What are people saying about
BBM?

O2 Guru's Top Tip for BBM

O2 Guru Rosa says:

“BBM has a handy feature that let's you retract messages so the recipient can no longer see them. Just tap on 'Retract' in the message to ensure they can't be seen again.”

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What's the right age for BBM?

13+

BBM says

This is taken from BBM’s own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2017.

13+

Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of nearly 700 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2017.

11+

Children say

Based on 1,696 responses from children and young people in December 2016 and January 2017.

11+

Net Aware visitors say

Based on 175 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

What do you think?

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18+

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Is content on BBM suitable for children and young people?

We asked young people and parents to tell us about the content they came across on BBM. Here are the types of inappropriate content that they reported:

Sexual

Medium Risk

Violence and hatred

Medium Risk

Bullying

Low Risk

Suicide and self-harm

Low Risk

Other

Low Risk

25% of parents reported seeing sexual content on BBM. 19% reported either bullying or adult or illegal content, which could include alcohol, gambling, swearing or drugs.

32% of young people reported seeing violence and hatred on BBM.

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