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Skype

Skype is a platform and app that lets you make audio and video calls to other people around the world. You can also send instant messages.

13+

Official age rating

13+

Parent age rating

What do parents say?
11+

Child age rating

What do children say?

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

O2 Guru top tip

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On Skype account privacy

Show your child how to report and block other users on Skype. Remember, this might be different for the desktop and app version.

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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.

Talk to your child about only adding contacts they know. If they receive requests from people they don’t know, they can ignore or block them.

If your child does receive something upsetting or negative from another user, they can report or block them. The way to report differs on mobile and desktop, so check out the information on Skype.

Explore how to report with your child and let them 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 Skype

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 dislike about Skype?

  • People you don’t know contacting or adding you

I do not think it is an easy layout to understand and there are no clear guides on what to do if you are feeling unsafe online.

Girl, 13

What do children and young people like about Skype?

  • Being able to easily talk to friends and family around the world
  • Feeling in control of your account

You can chat with your family with a Facecam, which is useful. You can block or unfriend unwanted people. You have the option to accept or reject the invite.

Boy, 14

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Parents

We asked parents about the following areas of Skype:

Privacy settings

I would have liked to have been able to activate privacy settings on the app rather than my phone settings.

Dad of a 10 year old boy

Safety and support

It’s there for you to read but you could just skip it.

Mum of a 17 year old

Reporting

I could not find how to report content but blocking is very easy and intuitive to do in a variety of places.

Dad of an 11 year old boy

Signing up

The application process was straightforward and asked me to verify who I was by clicking a link sent to my email address.

Father of a 13 year old boy

There wasn't much of an explanation of the features of Skype through the registration process.

Dad of 7 and 10 year olds

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