Please find the National Online Safety guide for ‘What Parents Need to Know about Echo Chambers‘ below.
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The internet is a vast space, home to all manner of differing viewpoints. However, website owners have realised that people tend to enjoy the online company of others who think and sound like them. It’s in the website providers’ interests, then, to create echo chambers: sites where the user’s own views are echoed, reinforced and built on without being challenged. This is common on social media. Combine echo chambers with the dangers of misinformation and fake news, and the result could easily see children becoming trapped in an online bubble – only ever confirming what they think they know, discouraging them from questioning, and never offering a different perspective.
In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as radicalisation, changes in behaviour and stifled independent thought.