What do I need to know about Yubo?

We've spoken to parents to find out what they think about Yubo. We've also asked children and young people what they think. Here's what they said:

Children’s views

What do children and young people dislike about it?

17% of the children and young people who reviewed Yubo (formerly Yellow) thought it was unsafe. The main things they told us they don’t like about Yubo (formerly Yellow) were:

  • People do and say things that are inappropriate
  • You don’t know if people are who they say they are
  • Being contacted by random people

What do children and young people like about it?

The main thing that children and young people told us they like about Yubo (formerly Yellow) was:

  • It’s a fun way of meeting new people

Is content on Yubo suitable for children and young people?

We asked parents and young people about the types of inappropriate content they’ve seen on Yubo. The level of risk is based on the % of respondents who reported seeing these types of content. The ratings are: Low Risk (less than 5% of respondents); Medium Risk (between 5 and 25%); and High Risk (over 25%, or more than one in four).


High Risk

Violence & hatred

Medium Risk


Medium Risk

Suicide & self-harm

Medium Risk

Drink, drugs & crime

High Risk

What are people saying about

Girl, 17

“I don't like how emojis are used in profiles because some of them have hidden meanings - like for drugs or wanting to be sent photos etc.”

Boy, 13

“You can chat with people near you and make new friends, but I don’t like the amount of fake profiles.”

Boy, 16

“Some people can randomly pop up to you, and can start talking to you.”


Unfortunately we did not receive a sufficient number of reviews from parents on Yubo. Therefore, there are no quotes from parents for this site.


"Yubo is the social app to meet new friends and have fun with them. Friendship is going to the next level! ... Add people you like, go live with them, swipe to make new friends."

O2 Guru Top Tips for Yubo

O2 Guru Paul says:

"You can click on 'Hide my City' inside the app to make sure no one can see where you are, and there is also a feature that lets you restrict friends by inputting a mobile number to find them."

Our O2 NSPCC Online Safety Helpline can help you to set up parental controls, adjust privacy settings or get advice on social networks. You can call us free on 0808 800 5002.

For face to face advice and support, you can also book a free in-store appointment with an O2 Guru here (even if you’re not with O2). 

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What's the right age for Yubo?


Yubo says

This is from Yubo's own guidelines and is accurate as of March 2018.


Our panel of parents say

Unfortunately we did not receive enough parent reviews on Yubo to include this on the site.


Children say

Based on 2,059 responses from children and young people in November and December 2017.


Net Aware visitors say

Based on 315 votes from visitors to the Net Aware site – you can vote too.

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