Social media, apps and gaming: quick guide for parents

Find advice to help you keep your child safe online.

Refer to the A to Z Glossary of internet and social media terms from BBC WebWise.

Social media and app guides

These are really useful guides to some of the most common apps available and highlight those that might create risky situations for children. Includes a list of appropriate apps for children based on age. The pages are constantly updated!

See guides from Internet Matters:

Protecting your child's online reputation

Watch the BBC Share Take Care videos to help you and your child protect their online reputation.

Understanding your child's online relationships

The Anti-bullying Alliance and Sex Education Forum have produced a short guide for parents/carers to help you talk with you children about how to be in control and safely enjoy online relationships.

How to set parental controls for your broadband service 

The UK Safer Internet Centre has made videos from the 4 main internet service providers about how to set up filters on your broadband service:

Gaming: video games and entertainment age-rated classifications

The Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) age rating system provides guidance to parents/carers about entertainment using age and content descriptors. The system for video games rated PEGI 12, 16 and 18 in the UK is administered by the Games Rating Authority (GRA).  These ratings are mandatory and enforceable under UK law and cannot be sold or hired to persons below the respective age restrictions. 

The Game Rating Authority website has detailed information about the amount and type of violence, bad language, sex, etc. in a video game.