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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 … Continued

Can selfies affect a child’s mental health?

By Dr. Linda Papadopoulos on

The desire to explore and manipulate our identity is a normal process of development and underpins much of the appearance-driven behaviour that we see amongst young people. Up until recently, this was done in front of the mirror; experimenting with clothes, hairstyles and makeup.  More recently the selfie has begun to play a role. While … Continued

What do you do if your child is addicted to online gaming?

By Emma Chanagasubbay on

Last year, Emma’s 14-year-old son, Jack*, became addicted to online gaming. Here, Emma shares her experience to offer support to other parents. Our family is a little larger than average, and it makes for a busy household. We’ve never really had much time to play computer games, except the odd game on the iPad for … Continued

Yellow social media app – what parents need to know

By Internet Matters Team on

Yellow is the newest social media app encouraging teens to find new friends on Snapchat and Instagram by allowing them to swipe left or right to connect. With over 7 million users, some have called it 'Tinder for Teens' and its lack of safety features have raised concerns. Here's what you need to know about … Continued

Revealed: The Secret life of six-year-olds online

By Ghislaine Bombusa on

To mark Safer Internet Day, we carried out research which revealed the online habits of a six-year-olds are as digitally advanced as 10-year-olds were just three years old. Below we've created an infographic to show how six-year-olds online habits compare to that of 10-year-olds and how they've changed since 2013.  If you'd like to get practical … Continued

Mum shares sharenting experiences and online safety tips

By Zoe Holland on

Zoe Holland, mum and teacher, talks about her ups and downs with sharenting and how she encourages her children to be safe online. Zoe often shares photos of her children, aged 12, 10 and 7, online. “I write a family-focused blog, and so we’re often sharing photos of the family engaging in activities, and I … Continued

‘Be the change’ this Safer Internet Day

By Will Gardner on

At the UK Safer Internet Centre, we’re inviting you to ‘Be the change’ and help make the internet a better place this Safer Internet Day. Celebrated globally and coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the day is a great opportunity to talk to your family and friends about the safe, responsible … Continued