Christmas is about sharing, not oversharing - help kids to share safely online this Christmas

As many as 1.3bn photos will be shared in the time it takes to cook the turkey!

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Family memories from christmas eve

Whether it's presents under the tree, mulled wine, mince pies or a favourite family anecdote, Christmas is the best time of year for sharing. And this Christmas expected to be the most connected ever, with 7bn images set to be shared on December 25th on social media*.

So as the festive period gets into full swing, TalkTalk's online safety partners Internet Matters are reminding parents to help their children think about the sort of content they share online, as record numbers take to social media to post their festive updates.

12 Shares of Christmas – tips for sharing online safely

It comes as new research reveals that only four-in-10 parents (42%) have given their children advice, or agreed rules on what content to post online.**

Researchers have also found that three-out-of-five children (60%) now use the internet alone in their bedrooms, an increase of 18% compared with 2013, meaning it is more important than ever that children understand how to stay safe online.

Cute boy, playing on smart phone at home

The number of parents who say they always supervise their children while they're online has gone down in the past three years from 30% to just 19%.

Meanwhile, 41% of children now access the internet at a friend's house or on the go, compared with 31% in 2013, which in part may be due to the increasing popularity of tablets with younger children.

Carolyn Bunting, General Manager of Internet Matters, said the rise was down to technology becoming more affordable and increasingly more mobile.

"Millions of children in Britain will be unwrapping new smartphones or tablets on Christmas morning and, as our research suggests, many will use them immediately to share their Christmas online," she said.

"Parents might be surprised by how much their children will be sharing on Christmas Day, everything from the presents they've received from Santa right down to dad snoring away in front of the TV at the end of the day. So it's important that parents sit down and have regular conversations with them so they can set rules and boundaries.

"We have created some tips to help parents understand the potential risks of over-sharing online, from the amount of personal information they are making available to knowing who they are talking to, and ways to keep it appropriate and fun."

12 Shares of Christmas – tips for sharing online safely


*KPCB Internet Trends 2016, Feedough 2016, Brandwatch 2016, Statistic Brain Research Institute: 2016

**Research of 1,500 parents of children aged 6 to 16, carried out by Opinion Leader in September 2016.