BBC is to launch new phone app to help young children deal with cyberbullying

Mail Online | 9/17/2019 | Daily Mail Reporter
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A phone app to help young children deal with cyberbullying will warn them if they are about to send unwise messages – and suggest they head outside to play if they have been online too long.

The BBC's Own It app, backed by Prince William's Cyberbullying Taskforce, aims to guide youngsters with their first phone through social media.

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It will log how much time they spend on sites such as Instagram and Facebook, and may suggest they 'go and knock about with your friends in the park' instead.

It will also raise an alert if they are about to give out their details.

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The Duke of Cambridge praised the new BBC app which aims to support young people navigating the online world.

Prince William described the initiative as 'fantastic' as the broadcaster launched its BBC Own It app.

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It features a special keyboard and combines machine-learning technology with the ability to keep a diary of a youngster's emotions to allow them to record how they are feeling and why.

In response, the app can offer help and support, giving advice if their behaviour strays outside safe and sensible norms.

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The duke said: 'It is fantastic the BBC has launched an app which will provide support to young...
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