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Parents' Guide to Social Bots

Bots are computer-generated accounts which sit on social media, masquerading as humans. While many are harmless or even have good intentions, others are designed to extort, sell products, spread propaganda or bully human users. Bots – short for ‘robots’, of course – are often confused with state-funded troll accounts; the two can be difficult to tell apart. However, if the results are the same, then both should be treated similarly.

In the guide below, from National Online Safety, you'll find tips on a number of potential risks such as cyberbullying, extortion and astroturfing.



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