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BBC Own It App

BBC Own It App

BBC launches digital wellbeing ‘Own It’ app for children

The BBC has created a “wellbeing” smartphone app called ‘Own It’, available through app stores, aimed at supporting children and young people to interact safely and responsibly with friends and family online and through messaging apps. Anyone can use the app, but it’s designed for children aged 8-13 who’ve got their first smartphone. The advice and tips offered could be helpful to any young person.

The app enables users to install a special software keyboard which monitors the tone of the words being typed and language used. The app evaluates children’s moods so it can offer advice, encourage them to talk to trusted adults, or prompt them to think again if they are about to share sensitive data or send an upsetting message. The app is not a monitoring or reporting system and does not report to parents about children’s activity, however it is designed to enable children to develop resilience online and offers targeted help and support when necessary. The ‘Own It’ app also has its own content to help children manage the amount of time they spend looking at their screen and shares advice about responsible online behaviours.

BBC Newsround has produced a videoposter and guide for children.

Further information and advice on how to keep you your child safe online can be found at; http://www.hendalprimary.org.uk/school-life-year-groups/curriculum/computing/online-safety/