Social media, gaming and apps
Resources, guidance and information for education practitioners, learners, and families on social media gaming and other apps.
What you need to know
Social media, gaming and apps have become integral in our day to day lives. Using social media, gaming and other apps can be beneficial to children and young people as a way to keep in touch with friends, stay entertained or be informed about the latest news.
While apps have become a user friendly way to communicate and access the internet through different devices, it's essential to know how to use them safely.
It's important to be aware of what sort of content they include and what safety features are available for children and young people to report or block users or content and control their privacy.
App guides for families
Designed and created specifically with parents and carers in mind, this collection of guides equips you with the key information you should know about the most popular social media and gaming apps to help your child navigate their digital journey safely.
View from the experts
Helen King, Director at Praesidio Safeguarding
Helen discusses the complexity for children and young people growing up in a space where digital technology is omnipresent.
Stephanie Hoffman, Head of Social Action at ProMo-Cymru
Stephanie discusses the impact of social media on self-esteem. She highlights a number of calls by young people to the Meic helpline and how they were resolved.
Jim Gamble QPM, Chief Executive Officer of the INEQE Safeguarding Group
Jim talks about the impact that harmful behaviours exhibited by online personalities or influencers can have and provides advice on how to support someone who has been exposed to or is engaging with harmful content.
Keeping your social media experience positive
Sometimes we can feel under pressure to create the best impression of our lives online. Here are some tips to help you keep your social media experience positive.
Spending money while gaming is an area of growing concern, particularly in games aimed at children and young people.
Social media offers the potential to capture the attention of a large audience and people can become overnight celebrities or outright brands, known as ‘influencers’.
Learning and teaching resources
- Internet Matters social media advice hub
- Internet Matters online gaming advice hub
- UK Safer Internet Centre - Social media
- UK Safer Internet Centre - Gaming
- CEOP Education