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23 June 2014
By Rebecca Avery

New Online Safety Guides for Popular Social Media Apps and Sites from UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre has published new guides to online safety tools for parents/carers regarding popular social networking and other online sites.

The guides are available for Ask.FM, Moshi Monsters, Club Penguin, Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Movie Star Planet, Tumblr, Twitter and YouTube. There are also links to helpful tools about SnapChat, Instagram, WhatsApp and Google Safe Search as well as guides to apply parental controls to 4OD, iPlayer, ITV player and Sky Go.

Most online services offer a range of safety features that can help parents/carers to manage access to age-inappropriate content, report concerns or protect privacy. It is a good idea for parents to think about the sites and services the family uses, and check out which features these sites have that might be helpful. Parents/carers can talk to their children and make sure they know how to use the tools on the sites and services they use.

Schools and other settings should share these links with their families via newsletters, websites and other events.