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.

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Showing 15 of 19 networks


Facebook is a social network, which lets you create a page about yourself. is a site where you can ask people questions. You can choose to ask them anonymously.

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.


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.


Snapchat is an app that lets you send a photo or short video to your friends.


Twitter is a social network messaging service that lets you send public messages called tweets.


Whatsapp is an instant messaging app, which lets you send instant messages, images and videos to friends.


Tumblr is a social networking site that lets you share text, photos, quotes, links, audio clips, slideshows and videos.

Meow Chat

Meow Chat allows you to chat with strangers in a public chat room, or as a private conversation.


Pinterest is an interactive pin board. You can create collections using your own images or re-pin things from other people.


PopJam is a creative website where you can share drawings, photos and audio messages.


Tango is an app which allows you to make voice and video calls and have group chats.

Yahoo Messenger

Yahoo Messenger is an app that allows you to instant message, voice and video call and share images.

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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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