Guide to Apps

Get expert tips to support children



Getting to grips with apps children use

Although child-friendly apps can make using the internet a more accessible and enjoyable experience, the thousands of apps available for different types of people mean it’s important to make sure children use appropriate ones.

This guide maps some of the most common apps available and highlights those that might create risky situations for children, such as unintentionally revealing personal information, stranger danger and generating large bills through in-app purchasing.

It also features advice on apps that can be used to improve children learning and wellbeing to help them get the best experience out of the online world.


See recommended age-appropriate apps that’ll help your child get the best out of the internet.

App guides and resources

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Social networking apps

Get insight into the world of social network apps and the risks & benefits they pause to children.

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Chatting Apps

Learn about apps that allow children to maintain online relationships.

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Entertainment & Decoy apps

Learn more about issues linked with anonymous, decoy and entertainment apps.

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App review guide

NSPCC NetAware is a simple guide for parents to the most popular social networks, apps and games.

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