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 17 networks

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.

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.

Skype

Skype is a computer programme and app, which lets you send instant messages and make audio and video calls to other users around the world.

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.

Omegle

Omegle is a social networking site that randomly connects you to another person who’s on the site. It lets you talk to others in a one-to-one audio or video conversation anonymously, or you can choose to share your personal information.

ooVoo

ooVoo lets you make video and voice calls and send texts to other people, friends and family.

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.

Twitch

Twitch is a live video game website. You can watch playbacks of games being played by other people, live stream your own games and chat to other gamers.

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.

FaceTime

FaceTime allows you to make video and audio calls from your Apple devices using the internet.

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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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