Most popular social media services don’t allow anyone under 13 to join. Even so, lots of younger children manage to set up accounts. What can you do?
Apps and social media
Yubo is a popular mobile app. Thinkuknow - the education programme of The National Crime Agency’s child protection command CEOP - has created a guide for parents on how the app works and what your child needs to know about how to use it safely and sensibly.
Viral challenges continue to shape a lot of young people’s experiences online. fare harmless and just good fun, but some are more sinister and could pose risks. Here's what parents need to know.
Parent Info examines the very modern phenomenon of social media ‘sharenting’.
Kids can't get enough of the video sharing site. Read CEOP's comprehensive guide to everything parents need to know about it.
Instagram is now bigger than Twitter. What's the big attraction? And is there anything you need to know?
Everything you need to know about the popular smartphone game, including parental concerns and safety tips.
Musical.ly is an app for creating and sharing lip sync videos among friends. What do parents and carers need to know about it?
If you want to set parental controls on apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, here's how to do it.
Everything you need to know about the hugely popular picture sharing app.
How to be a bit more careful, and a bit better informed, when using Snapchat.
Does the fact that photos disappear from Snapchat make it completely safe to use? If things do go wrong, what can you do?
With the summer holidays just around the corner, we've gathered some of the most exciting apps we’ve found to get kids outdoors and enjoy what nature has to offer.
A lot of sites and apps specify that users must be aged over 13. Why 13? Vicki Shotbolt explains and offers a guide to the age limits for various popular online activities.
YouNow is a live video and chat app that's popular with young people. What should you know about it?
Tinder is one of the most popular dating apps out there. Here's what parents need to know.
The rise of viral fight videos and how to help your child if they are involved
ooVoo is a group video chat service that has been the source of some controversy, with fears that children are giving away information to people they don't know. Like any popular online tool, used wisely it's great; used unwisely it can be a platform for problems. Here's everything you need to know about what ooVoo is, how to use it safely, and how to report anything worrying.
Ask.fm is anonymous and has been known to lead to cyberbullying and taunting. Here is CEOP’s guide to Ask.fm in a series of FAQs for parents.
‘Teens turn to, and are obsessed with whichever environment allows them to connect to friends. Most teens aren’t addicted to social media; if anything, they’re addicted to each other.’
There's been quite a lot of interest recently in monitoring apps, which allow you to track your child, alerting you to where they are and what they're doing. Sounds like a brilliant idea, no? But experts warn you should think twice before putting your child under surveillance. We look at the pros and cons.