Guide to apps

 

Our guide to apps aims to provide key information about some of the most popular apps, social networking sites and other platforms which are commonly being used by children and young people (and adults) today.

***Important notice***

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect across the European Union on Friday, 25 May 2018. Designed to harmonise privacy laws across Europe, the GDPR refines the transparency rules for how companies describe their data processing. Article 8 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) contains specific requirements regarding consent for the processing of personal data of children. The general rule provides for a parental consent requirement for all youth under 16 years of age in situations where information society services are offered directly to them, and consent is the legitimation ground that is relied upon. However, Member States may choose to deviate and decide to lower the age threshold to 15, 14, or 13 years - read more on mapping of the age of consent across the EU here. As a result of the GDPR, many providers of apps and platforms made changes to their terms and conditions to comply with the new rules, both generally (for all users) and specifically for younger users. While we aimto reflect these changes throughout this guide, you are advised to check with the service provider in question for applicable conditions in your own country.

4chan logo
photo, video and livestreaming

4chan

An English-language image-board website.

Prime video logo
music and entertainment

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video is the streaming-video component of Amazon Prime

Angry Birds logo
gaming, games and puzzles

Angry Birds

A gaming app in which the player basically needs to help birds survive throughout the game.

ASKfm logo
social networking

ASKfm

An anonymous social networking site which is built on a question and answer format.

Bigo Live logo
photo, video and livestreaming

Bigo Live

A free livestreaming and vlogging app, with in-app payments for higher ranking and much (sexually) suggestive content.

Bumble logo
dating and relationships

Bumble

A social network which aims to empower users while making connections.

Candy Crush Saga logo
gaming, games and puzzles

Candy Crush Saga

A gaming app where users have to switch and match their way through hundreds of levels in Candy Kingdom.

Chatroulette logo
photo, video and livestreaming

Chatroulette

A website allowing users to video chat with strangers.

Deezer logo
music and entertainment

Deezer

A music streaming app where users can get access to songs, music playlists, artists and radio channels.

Discord logo
gaming, games and puzzles

Discord

A cross-platform chat app dedicated to gamers.

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