GoBubble – A safe social media app for under 13s

By Internet Matters Team on

Social media offers children a world of opportunities but it can also open them up to potential risks such as cyberbullying.

GoBubble – the new app from eCadets – allows children to take advantage of the best bits of social media without any of the negative aspects.

What is GoBubble?

GoBubble and was created with younger children in mind specifically from the age of seven. The aim of the app is to give parents and teachers the tools to deal with the growing trend of children using social media platforms and get them ready to use them safely when they’re old enough.

The idea of the app is to connect the world’s classrooms and allow children to safely chat with kids the same age around the globe.

How it works

It allows children to chat online with school friends, share jokes, pictures or videos.

The main difference is that the child’s school is placed at the centre of their social media network with them creating accounts. Everything is moderated by GoBubble’s AI and live team.

You can create multiple groups (for classes, teams, competitions)

You can post and share content which children reply to and create their own content

Parents can see their child’s content. They can also receive one-way messages from you

The school signs its pupils up, with parental approval, and children can safely talk to kids in their own class, school, or even with children the same age in schools around the world.

Safety features

GoBubble puts an end to unwanted friend requests, dubious content and the potential for cyber-bullying.

All posts are automatically moderated through the system’s safety features, ensuring any inappropriate video, images, text, audio or emojis, are removed before going live.

The app promotes all the fun of social media but aims to keep out the bad bits by doing the following:

Verifying every user

Making sure each user can only talk to someone in the same year group

Moderating all content

Banning bad language, bullying and inappropriate images

Requiring parental consent for children who have an account

Hosting the content on a dedicated secure server in the UK

Carrying out security checks prior to schools being set up with account

How much does it cost?

GoBubble is available free to schools. Parents and children can access Go Bubble via the web for free or have the option of downloading the app onto their tablet, laptop or mobile device for £3 a year.

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