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BBC Own It

The BBC Own It app is an online safety and well-being app for young people. It helps them keep track of how they’re feeling, build online skills and access support for problems they might face online. It also includes a keyboard that responds to what they write. It might prompt users to think before sending a message or direct them to help if it thinks they’re upset. The app is private and none of the data is shared with anybody else.

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Our safety ratings

Overall safety rating:

Our overall rating for BBC Own It

Excellent

The BBC Own It app and site is a good resource for children of all ages. There is lots of information, advice and articles to help and support children with a range of issues they may be experiencing.

The app also has several features including a diary where kids can share and reflect on how they’re feeling and a keyboard that can be activated on their device. This keyboard uses a traffic light system and message prompts to encourage kids to think before they send a message.

Overall, we think this a good tool for kids to use as it encourages them to reflect on their feelings and think about how their actions can affect other people. But be aware that the app can’t detect images and videos sent by a child, or stop your child from receiving upsetting messages.

 

 

Safety features

As the BBC Own It app has been designed specifically for kids and there are no communication features, we don’t think it requires any additional safety features.

Privacy & location

BBC Own It doesn’t share any personal information with anyone on the app. There are also no communication features meaning your child won’t be able to talk to anyone else. For this reason we don’t think it needs any additional privacy and location settings.

Apart from some basic data used for analytical purposes, the app does not share any information, all data is processed on the device.

You can read more about how your child’s data will be stored on the BBC Own It’s site.

Reporting & blocking

There are no communication features within the BBC Own It app so users on the app shouldn’t need to use a reporting and blocking function.

Content

We didn’t come across any reports of inappropriate behaviour or see anything that a child could find upsetting while exploring the app.

O2 Guru top tip

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Use the BBC Own It keyboard

We’d recommend using the awesome keyboard which gives helpful tips and advice to young people as they write!

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Top tips for staying safe

The BBC Own It app is designed to help children use the internet safely and support them in making positive choices online. The special keyboard responds to what they write, so depending on what they’re about to send, it might prompt them to stop and think before they send it. Or if they write something that shows they’re upset or in a difficult situation, it might ask if they want help, such as talking to Childline.

We know that a lot of kids don’t want their parents to tell them what apps to download but it’s worth talking to your child about BBC Own It. It has loads of fun and useful features, including a dashboard that can keep track of how they’re feeling.

If they do decide to download it, explore the app together and learn how to use the features. Once set up, let your child use the app in private because it’s designed to be their own personal place.  

There’s also some really good content on the app which can direct them to help and support if they need it, but keep reminding them they can also talk to you.

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.

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Talking to your child

Having open, regular conversations with your child will help you to really understand and explore the online world together. Our tips and advice can help you start these conversations.

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