Social media safety

See a range of articles, resources and tools to learn more about the issue of social media use and get practical tips to help your child manage this online issue.

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Yubo formerly Yellow social media app
Yubo, formerly Yellow, is a social media app encouraging teens to find new friends by allowing them to swipe left ...
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Goldilocks
Created by Vodafone the book Goldilocks help parents to discuss social media use with their younger children.

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New Age Appropriate Design Code aims to protect children online
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Discover what Facebook is doing to keep children safe online
With over 2.4 billion people using Facebook, safety is a key focus to help tackle harmful content online and keep ...

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What is online consent and how can I discuss this with my child?
Asking permission before sharing an image or being aware of what it means when accepting certain terms and conditions is ...

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Tips to help young people manage their online identity
To help children face online judgement and pressures to fit in, use our tips to help them become more confident ...
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Social media top tips
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Guides
Social media parents guide
Advice for parents on conversations to have before children get social

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Antonia shares tips that have helped her support her teenaged daughters.
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Making friends and managing real friendships online – tips from a parent
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Parent stories
Managing online stranger danger and digital relationships with kids – a parent’s story
Laura Hitchcock shares her experiences helping her children navigate stranger danger and digital relationships.

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Parental controls
BBC Own It App and Keyboard guide
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TikTok privacy and safety settings
Learn how to manage your child’s privacy settings on TikTok social media app with our step-by-step how-to guides.
Parental controls
WhatsApp privacy guide
Learn how to manage your child's privacy settings on Sarahah with our step-by-step how-to guides.

Recommended Research

Research
Parents say online porn gives children extreme unrealistic idea of sex
The range of proposed measures hopes to encourage companies to take reasonable steps to keep their users safe.
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1 in 3 parents concerned their children will become addicted to pornography
The range of proposed measures hopes to encourage companies to take reasonable steps to keep their users safe.
Research
Live streaming report reveals nearly a third of 11 to 13 year old are broadcasting themselves live over the internet
The report explores the factors that prevent young people from using the internet safely,
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