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Useful Websites Social Media Guide for Parents for the main sites such as WhatsApp, TikTok and Instagram.

A Parent’s Guide to Instagram

Parent Guide For Instagram

To be eligible to sign up for Instagram, you must be at least 13 years old.
We know parents and guardians often think about what their teens are doing online and how they can help their teens navigate social media safely, which is why we created “A Parent’s Guide to Instagram.” This guide was created in partnership with safety, youth and parenting organizations and experts around the world.
It focuses on how to manage privacy, interactions, time and security on Instagram. It also explains the basics of our app and a description of our tools. There is also a discussion guide for how parents and guardians can have an open conversation with their teens about Instagram.

A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat

To be eligible to sign up for Snapchat, you must be at least 13 years old.

Snapchat is all about fun and spontaneity. By default, the text, photos and videos you share delete automatically after being viewed by the recipient. Users love that they can share a moment that’s digital footprint-free — they don’t have to think about how their photos, videos or comments make them look to some unknown audience in the future. Snapchat is “in the moment” – not so much about taking pictures to look at later in life (though you can do that) but letting people experience them right now and then move on.

However, as we’ll show you below, there are ways to save what you share. So no one should develop a false sense of security.

A Parent’s Guide to Facebook

To be eligible to sign up for Facebook, you must be at least 13 years old.

Facebook is a social network that is popular globally with over a billion users. It has a range of safety features and advice, including advice about how to deal with concerns and how to protect your privacy.

Young people use Facebook to connect with friends or family, to see and share updates and posts, and to follow brands, celebrities and influencers they like.

A Parent’s Guide to Twitter

To be eligible to sign up for Facebook, you must be at least 13 years old.

Twitter is a social media platform that allows users to communicate in short messages called tweets. Many people use Twitter for news, as well as to follow their friends, favourite celebrities or brands.

A Parents Guide to TicTok

To be eligible to sign up for Facebook, you must be at least 13 years old. 

TikTok is a social media platform that allows users to express themselves through dancing, lip-synching, comedy sketches, makeup tutorials, and by telling stories about their lives in short videos that can be shared with others in the TikTok community. Videos are between 15 seconds and three minutes long. There are also a range of TikTok Influencers who create videos which get viewed millions of times.

Additional General Information

Below are some other useful websites for Parents to find advice and help on all areas of Internet Safety for children:


provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online


offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support

Internet matters 

provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world

London Grid for Learning 

has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online
Act Early  has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
UK Safer Internet Centre  has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services