TikTok and YouTube
Minimum age 13
Tik Tok is an app that is used to create short dance, lip-sync and talent videos to share. YouTube is a video sharing website that allows users to share, view and upload videos.
Both platforms contain content which is unsuitable for children to see and which can cause distress if accidently watched.
If your child is using a Tik Tok account or a YouTube channel, it is important to be aware of what they post and who can view it; remember that personal information may be visible in the background. We strongly recommend that primary children do not have an account as it is very difficult to keep ownership or control of a video once it has been posted on the internet.
Similar to other social media platforms, both Tik Tok and YouTube have a messaging function where users can send each other messages and videos.
Minimum Age 16
WhatsApp is an instant messaging app which lets you send messages, images and videos in one to one and group chats.WhatsApp also contains a group chat function. Group conversations usually take place between friends, but users can be added to a group where they don’t know everyone else. Therefore, it’s possible children could see or be contacted by someone they don’t know and could be vulnerable to content posted by this person.
Once photos, videos or messages are shared, they can be copied, re-shared and posted anywhere online.
WhatsApp shows other users your location.
WhatsApp is a common platform for online bullying and unkind messages.
PEGI Age - 12+
Roblox is a gaming platform where you can create your own games or play games that other users have made. There is also the option to chat to other players.
The PEGI’s rating is 12+ due to ‘Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence’
Children can communicate and play with adults on the platform; all games are multiplayer and include a written chat feature, which is visible to players within each individual game.
Users can make and receive friend requests during gameplay and this means that they can chat to each other outside of the game.
Because content is user-generated, it can mean that some games might not be appropriate for children e.g. some of the games feature weapons and blood.
The game shows links to other apps, such as Granny, which are not appropriate for children.
PEGI Age - 12
Fortnite is a free online game, where users play against people of different ages from across the world and can talk and interact with each other as they play through the in-game chat feature.
Fortnite has a PEGI rating of 12 due to ‘frequent scenes of mild violence'.You have to create an account using a password and verified email address but you are not asked your age in order to create an account.
You play against players of different ages from across the world and you cannot turn the in game chats off or choose who you play against.
Fortnite features violence when players are in combat with each other.
Grand Theft Auto
PEGI Age - 18+
Grand Theft Auto is an open world crime game that follows the story of different criminals.
In the UK and Europe, PEGI rates Grand Theft Auto V 18+ for “extreme violence; multiple, motiveless killing; violence towards defenceless people; and strong language”.
This game is wholly inappropriate for children. It is aimed squarely at adults, and as such, it tries to be as extreme, and at times shocking as it can be.