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Social media, gaming and apps

There were 2.8 billion app downloads in 2020 which illustrates just how integral they have become in our day to day lives.

What you need to know

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.

In the Know

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

The complexity of being a digital citizen

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.

The impact of social media on self esteem and how to help

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.


Parent and carer workshop materials

Materials for a school to run a parent and carer workshop around social media gaming and your child.


Learning and teaching resources

Further information