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byte is a video sharing app that lets you shoot, upload and share 15 second videos. There’s a feed which shows you popular videos, an explore page and individual profile pages. Anybody can comment on your videos (and you on theirs) and all videos you share can be downloaded by other users – so it’s best to think before you share.

13+

Official age rating

At a glance

Kids use this to...

Play

Create

Learn

Connect

Expert view of the risks...

Sexual

Medium Risk

Violence & hatred

Medium Risk

Bullying

Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Medium Risk

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What you should know

 

There's a six second limit per video

 

Byte is similar to other video sharing apps, like TikTok and Snapchat, but there’s a limit of six seconds per video. Even though six seconds doesn’t seem very long, your child might still come across inappropriate content. When we used the app, we saw videos containing drink, drugs, guns and swearing.

 

There are no moderation tools or parental controls

 

You should also be aware that currently there aren’t any moderation tools or parental controls, which means your child could easily come across more mature content. You can also talk to other users in the comments under each video, meaning your child might receive unwelcome communication or start talking to people they don’t know. Check out our tips below on how to report, block and flag on Byte.

 

All videos can be downloaded by another user

 

All videos you post can be downloaded by other users and shared across other social networks or posted elsewhere online. Use our tip below to talk to your child about what they’re sharing.

Top tips for staying safe

Exploring apps, sites and games together is a great way to involve your child in the decision-making process.

Be positive about what you see, but also be open about your concerns. Ask them what they think is appropriate and what worries them.

If you decide it’s not appropriate, then make sure you explain your reasons why.

You might decide it’s ok for your child to use. If so, make sure you follow the tips below to ensure it’s as safe as possible. And work out a time when you’ll next discuss the app.

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

You might want to start by asking:

  • What kinds of things do you share online?
  • Should we share everything?
  • What shouldn’t we share?

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You wouldn’t give your number to somebody you don't know on the street. Is somebody online you don't know any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like names, emails, phone numbers, location and school names
  • other people's personal information
  • links to join private group chats
  • photos of themselves
  • photos of their body, such as sexual photos or videos.

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.

Your child might come across something upsetting or negative on Byte. If this happens, they might want to report content or block another user. 

To report or block another user in Byte, you can go to their profile and select ‘report or block’. Follow Byte’s guidance on how to report and block.

You can ‘flag’ posts by selecting the arrow icon under the video. It will then give you four options for by your flagging it. Follow Byte’s guidance on how to flag a post.

And remember to let your child know that they can always talk to you about worrying things 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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