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Overview of Key Cybersafety Features

Overview of features on all sites

The overview tables below provide a quick summary of the key cybersafety features of all sites included in the Easy Guide.

Click on the buttons below to view tables for:

  • social networking sites
  • search engines
  • online games

For more detailed information on a particular site, you can also click on the site name within the tables.

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Social networking sites overview table

This table provides an overview of the key cybersafety features of selected social networking sites, including:

  • Any age limits that are required to use the site
  • Whether the site has default privacy settings for under 18s
  • Whether the privacy settings can be adjusted
  • If it's possible to report cyberbullying or abuse to the site
  • If there are any ways to spend money on the site
Are there any age limits for this site?
Any default privacy settings for U18s?
Are the privacy settings adjustable?
Are there tools for reporting abuse?
Are there ways to spend money on the site?
Bebo 13+ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Club Penguin

Intended for
6+

Yes Yes Yes Yes
Facebook 13+ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flickr 13+ Yes Yes Yes
Formspring 13+ Yes Yes
Google+ 13+ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Instagram

Intended for
13+

Yes Yes
Keek 13+ Yes Yes
Miiverse Anyone Yes Yes Yes
Kik Anyone Yes
Moshi Monsters

Intended for
6+

Yes Yes Yes
Myspace 13+ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pinterest

Intended for
13+

Yes Yes
Second Life 16+ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Skype Anyone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Snapchat

Intended for
13+

Yes Yes
Tumblr

13+

Yes Yes Yes
Twitter

Intended for
13+

Yes Yes
Yahoo!7 Messenger Anyone Yes Yes
YouTube 13+ Yes Yes Yes

Search engines overview table

This table provides an overview of the key cybersafety features of selected search engines, including:

  • Any age limits that are required to use the site
  • Whether the privacy settings can be adjusted
  • If it's possible to report cyberbullying or abuse to the site
  • If the site has a safe search function
  • If there are any ways to spend money on the site
Are there any age limits for this site?
Are the privacy settings adjustable?
Are there tools for reporting abuse?
Are there any safe search options?
Are there ways to spend money on the site?
Bing Anyone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Google Anyone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Yahoo!7 Anyone Yes Yes Yes Yes

Online games overview table

This table provides an overview of the key cybersafety features of selected online games, including:

  • Any age limits that are required to use the site
  • Whether the site has default privacy settings for under 18s
  • Whether the privacy settings can be adjusted
  • If it's possible to report cyberbullying or abuse to the site
  • If there are any ways to spend money on the site

Are there any age limits for this site?

Any default privacy settings for U18s?
Are the privacy settings adjustable?
Are there tools for reporting abuse?
Are there ways to spend money on the site?
Club Penguin

Intended for
6+

Yes Yes Yes Yes
Minecraft Anyone Yes
Miniclip Anyone Yes Yes
Moshi Monsters

Intended for
6+

Yes Yes Yes
Nintendo 3DS Anyone Yes Yes
Nintendo DS Anyone
Nintendo DSi Anyone Yes Yes
PlayStation Anyone Yes Yes Yes
Second Life 16+ Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stardoll Anyone Yes Yes Yes Yes
Steam

Intended for
13+

Yes Yes Yes
Wii Anyone Yes Yes
Wii U Anyone Yes Yes
Xbox LIVE Anyone Yes Yes Yes Yes
World of Warcraft Anyone Yes Yes Yes