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 and messaging apps

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

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Social gaming and live streaming apps

Get advice on apps that allow children to connect with friends and strangers through online gaming and live streaming.

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Anonymous and decoy apps

Learn more about issues linked with anonymous and decoy apps that may put children at risk of online safety issues.

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