Social Media Guides

These guides on the following social media sites are available for download and can help professionals working with parents or those that want to improve their understanding of some of the common social media apps that young people are using. 

These guides aim to answer the following questions and cover;

  • What does the app do?
  • What are the age restrictions?
  • What are the risks or concerns?
  • How should I talk to a young person about this?
  • Privacy settings 
  • Blocking and reporting 

What guides do we have?

ooVoo is a video chat app. It lets you make video calls, voice calls and send texts to friends and family. To register with the site, you can set up an account with ooVoo or sign up using an existing Facebook account...

Kik Messenger users can create groups and send each other unlimited text, image, video and sketch (drawing) messages. The app also has an inbuilt web browser where users can search the internet, Youtube and other sites...

YouNow is a live streaming service which allows users to broadcast live video feeds to an online audience. YouNow broadcasts have two main features: a window where the broadcaster’s live video is displayed and a chat window allows real time conversation...

Yellow allows users to 'search' for people in their area by using a device's geo-location. Users are encouraged to share their Snapchat usernames and become 'friends' on the app...

WhatsApp's minimum age of use is 16 years old. By using WhatsApp, a user agrees to provide certain personal information such as their mobile phone number, billing and mobile device information...

Omegle is a free social networking website in which users are connected with other unknown users at random in order to chat via video, text or audio. This is known as a ‘virtual chatroom’...

Instagram is for sharing visual content with added comments,which might use hashtags (#). A user can ‘like’someone else’s picture or video by clicking on the ‘heart’ icon, and can add their own comments about it...

YouTube's revenue comes from advertising and so, predominantly, it is free to use. There is no cost to register or to upload videos and the majority of the videos are free to view...

All guides can be downloaded from this page or found on our Thinkuknow parents site.