We wish to draw your attention to a new app that has recently been launched aimed specifically at teenagers.
It has been identified by several organisations including 'Webwise' and Ealing Safeguarding Board as a potential danger to children. Described as ‘Tinder for Teens’, the yellow app allows users to make new friends using their Snapchat and Instagram accounts. According to media reports the app has been linked to a number of teen sexting incidents in Ireland recently.
Yellow - Make new friends app is available for Apple and Android devices.
It allows users to create a profile that links with their Snapchat and / or Instagram profiles. Users can override the age and parental control restrictions to sign up, meaning it is possible that adults can pose as children in order to access other users Snapchat and Instagram profiles.
It is well known that predators use apps that allow them to lie about their age to target children to obtain nude photos / meet for sexual exploitation / bully and intimidate them.
To obtain more information and read a review of 'Yellow' from a trusted source please click on the link below:
If you are concerned by any of the themes raised in this article or have any safeguarding concerns relating to children at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School please do not hesitate to contact either Mr Walton (Designated Safeguarding Lead) or Mrs McLoughlin (Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead).
Mr Walton & Mrs McLoughlin
Safeguarding Leads at Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School