What is Roblox?
Roblox has a PEGI rating of 7 in the UK.
What are the risks of Roblox for children and young people?
While Roblox has parental controls, there are still some instances where conduct within the game may be inappropriate to their developmental stage.
The concern is that this form of activity on the platform may normalise inappropriate interactions between other children or with adults on the platform; normalising sexual activity with children is often part of the grooming process.
What is Snapchat?
Snapchat is a social media platform used to share photos, messages, and short videos that can be customised with filters, text, and stickers.
It’s one of the most popular social media platforms and is widely used by young people to send ‘disappearing’ pictures, videos, and messages.
What are the risks of Snapchat for children and young people?
Quote from Lucy, aged 15 “I think snapchat could make their app more safe by monitoring what is sent from person to person as snapchat deletes a message as soon as it’s been seen by the receiver meaning that if someone wanted to report another person they may not have any evidence. I think in general a good idea would be to add links on all of the apps home pages to different anti bullying and safeguarding websites so people can seek advice straight away especially if they are not comfortable asking for help in real life.”
Snap Map and Snapchat Live Location sharing allow users to share their location with friends via the app. These features have the potential to be misused.
For example, a young person could feel pressured to share their location with their Snapchat ‘friends’ but not all contacts on the app are people they know in real life, meaning that could be exposing their location to strangers.
What’s the difference between Snap Map and Live Location?
Snap Map allows users to share their location but Live Location tool gives a more specific location that’s updated live and will run even if the app is closed.
What is Instagram?
Instagram is a photo and video sharing platform from Meta (previously Facebook). It’s one of the most popular online platforms, with over 30 million users in the U.K.
Users can interact with others by commenting and liking on posts, following profiles, private messaging and more.
What are the risks of Instagram for children and young people?
If a profile is set to public, anyone can send a direct message or comment on a user’s posts or reels.
The bio section of every profile is always public, no matter the age of the user. Often young people add their Snapchat username to their bio, creating risk as anyone can view this information and add them.
Users can tag their location on their profile posts and in stories which can then be viewed by followers. This could leave young people open to risks, such as strangers gaining access to their location.
Learn about Instagram’s latest safety updates.
What is TikTok?
What are the risks of TikTok for children and young people?
Quote from Chloe* (not real name), aged 13 “I feel the least safe on TikTok because people can find you through mutual connections or your account will be suggested to people in your contacts. TikTok is also not a secure app and strangers can tag you in videos or comments”
Young people may be tempted into creating and sharing content in a bid to attract likes, followers and status. Social media apps like TikTok are often centred around an aim to become popular and/or have content go viral. A young person may engage in more risky behaviour as a result, including taking part in dangerous TikTok challenges that may result in injury or even death.
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