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Yubo

Yubo (previously called Yellow) is a free social network that lets you connect and chat to new people. Users can swipe right on someone else’s profile to ‘like’ them, and swipe left to pass on to see other people’s profiles. You can direct message, video chat and livestream.

13+

Official age rating

8+

Child age rating

What do children say?

At a glance

Kids use this to...

Play

Create

Learn

Connect

Expert view of the risks...

Sexual

High Risk

Violence & hatred

High Risk

Bullying

Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Medium Risk

O2 Guru top tip

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Show your child how to report or block other users if they see anything inappropriate. Remind them they can talk to you about anything online.

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Safeguarding tips

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.

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.

Yubo has a section of their website dedicated to the safety tools they offer Take the time to read these and discuss them with your child.

Yubo also has information on how parents can report concerning content relating to their child.

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

Yubo has specific guidance on how to block and report

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

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 Yubo? 

  • People do and say things that are inappropriate 
  • You don’t know if people are who they say they are 
  • Being contacted by random people 

 

I don't like how emojis are used in profiles because some of them have hidden meanings - like for drugs or wanting to be sent photos etc.

Girl, 17

What do children and young people like about Yubo? 

  • It’s a fun way of meeting new people 

You can chat with people near you and make new friends, but I don’t like the amount of fake profiles.

Boy, 14

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Parents

We’re currently asking parents what they think about Yubo. Come back soon to check out their views. 

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