Sites, apps and games we've reviewed so far

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


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 experiences, thoughts or memories with an online community.


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


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


YouTube allows you to watch, create and comment on videos. You can create your own YouTube account, playlists and channel with a public profile.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

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 send instant messages and make audio and video calls to other users around the world.


Twitter is a messaging service that lets you post public messages called tweets up to 280 characters long. You can also send private messages and post pictures/videos.


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


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


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

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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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