How do I know BBC accounts are safe for my children?
We’ve got various safeguards in place to keep children safe. For instance, anyone under 13 who registers with the BBC only provides a username (which shouldn’t be their real name) and their date of birth.
You control what your child can do
People under 13 can’t access certain features without permission from a parent or guardian.
If they try to post a comment on a message board, upload a photo, video or creation they made on a BBC site, or want to use any personalisation features, they’ll have to link their BBC account with the account of their parent or guardian. Here’s how that happens:
1. We’ll ask them to enter the email their parent or guardian uses to sign in to the BBC.
2. We’ll send the parent or guardian an email that lets them choose which features the child is allowed to use.
Child-friendly services and tools
If you’re looking for something child-friendly, here are some good starting points:
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what’s suitable. But here are some tools that may help:
- To stop children accessing Guidance-labelled content, use the BBC Parental Guidance Lock.
- To teach children about staying safe online, try CBBC Stay Safe.
- For advice on how to keep your children safe online visit Internet Matters. On that site is how-to advice to activate parental controls for your devices, gaming consoles, broadband access and entertainment platforms around your home.
A couple of things to bear in mind
1. BBC Children’s services sometimes collect personal information, just like the parts of the BBC that are for grown-ups.
2. If we see a comment on a message board that makes us think a child is in danger, we may pass the comment and other details on to people who can help, like the NSPCC.