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O2 Guru Top Tip for Twitter

O2 Guru Paul says:

“Twitter allows you to keep your account private so you can protect your tweets and stop people sending you direct messages. Head to your settings to ensure you’re being safe online.”

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 Twitter?


Twitter says

This is taken from Twitter’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 1184 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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Is content on Twitter suitable for children and young people?

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


Medium Risk

Violence and hatred

Medium Risk


Medium Risk

Suicide and self-harm

Low Risk


Medium Risk

41% of parents reported seeing violence and hatred on Twitter. 40% reported sexual content.

41% of young people reported seeing violence and hatred on Twitter. 33% reported bullying.

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