The NCA’s CEOP Command is here to help children and young people. We are here to help if you are a young person and you or your friend (up to age 18) has been forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity with anyone online, or in the real world. We also have advice and links to support for other online problems young people might face, such as cyberbullying and hacking. Visit our Safety Centre for advice and to report directly to CEOP, by clicking on the Click CEOP button.
Social Media sites parents should be aware of. Monitor your child's online activity- stay vigilant, stay safe!
Instagram is a picture and video sharing app. Users can post content and use hashtags to share experiences, thoughts or memories with an online community. You can follow your friends, family, celebrities and even companies on Instagram.
Facebook is a social network, which lets you create a page about yourself. You can add friends, share pictures and videos, write on people’s pages, send instant messages and join online groups.
Snapchat is an app that lets you send a photo or short video to your friends. The ‘snap’ appears on screen for a matter of seconds before disappearing. There’s also a feature called Snapchat Story that lets you share lots of snaps in a sequence for up to 24 hours.
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Minecraft is a game that lets you build and create a virtual world using building blocks. Other activities include using the multiplayer function to explore the worlds created by other users and to combat, chat and play with them.
What do children and young people say to look out for:
35% of the children and young people we asked think Minecraft can be risky.
The top 3 concerns were:
strangers talking to you
Why kids like it:
The top 3 reasons why children and young people liked Minecraft were:
YouTube is a place to watch, create and share videos. Videos can include things like music, animation, online blogs and clips from TV shows. You can create your own YouTube account, create a music playlist, and even create your own channel, which means you will have a public profile, and it allows you to comment on videos and create video playlists.
musical.ly is a video community that allows you to create, share, and discover short videos.
- Shoot, save and share short videos up to 15 seconds long.
- Edit videos with creative effects and filters, such as slow motion, time lapse, and hyper speed.
- Discover exciting new music and artists.
- Record and upload your own original audio tracks for others to use.
- Collaborate with friends and people from around the world with the unique duet function.
- Share videos directly to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, and other social media networks.
- Save videos privately so only you can see them.
- Use hands free recording to record themselves when no one’s around to help.
ooVoo is a video chat app. It lets you make video calls, voice calls and send texts to friends and family. You can also start a group video chat with up to 12 people. Privacy settings let you decide if you want to just talk to your friends or with people you don’t know.
Meow Chat is a social network that allows you to have chats with strangers in a public chat room, with the option to then move into a private conversation, or to chat with other people based on their location.
The children and young people we asked thought Meow Chat was risky. The top concern was:
talking to strangers.
Why kids like it:
The top reason why children and young people liked Meow Chat was:
you can meet strangers.
Secret is a social networking app where you can post content anonymously. You can also comment on a friend’s post anonymously as you’re given a new profile picture for each conversation. When a friend likes your post it gets shared with their friends and this continues to be shared with other people.