Being aware of all the different apps, their different purposes and the different settings for each of these can take some time. This section of the website aims to provide useful links so that they can be better understood. Knowing what is out there and how it is used can help children and young adults make the decision about whether they will open an account or not.
NSPCC’s Net Aware website contains information and videos about 53 of the most popular apps and social media platforms. This information includes what each app is used for, guides for parents, staying safe, what young people say about it, and the potential associated risks. Information about the most common apps is given below. These include, Instagram, Facebook & Messenger, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter, WhatsApp and YouTube, with links for Pinterest, Reddit, Minecraft, Facetime and Tumblr. Click the images to view the full webpages where you can find out about different apps: age rating, risk factors, privacy settings, children and parent reviews and much more.
Instagram describes itself as “a simple, fun and creative way to capture, edit and share photos, videos and messages with friends and family”.
Click the image on the right to download a pdf guide for parents with further information and FAQs.
Facebook & Messenger
Facebook is the dominant platform of social media in the UK. Among teens it is commonly used to post pictures, share life updates, find events near them and buying/selling items. Messenger (an app used in conjunction with facebook) is used as a free alternative to texting.
TikTok is a new app to the market which is used create and share 15 second videos on a wide range of topics. It has become particularly popular among teens and celebrities.
Snapchat is unlike many of the other social media sites as the content on this app gets automatically deleted after a set time (ranging from 1 second to 24 hours). On Snapchat you can send messages, photos, videos and drawings. Recently you can also access articles from: The Sun, Daily Mail, Cosmopolitan and Buzzfeed. Unless on ‘ghost mode’ accounts that follow you can see your live location.
Limited to 280 characters, Twitter is used to publish statements, pictures or videos. The default setting on twitter is public, however this can be changed.
WhatsApp is a free messaging app, often used as a free way to send unlimited texts and pictures and be apart of group chats. Importantly, only people who know your mobile number can message you.
With 1 in 3 children aspiring to have a career as a ‘Youtuber’, YouTube lets you create your own channel where you can upload videos, listen to music, watch movies and subscribe to other peoples accounts. Once a channel has 1,000 subscribers the Youtuber is eligible to monetise their account.
Click the logos below for further information about these apps.