GUIDE TO ONLINE SERVICES

The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) guide to online services 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.
 
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***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 have 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 will be trying to reflect these changes throughout the BIK Guide to Online Services as soon as information becomes available, you are advised to check with the service provider in question to see how these changes impact in your own country. Additionally, for any services which you (or your children) are already subscribed to, you will have possibly receive an update email or notification of the changes direct from the service provider, sometimes even asking you to take further actions (such as to give parental consent for continued use in the case of minors).

WeChat

WeChat is a messaging app which allows user to send and receive texts, voice messages and video messages.

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WhatsApp

A cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows users to exchange messages without having to pay an SMS charge.

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Whisper

Described as a social ‘confessional' app. Whispers can be searched by location, topic, popularity and time posted.

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Wire

A modern, private communications tool offering free text, voice, video, pictures and more.

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Yo

Yo is a very simple communication tool, available on iOS, Android and Windows Phone operating systems.

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YouNow

YouNow is a live streaming app which is very popular with young people.

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YouTube

YouTube is a video-sharing social network which is owned by Google. Users can upload, view and share videos.

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YouTube Kids

A YouTube app specifically designed for younger kids

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Yubo (formerly Yellow)

Yubo is a chat app launched by Twelve App, aiming to provide the opportunity to start chatting with new users.

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Zipit

Created by Childline in the UK, Zipit aims to help teenagers deal with difficult sexting and flirting situations.

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