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O2 Guru's Top Tip for Skype

O2 Guru Matthew says:

“Skype makes it simple to block a contact from messaging or calling you. Just tap on the contact's name which gives you a menu where you can block the contact.”

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

You can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 online safety guru here.


What's the right age for Skype?


Skype says

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


Our panel of parents say

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


Children say

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


Net Aware visitors say

Based on 757 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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Is content on Skype suitable for children and young people?

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


Low Risk

Violence and hatred

Low Risk


Low Risk

Suicide and self-harm

Low Risk


Low Risk

13% of parents reported seeing violence and hatred on Skype.

16% of young people reported seeing either violence and hatred or sexual content on Skype.

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