Social Media

What Parents Need to Know About Persuasive Design

  • Published 7th October 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on persuasive design. Social media can be really addictive, and sites want to keep users on their platforms for as long as possible. The guide takes a look at how to tackle potential risks such as online addiction.

What Parents Need to Know About Video Streaming Apps & Sites

  • Published 22nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on the Streaming. Streaming is the latest step in a journey that’s taken us all the way from records and cassettes to CDs and DVDs and, more recently, to downloads. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online scams, online addiction and inappropriate content.

What Parents Need to Know About Music Streaming Apps & Sites

  • Published 16th September 2020

A free online safety guide on Music Streaming Apps & Sites, which allow people to listen to music on their devices, as well as giving users access to millions of songs and artists from around the world.

What Parents Need to Know About Online Content: 10 Tips to Keep Your Children Safe Online

  • Published 16th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on online content: 10 tips to keep your children safe online. The internet has transformed the ability to access content. Many apps that children use are dependent on user-generated content which can encourage freedom of expression, imagination and creativity. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as age inappropriate content, privacy issues and mental health.

What Parents Need to Know About Friends & Followers

  • Published 10th September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on ‘friends & followers’. What makes social media actually ‘social’ are the connections users make with other users on the platforms. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online bullying, catfishing and access to private information.

What Parents Need to Know About Triller

  • Published 2nd September 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Triller. Triller is a social media video sharing app. Unlike TikTok and many other video sharing apps, Triller focuses more on making creative music videos. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mature content, cyberbullying and unauthorised sharing of your child’s video.

What Parents Need to Know About Instagram

  • Published 19th August 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Instagram. Instagram is a hugely popular social networking app with over 1 billion users worldwide. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as exposing your child’s location, in-app purchases and poor mental wellbeing.

What Parents Need to Know About Facebook Messenger

  • Published 27th May 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Facebook Messenger. Facebook Messenger is a communication and chat application which is part of the wider Facebook platform and has been a standalone app on mobile devices since 2011. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as cyberbullying, screen addiction and secret conversations.

What Parents Need to Know About Facebook

  • Published 29th January 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Facebook. Facebook is an online social media platform that has over 2 billion users across the globe. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as the addictive nature of Facebook, cyberbullying and the impact social media can have on your child’s future.

What Parents Need to Know About TikTok

  • Published 8th January 2020

This week's free online safety guide focuses on TikTok. TikTok is a video-sharing social media app available on iOS and Android which lets users create, share, and view user created videos in a similar manner to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online predators, the addictive nature of TikTok and age-inappropriate content.

12 Social Media Safety Tips

  • Published 4th December 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on 12 social media online safety tips for children with new devices. With Christmas only a few weeks away, many of you will be using social media to share your excitement with friends and family. The guide takes a look at a number of tips on social media such as don’t accept friend requests from strangers, block online bullies and to never share your personal information with people you don’t know.

Sadfishing Online Safety Guide

  • Published 23rd October 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Sadfishing. ‘Sadfishing’ is described as a behavioural trend where people make exaggerated claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy and attention. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as oversharing, cyberbullying and online grooming.

YouTube Kids Online Safety Guide

  • Published 25th September 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on YouTube Kids. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as targeted advertising, viewing time and inappropriate videos.

Social Pressures Linked to ‘Social Media Influencers’ Online Safety Guide

  • Published 11th September 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Pressures linked to 'Social Media Influencers'. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as body image, bad habits and unrealistic role models.

Social Pressures Linked To ‘Friends and Followers’ Online Safety Guide

  • Published 4th September 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Pressures linked to 'Friends and Followers.' The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as fake friends, friend envy and being followed by strangers.

Social Pressures Linked To ‘Likes’ Online Safety Guide

  • Published 28th August 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Pressures linked to 'Likes'. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as self-esteem damage, addiction and competitiveness.

FaceApp Online Safety Guide for Trusted Adults

  • Published 24th July 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on FaceApp. FaceApp, an app by Wireless Lab which uses uploaded images of someone’s face, and allows them to add a variety of filters making themselves look older, younger, appear with different hair colour and so on. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online crime, access and copycat apps.

Telegram Online Safety Guide

  • Published 3rd July 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Telegram. Telegram is a free messaging service which is very similar to WhatsApp. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as secret chats, hacking and access to illegal content.

Social Media & Mental Health; the positive and negative impacts Online Safety Guide

  • Published 26th June 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Media & Mental Health; the positive and negative impacts. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mental wellbeing, addiction and cyberbullying.

What Parents Need to Know About Likee

  • Published 5th June 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on LIKEE. LIKEE is a popular video creation and editing app. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, cyberbullying and inappropriate content.

YOLO Online Safety Guide for Parents & Carers

  • Published 29th May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on YOLO. YOLO is an anonymous question and answer app that works in combination with Snapchat. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as anonymity, cyberbullying and age verification.

Snapchat Online Safety Guide

  • Published 29th May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Snapchat. Snapchat is a photo sharing app for mobile phones and tablets. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as location privacy, sexting and addictive features.

Social Media & Mental Health Online Safety Guide for Trusted Adults

  • Published 15th May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Social Media & Mental Health and the impacts social media has on the mental health of children and young people. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mental wellbeing, anxiety and modern pressures.

Discord Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 8th May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Discord. Discord is the most popular communication tool for gamers. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as inappropriate content, sexual imagery and cyberbullying.

Tumblr Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 1st May 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Tumblr. Tumblr is a popular social media platform and microblogging site with over 463 million blogs on its platform. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as adult content, oversharing and fake news.

YouTube Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 10th April 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on YouTube. YouTube is a popular video streaming service. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as cyberbullying, inappropriate content and privacy.

Online Challenges Guide for Parents

  • Published 3rd April 2019

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Online Challenges. Online Challenges are a constantly emerging and evolving trend. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as mental wellbeing, physical harm and injury.

Twitter Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 19th December 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Twitter. Twitter is a social networking site where users can post ‘tweets’ or short messages, photos and videos publicly. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as trolls, fake news and propaganda.

Kik Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 12th December 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Kik. Kik is a free messaging app used by 300 million people worldwide that lets users exchange messages, photos, videos, GIFs and webpages via a Wi-Fi connection or data plan. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, sexting and fake profiles.

Twitch Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 28th November 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Twitch. Twitch is a gaming-focussed live-streaming service, owned by Amazon, where you can watch others play games live and listen to commentary as they play. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as violent games, unwanted contact and adult content.

LiveMe Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 21st November 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on LiveMe. LiveMe is a streaming video app that lets you watch live streams and broadcast your own live videos to anyone interested. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, cyberbullying and privacy & security.

Reddit Online Safety Guide

  • Published 26th September 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Reddit. Reddit is a site that blends the idea of a social network with news, discussion forums and various other media. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as fake news, trolling and talking with strangers.

WhatsApp Online Safety Guide for Parents

  • Published 12th September 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on WhatsApp. WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, with more than 1.5 billion people in more than 180 countries using it to send and receive texts, photos, videos and documents, as well as make voice and video calls through an Internet or Wi-Fi connection. This guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as bullying, connecting with strangers and scams.

Yubo Online Safety Guide

  • Published 2nd May 2018

This week's free online safety guide focuses on Yubo. Yubo is a location-based social networking app which used to be called 'Yellow', and has been dubbed ‘Tinder for teens’ in the media due to its similarities with adult dating app, in which users swipe to find matches. The guide takes a look at how to tackle a range of potential risks such as online grooming, privacy & security and bullying .

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