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Kidschat.net

Kidschat.net is a free online messaging site aimed at children. You can talk to people you don’t know on public forums and via private message. You can access the site as a guest or by creating an account.

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Our safety ratings

Overall safety rating:

Our overall rating for Kidschat.net

Very Poor

Kidschat.net doesn’t have an appropriate system in place to ensure only young people aged between 13-19 can access the site. This means it’s easy for both younger children and adults to use it.

There is a high risk your child could talk to an adult they don’t know and come across language or messages they might find upsetting. There are also reports online about young people being sent private messages asking for nudes.

The site advertises itself as the ‘world’s largest chatroom for kids’ and a place children can go ‘to make friends’. Some kids might think that it’s ok to use so it’s really important to talk to your child about the dangers of using these types of free messaging platforms.

We do not think this site is suitable for anyone under the age of 18.

Safety features

There are no safety features or parental controls available.

The site is aimed at children and users are asked to confirm their age when they sign up. However, the registration form makes it easy for someone to lie about their age and people who don’t meet the age criteria can easily use the platform.

Privacy & location

There are no privacy settings available.

People can access the site by signing up as a guest or registering for an account. When a user registers for an account they’re asked to share a username, email and age (although you can only pick one that's between 13-19).

Account holders have the option to create their own profile and can send and receive private messages.

The site doesn’t share exact locations but some users have country flags next to their name.

Reporting & blocking

On public forums you can report another user by clicking on their profile and selecting ‘Report’.

All report requests are reviewed by volunteer moderators. Reporting via private message is more difficult and you need to send a screengrab of the conversation to a moderator or admin to review.

Content

We came across some inappropriate language and sexually explicit comments while exploring the site. There is a high risk that your child might come across something that upsets them or be contacted by an adult they don’t know.

We also came across adverts for online dating sites and conversation around adult themes that a child might find worrying.

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Top tips

Explore our Net Aware reviews to help find an app, site or game that might be more suitable for your child. Here are some things you might want to look out for:

• Age ratings
• Parental controls
• Chat features

Once you’ve had a look at our reviews, you might want to sit down with your child and agree some rules around which apps or sites they can use.

While there are risks with most online platforms, we would recommend only letting your child use apps that have privacy settings and a report and block function.

For lots of kids gaming is a way they can stay connected with friends. While playing games with other people is a more sociable way to be online, it’s important to check in regularly with your child about who they’re talking to.

Lots of gaming platforms have chat functions that let you to talk to people you don’t know. Make sure to check the communication features on the games your child plays and explore the safety features available.

We would recommend they only chat to friends they have actually met , like their school friends or people they know from other offline activities.

If it’s a game your child has been playing for a while you might want to ask them whether they’ve joined any new chats or forums. Have a conversation with them about the types of things they’re discussing and what is appropriate to share.

Make sure you check in with your child regularly about who they’re talking to on their favourite games. Remind them that conversations should only be about the game, and if someone starts asking them other questions or suggests they speak using another app like Snapchat or Instagram they should tell you.

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

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You shouldn'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.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) helps keep children safe from online grooming. If you suspect it is an adult who is in contact with your child and they are behaving inappropriately then you should report this to the CEOP.

If your child sees something online that upsets or worries them it’s important that you both know where you can get further support.

If you’re worried about your child or need advice you might want to call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000.

Encourage your child to look at the Childline website, which has a range of great advice articles:

• Feeling good on social media
• Coping with stress
• Worries about the world

Childline’s Calm zone is also packed with tools and activities to help your child de-stress and discover news techniques that can support them when they’re feeling down. Young people can also talk about their worries with others on the Childline message boards.

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