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.