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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. You can post to Reddit with an image, video and text and you can also insert links and include polls. The platform has over 100,000 different communities known as sub-reddits.

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Official age rating

18+

Net Aware age recommendation

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Our overall rating for Reddit

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Reddit is a community-based service that has thousands of different forums known as sub-reddits. The forums cover many different topics from news, entertainment, gaming and real-life issues. When you register you’re asked to pick categories so Reddit can recommend you sub-reddits to follow. You can also use the search function to find other forums or topics.

You can remain relatively anonymous on Reddit as only your nickname appears to other users. However, all posts are public and can be seen by anyone. Reddit also has a private chat that lets you speak to other users 1:1.

While exploring the app we came across inappropriate content and forums that contained adult themes that a child might find upsetting or confusing. There’s a high chance your child could come across this type of content and therefore we don’t think Reddit is suitable for kids under the age of 18.

Safety features

There are no parental control or safety features available on Reddit. The platform is rated 13+ but they don’t have any age-verification tools in place. Be aware that even if you don’t have an account on Reddit you can still access and read some of the forums.

Reddit does have an NSFW (not safe for work) filter to help stop inappropriate content from appearing on your feed. You should make sure this is switched on if you let your child use the platform. However, be aware that these filters won’t always be 100% effective.

Privacy & location

Reddit records an approximate location when using the desktop version of the site but this information is not shared with any other user.

The privacy settings on Reddit are quite limited but users can decide what personal information they share on their profile. If you decide to let your child use Reddit you should explore some of the privacy settings available such as limiting who can search for them and who can see when they post something new.

Reporting & blocking

You can block and report communities, posts, private chat and users on Reddit. The functions are easy to find and appear on every forum and user profile. You should make sure your child knows how to find the report and block functions.

You might want to check out Reddit’s Content Policy for more information about how they’re trying to keep the platform a safe space.

Content

While exploring the app we came across inappropriate content and forums that contained adult themes. This is easily viewed through the search filter or by viewing the users/communities you’re following.

The adult filter that helps stop inappropriate content from being shown is switched off by default. Make sure to explore settings in your child’s account and turn this on. However, be aware there is no guarantee this will stop your child seeing content that might upset them.

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Switch on NSFW (not safe for work) filter

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

Sitting down with your child and exploring Reddit together is a good way to understand why they like to use it and gives you an opportunity to chat about ways they can keep safe.

Talk to your child about the different communities on Reddit and agree some rules about which ones they can join. Keep in mind that children might use Reddit for different reasons such as, to seek support or chat with people who have similar interests to them. So it’s important to listen and be enthusiastic about what they have to say.

Make sure to switch off the NSFW feature to help stop your child from seeing inappropriate content. To do this:

1) Go to settings.
2) Go to feed settings.
3) Select adult content.

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

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You shouldn't give your number to somebody you don't know on the street. Is somebody online you don't know 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 names, emails, phone numbers, location and school names
  • other people's personal information
  • links to join private group chats
  • photos of themselves
  • photos of their body, such as sexual photos or videos.

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.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.

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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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.

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