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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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Low Risk

Violence & hatred

Low Risk


Low Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Low Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Low Risk

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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.

And if they feel like they can’t speak to you, tell them to talk to an adult they trust, like a teacher or Childline.


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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