I would like to draw your attention to two social media apps that have recently come to my attention.
The first is ‘Live.Me’. Following a recent incident with a young secondary age pupil, this app has become of interest to Staffordshire police and the CSE unit (Child Sexual Exploitation). This application allows a live stream of the user that others can ‘follow’ and then view. This has been exploited by ‘followers’ encouraging users to perform inappropriate sexual acts whilst hundreds of people view it.
The second app is a little older but appears to be gathering momentum: Yellow. This is linked to Snapchat and is being described, by our young people, as ‘Teenage Tinder’. The app is free to download and only asks for a date of birth, which students can make up, a name and picture, the app then matches them with persons of the same age in a 60 miles radius of where their phone is plotting. They can swipe their phone to accept or decline if they like the look of them. The NSPCC has expressed concerns about this app as it allows strangers to send photos to children or vice versa.
In the current climate of social media saturation, please discuss these apps with your child to ensure, if at all, they are being used sensibly and appropriately.
Please visit the following website to help your child stay safe online
As always, I appreciate your support in being vigilant and raising awareness with your child. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself at school.