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byte is a video sharing app that lets you shoot, upload and share 15 second videos. There’s a feed which shows you popular videos, an explore page and individual profile pages. Anybody can comment on your videos (and you on theirs) and all videos you share can be downloaded by other users – so it’s best to think before you share.


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At a glance

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Medium Risk

Violence & hatred

Medium Risk


Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

Medium Risk

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What you should know


There's a six second limit per video


Byte is similar to other video sharing apps, like TikTok and Snapchat, but there’s a limit of six seconds per video. Even though six seconds doesn’t seem very long, your child might still come across inappropriate content. When we used the app, we saw videos containing drink, drugs, guns and swearing.


There are no moderation tools or parental controls


You should also be aware that currently there aren’t any moderation tools or parental controls, which means your child could easily come across more mature content. You can also talk to other users in the comments under each video, meaning your child might receive unwelcome communication or start talking to people they don’t know. Check out our tips below on how to report, block and flag on Byte.


All videos can be downloaded by another user


All videos you post can be downloaded by other users and shared across other social networks or posted elsewhere online. Use our tip below to talk to your child about what they’re sharing.

Top tips for staying safe

Sitting down with your child and exploring their favourite app or game is a great way for you to learn more about what they like to do online.

You can ask them why they like to use an app or play certain games, as well as who they’re talking to and what sorts of things they’re sharing.

You can also read our Net Aware reviews for tips on how to keep kids safe on popular apps, sites and games.

Help your child think about what they share online and who sees it. Compare it to what they would be happy to share offline.

Use examples that are easy for them to understand: “You shouldn't give your number to somebody you don't know on the street. Is somebody online you don't know any different?”

Listen to their answers. And be positive and encouraging.

Remind them that they shouldn’t share private things, such as:

  • personal information, like names, emails, phone numbers, location and school names
  • other people's personal information
  • links to join private group chats
  • photos of themselves
  • photos of their body, such as sexual photos or videos.

Explain that you understand the internet is a great place to play, create, learn and connect. But remind them they can talk to you if anything upsets or worries them.

Reassure them that you won’t overreact – you’re just looking out for them.

It’s important to remind your child that they can talk you, another adult they trust, like a teacher, or Childline about anything they see online.

Your child might come across something upsetting or negative on Byte. If this happens, they might want to report content or block another user. 

To report or block another user in Byte, you can go to their profile and select ‘report or block’. Follow Byte’s guidance on how to report and block.

You can ‘flag’ posts by selecting the arrow icon under the video. It will then give you four options for by your flagging it. Follow Byte’s guidance on how to flag a post.

And remember to let your child know that they can always talk to you about worrying things they see online.


Talking to your child

Having open, regular conversations with your child will help you to really understand and explore the online world together. Our tips and advice can help you start these conversations.

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