Important Safeguarding Information - PLEASE READ

31.01.17
Dear parent/carer,
 
Important Safeguarding Information
 
It has been brought to our attention that a free app called Musical.ly is currently being investigated by Police due to claims that this app is being used to groom children.
 
The app is rated age 12+ in the ITunes App Store. It is free to download and has 60 million users. It allows users to create and share 15 second video clips and communicate with followers. The app contains adult material and links directly to another app entitled live.ly which has no safety settings and permits anybody to enter into a conversation with your child.
The Police have been working with parents who have reported concerns. Some of these parents found that their children, some as young as 8 years old, had been using the app. These children had received inappropriate messages and pictures and also messages from anonymous users requesting naked pictures. Some had also entered into conversation with the unknown users.
Through use of these apps children are at serious risk of being exposed to extremely inappropriate content and conversations.
 
Another site of concern is Yellow. This site is a Tinder dating website for teens. This app is part of snapchat. Adults are posing as teens, entering a false Date of Birth to allow them to access the site. The conversations between the two parties are untraceable. This site will allow teens to make contact with anyone within a certain radius of their home address.
 
We consider this to be a valid threat to children and we would urge parents to remove the app from any devices.
If you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
 
Mrs Holdcroft
Safeguarding Manager