Location Apps

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Mobile apps that link with a phone or tablet's location services can be an excellent way for parents and carers to keep track of a young person's whereabouts. If family members can pinpoint their location, however, then potentially so can strangers online. Our short explainer video will ensure you're in a well-informed position on location apps.

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What are location settings?

Location settings enable a device or app to find a person’s location using a variety of methods including GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. They can be switched on or off for individual apps through either the device or app settings.

Benefits of activating location settings include tailored information based on the local area, the ability to find a lost phone and checking in on social media. However, it can be regarded as an invasion of privacy and can carry a range of risks for children and young people.

For more information on the associated risks and online safety tips for parents and carers, watch our explainer video, available to those with a National Online Safety membership.