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 ...
Apps & Tools
Goldilocks
Created by Vodafone the book Goldilocks help parents to discuss social media use with their younger children.

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What is Threads App from Instagram?
Threads, the latest messaging app developed by Facebook to privately share pictures and between users and your closest friends.
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Instagram restricts weight loss posts to support young people’s digital wellbeing
Instagram has introduced new policies to ensure that users under 18 on its platform will not be able to see ...
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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 the real-world impact of online hate speech on young people?
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How can I help my child think critically about the social media influencers they follow?
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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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Social media parents guide
Advice for parents on conversations to have before children get social
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Parent pack: Social guides
List of social media guides to help parents get up to speed on the most popular platforms and help them ...
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WhatsApp social media guide
With over 1.5 billion users, WhatsApp has become one of the most used messaging apps. Find out what feature you ...

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Online consent & images sharing – Mum shares challenges of teaching teens to share safely
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
Mum Eilidh shares safety tips that have helped her to support her children.
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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BBC Own It App and Keyboard guide
See our step-by-step guide to the Own It app and keyboard designed to empower your child to make smart choices, ...
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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
Ditch the Label Annual bullying survey 2018
The report explores the factors that prevent young people from using the internet safely,
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