In this section we will try and explain what social media is, we will look at some of the common forms of social media,  how it is being used and what we can do to make it safer.
What is Social Media?
Social media is a very broad term used to cover a large range of websites, the common link between them is that users are able to create and share content, interact with the website and other users.

social media – noun: social media; plural noun: social media
websites and applications that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.

  • Once something goes viral you can’t stop it!
  • 37% Of Employers use Facebook to Pre-Screen Applicants before inviting them to interview.
  • What is written on social media may be seen by more than the intended audience.
Minimum Age Limits:
Many social networking platforms – especially Facebook – have minimum age limits (for Facebook, for example, it’s 13) and built-in child protection features which are only activated for children aged 13-16. If the child claims they are, say, 21, these features are switched off. It is crucial that children do not lie about their age. Under these child protection features, harassment and bullying reports go to the top of the queue for 13 to 16-year-olds and material is more likely to be deleted by Facebook. Also, uninitiated contact by an adult who has no friends in common or other connections to a child will be automatically flagged by Facebook, and all chat, posts and messages will be monitored for an unspecified period
-possibly up to six months. If there’s anything of concern it will get forwarded by Facebook to law enforcement. However, this only happens if the child is between 13 and 16 and has provided their correct age.


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Facebook is a popular free social networking site that allows users to create profiles, upload photos and video, send messages and keep in touch with friends and family. It’s important to keep your profile information secure and private,
Read Facebook’s Rules
Facebook Privay Settings
Report to Facebook
Facebook Safety Centre
Thinkuknow Parents and Carers Guide to Facebook

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Twitter is a free micro-blogging site that allows registered users to broadcast short posts called ‘tweets’. Twitter users can broadcast tweets to other users, comment and ‘retweet’ (share) others tweets, as well as follow friends, celebrities or companies they are interested in.
Read Twitter’s rules
Reporting to Twitter
Twitter settings

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Snapchat is a popular mobile app that allows you to send pictures and videos that automatically delete after a desired time. Profiles can be public or hidden.

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For more information about Snapchat and staying safe visit the SnapChat Safety Center
Thinkuknow Parents and Carers Guide to Snapchat


Instagram is a mobile application for sharing and editing photos or short videos. It also allows people to post stories, which is a lot like Snapchat where they only last for an allocated time before disappearing.
Read Instagram’s rules 
Report to Instagram
Instagram Safety Centre
Thinkuknow Parents and Carers Guide to Instagram

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Tumblr is a free blogging website that allows users to post pictures, videos, music and much more. It is one of the most popular blogging sites worldwide and over 60% of 13-19 year olds say it is their favourite social media platform.

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Yubo – Formly Yellow:

Yubo is a mobile dating app which links to your Instagram and Whatsapp accounts. It uses your location and shows you who is nearby or shares similar interests with you, if both users show interest in one another – through swiping right – they are matched and can begin chatting through the app.

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Read YouTube’s rules
Report to YouTube
YouTube Safety Centre
Thinkuknow Parents and Carers Guide to YouTube


TikTok is a social media app that lets you create, share and watch videos posted from other users on the platform. These videos are often around 8-15 seconds in length and can range from being funny to serious in nature. There are approximately 500 million TikTok users across the world. TikTok requires users to be at least 13 years of age.

TikTok Community Guidelines

TickTok Safety centre

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We advise not to use:

  • Chat Roulette
  • Omegle
  • oovoo
  • younow