​‘Facebook’ for seven year olds is launched

 

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The age limit on using sites like Facebook may be 13 but that does not stop four out of five primary school kids admitting to using social media at least once a day.* Determined to give parents and teachers the tools to deal with this growing trend, former police sergeant and e-safety guru, Henry Platten took matters into his own hands, developing a safe social media platform that young children can use.

 

GoBubble from eCadets puts an end to unwanted friend requests, dubious content and the potential for cyber-bullying. It allows children to take advantage of the best bits of social media without any of the negative aspects. With GoBubble children can chat online with school friends, share jokes, pictures or videos and learn about different cultures by making new friends of the same age from around the world.

 

“We need to accept that our kids love social media and will use it no matter what the age limit is, so my view is, don’t ban them, just provide them with a safe alternative that has all of the up sides but none of the down sides,” says Henry Platten founder of the multi-award winning eCadets pupil-led online safety education programme. “GoBubble is that safe alternative.”

 

GoBubble is safe because it puts the child’s school at the centre of their social media network. The school signs its pupils up, with parental approval, and children can safely talk to children in their own class, school, or even with children the same age in schools around the world.

 

All posts are automatically moderated through the system’s safety features, ensuring any inappropriate video, images, text, audio or emojis, are removed before going live. There’s also an award-winning live moderation team who review any flagged messages. And it has been awarded a PEGI 3 rating – the safest age rating available from the governing body (Pan European Gaming Information).

 

Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins; who is also the national police lead for social media and digital engagement, who are headline partners in GoBubble, said: "Young people use social media to talk to each other and it's really important they're able to do so in a safe environment.  As a social network, GoBubble is just that, a bubble where children are given all the fun of social media, in complete safety. We look forward to using it to support our education work with under 13s."

 

Schools are already using the platform to help children collaborate on school projects, learn about new cultures, develop pen pals, teach children about safe social media use, and send parents messages via the site.

 

The web version of GoBubble is available free to schools and families. There's also the option of downloading the app version of GoBubble onto their tablet, laptop or mobile device to unlock more functionality and fun for £3.00 per year.

 

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Note to editors:

* Research first posted on BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-35524429 "The Comres survey for Newsround, based on 1,200 young people aged between 10 and 18, found social media to be an important part of everyday life... Among under-13s, 78% were using at least one social media network, despite being below the age requirement."

 

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Comments

By Leah

I think it is a great thing

By Lexi

that is so good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I need to tell my class all about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is sow amazing
COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SO GOOD THE WHOLE SCHOOL IS GOING TO KNOW ABOUT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Lexi

that is so good !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I need to tell my class all about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
this is sow amazing
COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THIS IS GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SO GOOD THE WHOLE SCHOOL IS GOING TO KNOW ABOUT THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Florence

This is so good I'm so happy that I am a  E cadet I love chatting to my Frainds and I don't have to worry because it's safe thank you Henry

By sam

how do you write a blog?

By Jodie

We are hoping to get our school signed up. Our problem is working computers!! 


By Faith

I love this! It is so good you can text your friends whilst being safe being an ecadet is a real eye opener for me there are so many things I didn't know about social media but now do.I thought I would never be able to speak to friends online apart from on text and this app has allowed me to chat with friends safely.I would definitely recommend this to any child as it is such a safe way to chat.

By Lexi

I am going to tell everybody in my school

By Florence

I am going to tell my school

By Florence

Wow this is so cool

By Alex

Really enjoyed it well done.

By Rashika

This is great because instead of children looking at their parents on Facebook they can have their own.

By Elliott

I am going to ask my teacher if she can sign up my school.

By Elliott

I need to tell my school about this!                  :-) 

By Louisa

By Junior

really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Finley

How would it be useful though? ;

By Finley

That would be quite good!

By Ryan

this is really going to help kids

By Ryan

This is going to be very useful to children ☺☺☺☺

By Jodie

Brilliant. We are hoping that the whole school can be added :)

By Liberty

That's a great idea and would help us have even more fun online and keep safe at the same time

By louise

this would actually be pretty useful!

By Clare

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By Lucy

What a great idea

By Ella - Sophia

wow this will be useful

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