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Net Aware – Parents Guide

Net Aware is the O2 and NSPCC guide for parents to the most popular sites, apps and games that young people use. We’ve updated the content in April 2018, based on reviews from 2,059 young people and 2,049 parents.


Net Aware provides parents with the information they need to understand their child’s online world and help keep them safe. Using Net Aware, parents can form their own views about whether an app, site or game is appropriate for their children.


We hope Net Aware can help give parents the confidence to have regular and informed conversations about what their children are doing online – just as they would about their day at school.


O2 and the NSPCC worked with YouGov to consult a representative group of 2,049 parents and guardians from across the UK. We asked them to review the most popular sites, apps and games children are using. Each parent was asked to review 1 app, and spend a minimum of 10 minutes exploring certain features of the app before completing the survey. Varying numbers of parents reviewed each site but each site featured on Net Aware received a minimum of 10 reviews.


We were unable to get parents’ feedback for some platforms that received considerable numbers of reviews from children. Due to the popularity of these apps with young people, we felt they should be included in Net Aware. In these cases, the content on Net Aware is based solely on the young people’s responses and we’ve highlighted this on the relevant pages.