are clear. I found the blocking options very quickly from my preferences on my account.

Mum of 8 and 11 year olds 

Safety and support 

Most Reddit pages have an article posted at the top to explain the rules. There's also a link to the wiki tab on all the pages which breaks down the dos and do nots. This page also has a help link.

Dad of 10 and 16 year olds 

The community standards are pretty comprehensive and clearly explained. Moderation and the punishment for infringing the standards are also explained. They are easy to find and also sit in a sidebar for different subreddits.

Mum of 8 year old boy

Privacy settings 

Would be better if you were asked to review these when creating new account instead of default options.

Father of 7 and 9 year olds 

 

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