16th March 2022

Please find the National Online Safety guide for ‘What Parents Need to Know About Online Avatars‘ below.

Download: What Parents Need to Know About Online Avatars [PDF]

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Online avatars are digital characters that look like you. They are a form of self-representation without using an actual picture. The use of online avatars is popular in online communities and on video gaming platforms. There are usually three different types of avatars found online; cartoon, anime and image avatars, which tend to be the most popular. Avatars can be a good way to protect your child’s identity online and reduce the risk from impersonation or identity theft. However, they can also be misused by other users who can use them for their own advantage.

In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as grooming, catfishing and trolling.