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App: Houseparty

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: Houseparty is a free video chat app where you can talk to people one-on-one or in groups of up to eight, with people you know and people you might not. You can also play games with the people you’re chatting to.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/houseparty/

 

App: Youtube

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: YouTube lets you watch, create and comment on videos. You can create your own YouTube account, create a music playlist, and even create your own channel, which means you’ll have a public profile. YouTube allows live streaming.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/youtube/

 

 App: Youtube Kids

Official Age Rating: 0+

Description: YouTube Kids has been designed as a child-friendly version of YouTube for 0-12 year olds. It gives parents tools to help tailor what videos their children can watch. YouTube Kids uses a mix of filters, human reviewers and parent feedback to minimise the risk of children seeing something inappropriate or harmful.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/youtube-kids/

 

App: Facebook

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: Facebook is a social media site which lets you connect with others and share things like comments, photos and videos through your own profile page. You can add friends, write on people’s pages and posts, join groups and play games. You can also live broadcast a video to your Facebook contacts.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/facebook--messenger/

 

App: Messenger

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: Messenger is a free chat app that lets you send messages, photos, videos and audio recordings, and play games with your Facebook friends and phone contacts. You need a Facebook account to use Messenger.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/messenger/

 

App: WhatsApp

Official Age Rating: 16+

Description: WhatsApp is an instant messaging app which lets you send messages, images and videos in one-to-one and group chats with your contacts. You can choose to share your live location for up to eight hours with one contact or a group.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/whatsapp/

 

App: Instagram

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: Instagram is a picture and video sharing app. Users can post content on their profile grid or to their stories, which last 24 hours. You can follow your friends, family, celebrities and companies on Instagram. Instagram also has a live streaming feature.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/instagram/

 

App: Viber

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: Viber is a free messaging app that lets you text, call, share photos and send video messages to people. There’s an emphasis on privacy. The app has end-to-end encryption and you can also have Secret Chats; after your message is read it will automatically delete itself from your contact’s phone.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/viber/

 

App: TikTok

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: TikTok is a social media platform that lets you create, share and discover 60 second videos. You can use music and effects to enhance your videos and you can also browse other people’s videos and interact with them.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/tiktok/

 

App: Among Us

Official Age Rating: 7+

Description: Among Us is a game set on a spaceship played with 4-10 other players. Players can choose to join a game with people they don’t know or create their own private game with friends. The game randomly selects one of the players to be an ‘imposter’ who the other players must defeat to win the game. You can play it on mobile and desktop.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/among-us/

 

App: Roblox

Official Age Rating: 7+

Description: Roblox is an online game and app where you can create your own games or play games that other users have made. There’s the option to chat to other players, but you can change this to private or friends only.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/roblox/

 

App: Minecraft

Official Age Rating: 7+

Description: Minecraft is a game that lets you build and create a virtual world using building blocks. Other activities include using the multiplayer function to explore the worlds created by other users and to combat, chat and play with them.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/minecraft/

 

App: Twitch

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: Twitch is a live streaming site popular with gamers that lets you share live gameplay for others to watch and comment on in real time. You can also watch playbacks of games being played and chat to other gamers. You can’t join a live game on Twitch but you can speak to other users who are watching the game in real-time.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/twitch/

 

App: Discord

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: Discord is a voice and text chat app that's popular with gamers. It can be used to talk to other players while playing games. Or you can swap tips and advice with other players in game-specific servers (similar to online forums). Some games, like Fortnite and PUBG, have official verified Discords for fans to talk about the game.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/discord/

 

App: Fortnite: Battle Royale

Official Age Rating: 12+

Description: Fortnite is a popular survival action game where up to 100 live players can fight each other to be the last one standing. The game includes heavy violence but with little blood or gore. You can talk to other players using public, private and voice chat.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/fortnite-battle-royale/

 

App: Mixer

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: Mixer is a video streaming app and website from Microsoft. Users can live stream themselves playing games on their Xbox, computer and mobile, as well as watching other people play. It also lets you chat to other players or join their game.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/mixer/

 

App: imo

Official Age Rating: 4+

Description: imo is a free video, voice and chat app that lets you talk to your contacts one-on-one or in groups. The app also connects you to people you don’t know through turning on your location and connecting with people close by. Because of this feature, we don’t think it’s appropriate for under 18s (This is the advice given by Net Aware who work alongside the NSPCC).

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/imo/

 

App: PlayerUnknown's Battleground (PUBG) Mobile

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: Like Fortnite, PUBG Mobile is a battle royale shooter and fighting game. Teams of up to 4 players battle to be the last one standing. It contains more gore than Fortnite and there might be some inappropriate content in the chat.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/playerunknowns-battleground-pubg-mobile/

 

App: Snapchat

Official Age Rating: 13+

Description: The Snapchat app lets you send photos, short videos or messages to your friends. Pictures and videos, known as 'Snaps', usually appear temporarily before disappearing, though they can be captured via screenshots.

For more information visit: https://www.net-aware.org.uk/networks/snapchat/

 

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