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PopJam

PopJam is an online platform and app aimed at 7-12 year olds. There’s a focus on creativity. Users can create and share art, as well as taking quizzes. You can comment openly but there’s no private chat and the app is only open between 6am and 11pm – users cannot interact with any content outside these hours.

7+

Official age rating

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Create

Learn

Connect

Our safety ratings

Overall safety rating:

Our overall rating for PopJam

Good

PopJam has lots of information for parents and carers to help keep kids safe.

There’s no private chat function and the site is switched off between 11pm and 6pm at night so kids can’t post.

The site is moderated and your child won’t be able to share selfies or other personal information with their followers. They also use filters to stop negative and bad language being posted.

Safety features

PopJam doesn’t ask for your age when you sign up so children under the official age rating can still sign up for an account.

PopJam has information for parents and carers about how they can keep their child safe on the app.

Privacy & location

There’s no private chat function on the app but people can comment on the content you share.

You can’t set a profile to private on but you can only share non-identifiable images and art to your account. Moderators on the app remove all selfies and other photos that show people’s faces. They also have pop-ups that encourage kids to not post personal information on the app.

PopJam disables the app between 11pm and 6am so kids can only post during set hours.

Reporting & blocking

Reporting and blocking features are easy to find and navigate on PopJam

The community guidelines are easy to read and child friendly, although younger children may need this explaining by a parent or carer

Content

We didn’t come across any harmful, inappropriate or adult content while using the app.

PopJam uses filters and has a team of moderators that stop bad language, negative comments or personal information being shared on the app.

O2 Guru top tip

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On PopJam

Show your child how to flag posts that make them feel uncomfortable by clicking the ‘report this post’ button next to the exclamation mark icon.

Top tips for staying safe

Sitting down with your child and exploring their favourite app or game is a great way for you to learn more about what they like to do online.

You can ask them why they like to use an app or play certain games, as well as who they’re talking to and what sorts of things they’re sharing.

You can also read our Net Aware reviews for tips on how to keep kids safe on popular apps, sites and games.

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.

PopJam has a range of information for parents and guardians, as well as advice on safety 

It explains what the app is, what children can and can’t do on it, and how they work to keep children safe. 

Your child might receive upsetting or negative things from other users on PopJam. If this happens, they might want to report or block them. 

PopJam has specific guidance on how to report, unfollow and block other users. 

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

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.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything 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.

Talk about staying safe online

What children and parents are saying about PopJam

We've spoken to over 2,000 parents and kids to find out what they think.

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Kids

What do children and young people like about PopJam? 

  • Being creative by making and sharing art 
  • Playing fun games with friends 

I like that you can create your own artwork/pictures. It tells you some safety tips like not to post pictures of yourself.

Girl, 12 

What do children and young people dislike about PopJam? 

  • People saying mean things to you 

Other things children and young people said about PopJam:

You can draw anything you want but not anything that is not approved. You can invite your friends to get the app and you can add them.

Girl, 12

Some of the art that people on the app produce is amazing and you can get followers / follow other people.

Girl, 11

 

 

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Parents

We asked parents about the following areas of PopJam: 

Reporting  

Most parents thought it was easy to find ways to report unsuitable content or behaviour, and block people from contacting you.  

Help your child get used to the app and how to block people/turn off location services. I personally wouldn't let my child go on the app without me present.

Mum of a 10 year old girl 

Safety and support 

Overall, parents thought it was easy to find rules and community standards and easy for a young person to find information about keeping themselves on this platform.  

It seems like a fun and safe space for children to play and connect online.

Dad of an 8 year old 

Privacy settings 

Most parents thought it was easy to change the settings so that your profile, account and location are private.  

Signing up 

I think it should be 13 or older. I would not let my children on there by themselves.
Mother of a 
9 year old boy 

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