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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Facebook and Messenger

Facebook is a social network which lets you create a page about yourself. Facebook Messenger allows you to instant message in group chats or one to one.

ASKfm

ASKfm is a social networking site where you can ask other people questions. You can choose to ask the question anonymously.

BBM

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.

Google+

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

Instagram

Instagram is a picture and video sharing app. Users can post content and use hashtags to share experiences, thoughts or memories with an online community.

Kik

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

Snapchat

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

Twitter

Twitter is a messaging service that lets you post public messages called tweets up to 140 characters long. You can also send private messages and post pictures/videos.

WhatsApp

WhatsApp is an instant messaging app which lets you send messages, images and videos to friends in one to one chats and group conversations.

Tumblr

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

Pinterest

Pinterest is an online interactive pin board. You can create collections of pin boards using your own images and you can also re-pin things from other people.

Tango

Tango is an app which allows you meet new people, make voice and video calls, have group chats and share content with other users.

Viber

Viber is a computer program and app, which lets you text, call, share photos and send video messages to people worldwide.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a computer programme and app that lets you video call, phone or message other users.

Allo

Allo is a messaging app that lets you express yourself through stickers, doodles, emojis and text.

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About this guide

We worked with 674 parents and carers, and 1,696 young people to review the sites, apps and games that children use.

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