BBC Own It App

Getting their first phone is a big moment in a child’s life.  But with so many messages, notifications and social media accounts to juggle, phone life can quickly get overwhelming, stressful and out of control. That’s where the Own It app and keyboard come in.

What you need know about Own It App

  • It’s free to download
  • Nothing your child types is shared with the BBC or anyone else
  • It helps kids to make smart choices online

Helping children find balance

It’s really important that children lead a happy and healthy life online, but that balance can become tricky when they get their hands on their first phone.

Maybe their phone notifications are keeping them up at night. Or maybe they’re not sure what information is safe to share online? Or maybe the ‘banter’ is getting a little bit out of hand in the group chat?

Special keyboard to support your child

The BBC Own It app can help, by giving children advice and guidance when they need it the most. The app has a special keyboard that can be used like any other keyboard – to type messages to friends, post on social media or search online – and the clever bit happens while they are typing.

The keyboard uses special technology to check what’s being typed, and gives feedback and support, helpful tips and friendly advice. The BBC Own It app also has a diary feature where children can track how they’re feeling.

Everything that a child types using the keyboard is kept completely private, and never leave the app on their device. That means that children can use the keyboard, add notes and track their emotions without worrying about who might see.

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Download the app from the Apple store or Googleplay, encourage your child to check in with the app a couple of times a day to track how they’re feeling.

How does the app work?

The app and keyboard use specially developed machine learning technology combined with a self reporting function to build a picture of how your child is doing, promoting positive behaviours online and stepping in to help when your child may be struggling.

What does the app come with?

In addition to special keyboard, the app comes with – gifs, videos, emojis, quizzes, articles, top tips and much more.

How does it support children?

  • Helps children deal with the social and friendship issues and the dilemmas of everyday digital life
  • Supports children’s wellbeing online using a combination of self-reflection and self-reporting
  • Intervenes with support for children when there are indications of harm and harmful behaviours

BBC Own It App parent review

Adele Jennings of OurFamilylife.co.uk and Internet Matters parent vlogger shares her review of the BBC Own It app and keyboard.

Supporting your child’s wellbeing

In addition to using the BBC Own It app, your child will need your help to get the best out of their online experiences. Having ongoing check-ins about what they do online is important. We’ve created a number of guides to help you do just that. See a few of these below to help you manage your child’s digital wellbeing.

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