What do I need to know about Episode: Choose Your Story?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Episode: Choose Your Story. We've also asked children and young people what they think. Here's what they said:

Children’s views


What do children and young people dislike about it?

8% of the children and young people who reviewed Episode: Choose Your Story thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Episode: Choose Your Story were:

  • There might be inappropriate or uncomfortable content in some of the episodes.
  • There are in-app purchases
  • The adverts that pop up


What do children and young people like about it?

The main things that children and young people told us they like about Episode: Choose Your Story were:

  • It’s a fun way to be creative and write your own stories.
  • It’s safe because you don’t communicate with others or share your location

Is content on Episode: Choose Your Story suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Episode: Choose Your Story. The level of risk is based on the % of respondents who reported seeing these types of content. The ratings are: Low Risk (less than 5% of respondents); Medium Risk (between 5 and 25%); and High Risk (over 25%, or more than one in four).

Sexual

High Risk

Violence & hatred

Medium Risk

Bullying

Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Medium Risk

What are people saying about
Episode: Choose Your Story?

Girl, 13

“It’s a good way to support writers and read moving pictures with decisions along the way.”

Girl, 13

“I like this app because it is fun to use and you can create your own stories for others to read. This app does not give you an option for location, so you are safe.”

Girl, 13

“The episodes can contain uncomfortable scenes but I think it’s safe because it tells you that mature themes can take place and it says that if it upsets you, you don't have to read it.”

Mother

“The story content seems to be uncontrolled and difficult to report if something is inappropriate. The themes seem much more for older teens/adults.” - Mother of an 11 yr old girl

Mother

"Encourage them to talk about the stories they are reading." - Mother of a 12 yr old girl

Mother

"Nothing about this app makes me think it is particularly good or bad at keeping children safe. I think parents need to keep an eye out." - Mother of a 12 yr old girl

Episode

The Episode app is a mobile storytelling network and platform. Episode features interactive Hollywood-caliber stories built from the ground up for mobile, not the passive entertainment of TV and movies. In Episode, your choices decide the path of your story.

O2 Guru Top Tips for Episode: Choose Your Story

O2 Guru Matthew says:


"This popular game is great for creative children as it gives them the chance to write and become part of a story. Remember to head to the settings page and block in-app purchases as these can get very expensive with some stories costing up to £40 to complete."


Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. You can call us free on 0808 800 5002.


For face to face advice and support, you can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 Guru here (even if you’re not with O2). 

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What's the right age for Episode: Choose Your Story?

13+

Episode: Choose Your Story says

With parent's permission. This is from Episode's own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2018.

13+

Our panel of parents say

Based on our independent panel of 2,049 parents, surveyed through YouGov in January 2018.

11+

Children say

Based on 2,059 responses from children and young people in November and December 2017.

9+

Net Aware visitors say

Based on 263 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site - you can vote too.

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