At National Online Safety, we provide multi-award-winning online safety education for the whole school community. It’s our mission to make the internet a safer place for children. We believe that when children go online to learn, communicate or play, they should be able to do so safely. That’s why we provide schools all over the world with the knowledge they need in order to tackle new and evolving online risks.
Fake Profiles and Social Bots Explained
This short explainer video addresses the widespread issues of fake profiles and social bots.
It’s often difficult for children to grasp that – in the online world – not everyone is really who they claim to be. Some individuals go to great lengths and spend large amounts of time creating believable fake accounts to convince people that they are someone else. Sometimes, this is simply for their own amusement; on other occasions it has a more sinister purpose, such as grooming or exploitation. Some fake profiles, meanwhile, aren’t operated by a real person at all, but by artificial intelligence ‘bots’ which are designed to emulate human behaviour online. This short video gives you the basics on these troubling online phenomena.