Sites, apps and games we've reviewed so far

Rather than trying to cover every social network out there, we’re focusing on the ones kids use the most.

How we developed this guide

Showing 15 of 42 networks is a site where you can ask people questions. You can choose to ask them anonymously.


BlackBerry’s BBM is an instant messaging app. You have your own unique 4 digit PIN and other people can only add you using this.

Bin Weevils

Bin Weevils is an online virtual world where you can play online games, chat with friends, adopt a virtual pet, grow your own garden and watch cartoons.


Chatroulette is a website which lets you talk to another person anywhere in the world.

Club Penguin

Club Penguin is an online multiplayer game where you can explore a virtual world using a cartoon penguin character.


DeviantArt is an online community where you can post your art and comment on other people’s work.

Facebook Messenger

Facebook Messenger is an app which allows users to communicate with their friends from their Facebook account or phonebook.


Google+ is a space where you can share photos and videos, instant message or make video-calls.


FMyLife is an online community where you can post a short caption about an unfortunate incident that has happened during your day.

Habbo Hotel

Habbo Hotel is a social network site where you can communicate and interact in a virtual hotel.


Instagram is a picture and video sharing app. Users can post content and use hashtags to share with others.


Kik is an instant messaging app which lets you share messages, photos, games and news or organise events.


YouTube is a place to watch, create and share videos. Videos include things like music, animation, online blogs and TV clips.


Minecraft is a game that lets you build and create a virtual world using building blocks.


Skype is a computer programme and app, which lets you make audio and video calls.

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About this guide

We worked with over 500 parents and carers, and 1725 young people to review social networks and apps that children use.

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