Social media privacy guides

If your child is using social networking sites to chat to friends and family or share their latest selfie, take a look at our list of social media guides to get you up to speed on the most popular platforms and help them set the right privacy settings.

Step-by-step Guides

Click on the guides to get step-by- step instruction to set controls on popular social media platforms and apps

Social media and messaging apps

Limitation of network filters

Limitation of network filters

Some content and sites can be encrypted, which means they’re coded in a way that prevents the controls from knowing what the content actually is, so filters will not necessarily apply. There are also ways of bypassing filters using what’s called a Virtual Private Network (VPN) if your child is technologically savvy enough.

They also don’t usually restrict purchases through apps or the use of certain programmes
that are already on the device. You’ll need to consider setting your device controls and
platform (such as Chrome or Netflix) controls too.

Search for Guides

Search here for parental controls guides for broadband, mobile, smartphones, social media, search engines and more, e.g Snapchat, Google, EE, Sky.

More to explore

Here are more resources to help you keep your child safe online.

Tech

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Age

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Social Media

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Stories

Read stories from parents about controls

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