Online Avatars

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In the online world, avatars can offer a degree of protection and privacy for young people - but they can also provide anonymity to individuals with malicious intentions. This short video tells you everything you need to know.

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What are online avatars?

Online avatars are digital characters that represent a person. The use of online avatars is popular in online communities and on video gaming platforms. Cartoons, anime, and images are all used as avatars. Avatars can protect children’s identity online and reduce the risk of impersonation or identity theft. However, they can also be misused by those who use them to their own advantage.

For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.