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 safer social media platform that young children can use.
GoBubble 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.
“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 safer, healthier and kinder alternative.”
GoBubble is safer because it is child-centered and has the GoBubbleWrap innovative moderation tool that checks all content before it appears - saving teachers valuable time. You can get started in seconds, with a school just having to provide teachers, children or parents with a single code to be able to sign up. The system also builds up the school automatically, saving valuable time.
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.
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."
Schools are already using the platform to help children collaborate on school projects, learn about new cultures, develop pen pals, teach children about safer 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 an "at-home" app called GoBubbleKids - like WhatsApp for kids - that's now available in iOS and Android stores.