Online Safety


BBC Own It app

The BBC has recently launched a FREE digital wellbeing smartphone app called Own It aimed at children and young people. It monitors how young people interact with friends and family online and through messaging apps. It uses AI to evaluate a child's mood so it can offer advice or encourage them to talk to trusted adults.

The app is built around a special software keyboard that pops up when kids type messages and monitors the tone of the words being typed and language used. The Own It app also has its own content that aims to help children manage the amount of time they spend looking at their screen and passes on other advice about responsible online interaction.

Alice Webb, director of BBC Children's, said the app would act as a "helping hand" to guide children into developing good habits when using their first phone and avoid some of the potential pitfalls of digital life.

I’ve been using the app myself since the end of September and I am very impressed – one to flag with parents. Available on Android and iOS.

If you’ve not already seen it, it’s also worth checking out the BBC Own It website, too…