What is BeReal?
BeReal is not intended for children aged under 13. BeReal is a relatively new social media platform that allows you to share a photo with your friends at different times each day. You will receive a notification to post a picture at a certain time in the day and you will also be
able to react to your friends’ posts.The default setting is that your posts are only visible to your friends, however it is possible to share posts publicly. You can delete a post at any time. You can report individual posts or user accounts by contacting [email protected].
How can we stay safe on BeReal?
Our advice is to discuss your privacy and safety concerns with the child before permitting use of the App. Throughout your child’s use of BeReal, you may wish to check and amend their Privacy and Security settings to those that suit you. Tacklebullying.ie has a parent’s guide to social media in the Information Hub section under ‘parents’ which contains steps you can take to improve safety and privacy on BeReal.
How do I talk to my child about it?
Have the conversation,
‘I heard about this app which may pose some risks, I think we should talk about the apps that you are using to ensure they are safe…I don’t think it’s safe to use because having images like that on your phone leaves you exposed and open to someone potentially taking advantage of that. I want you to know that if you ever feel concerned about any apps or websites you use you can come and talk to me about them.’
Finally, help them to set up any apps or register for websites as you can assess the apps they use and make sure they are installed with the highest privacy and security settings.
How Can You Tell If Your Child Has Downloaded It?
When BeReal has been downloaded on a Smartphone, it will have the following App logo design. This will be displayed on the app homepage. If this is not visible, you can check whether BeReal has been downloaded onto the phone through the App Store. Also you may be able to locate your child’s BeReal activity by searching for it.