Getting their first phone is an exciting time for kids, but it can be a worrying time for parents. The BBC Own It app can help kids enjoy the internet and connect with friends much more safely.
Guidance and support during online chat - the special keyboard can be used like any other, but it also offers advice to children as they type and intervenes to support your child. The information and guidance can help your child with their fears and emotions around a wide variety of subjects.
Wellbeing – Encourage your child to keep a diary this Christmas. Writing down how you feel has proven benefits. The app has an easy to use diary feature and mood tracker that helps kids express themselves in a fun way and to manage their emotions.
Connecting with others – It’s been a tough year – so stay connected with the Own It app. The keyboard is packed full of gifs, emojis and conversation suggestions to help your child express themselves or even to swerve the chat.
Entertainment – there’s loads of seasonal cheer and fun stuff for kids to enjoy including quizzes and videos – which will also help them make the best decisions in their online life.
Privacy - Everything that your child types is kept completely private, and never leaves the Own It app.
Information for children –
When you're chatting online, do you know what information you can share? Own It gives you advice in real-time when you need it the most. And that means you can stay chilled and in control!
This special keyboard can be used like any other keyboard - to type messages to mates, post stuff or search online - and the clever bit happens while you're typing. The Own It keyboard uses technology to check what you're saying as you write. If you're feeling bad or sad, sharing personal information or maybe even being a little bit unkind without meaning too, the keyboard gives you a helping hand exactly when you need it. Oh and it’s full of emojis and GIFs too!
You can even use the Own It app like a diary, by adding notes and tracking your emotions. The app will tell you when you’re winning at life - and offer you help and guidance when things aren't going so well! No matter how you're feeling, the Own It app is there with videos, quizzes and more!
The Own It app also has a dashboard feature that gives you personalized reports about how you’ve been feeling over time and a summary of your online activity. All geared to improving your wellbeing!
So how is the Own It app and keyboard personal to you? Everything you type is kept completely private, and never leaves the Own It app on your phone. The keyboard doesn’t share anything you type with other people. That means you can use the keyboard, add notes and share your emotions without worrying about who might see.
So get the supercharged custom keyboard that responds to what you are typing right at that moment. Remember, this works wherever you are typing on your device – it even works in search engines.
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Ratings and Reviews
The own it app is a brilliant app and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for an app where you can get tips, advice and videos about online safety, online happiness and many more.
There is also a feature where you can note down how you are feeling, this often helps me to get my emotions outside of my head. The keyboard is also a fantastic way to help you think before you type. The reason that I haven’t rated the app 5 stars is because in the past 2 days it keeps throwing me off the app.
Team Own It, please can you fix this. Thank you
Hi team own it and other people wanting to get this app! This app is awesome! It helps young people control what they say to others and it tells you what could upset someone and you may not realise it would so it’s really good! It teaches kids about internet safety and how to talk to people online! It’s a great app for people aged 8-13 first time phone users and kids! It can make people feel better about yourself because instead of saying something mean it will advise you to change it and if you choose to follow the advise it can make someone feel good about there self rather than bad because you’ve Messaged them something horrible! I’m so pleased I got this app because I would of made a wrong decision that could of hurt my friends feelings! And no one is reading your messages aswell so don’t worry about that! If you are young I would definitely advise you to get this app as it can help you be nicer and keep your friends!
Thank you Own It Team
Using the keyboard in other apps makes things a bit difficult because the auto correct is dramatically reduced which either means it takes ages to type, or you have to edit for ages. It is also often slow to recognise typing so it can cut off words from sentences. Another thing that I find annoying is that the feature on apple phones where you can tap and hold the space bar to slide around a text is disabled. I love the intent behind this app and think it could be done well, it just needs to be a bit more high tech. I think it has potential, but should be executed better in my opinion. I hope this review helps someone, I don’t think that you shouldn’t download it as I’m sure it works for many people, but just be prepared to be disappointed. Thanks for reading! 😊
Developer Response ,
Thank you for the review, we greatly appreciate your feedback.
Please could you send us your device name, model and operating system? You can email these details to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our developers will then look into the problems you've encountered.
Own It App Team
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- BBC Media Applications Technologies Limited
- 121 MB
- Requires iOS 11.2 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 11.2 or later.
- Age Rating
- © BBC 2019
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.