Online Safety & Social Media
We will use this page to keep you up to date with new social media apps which pose a potential risk to you or your child. Please be vigilant for any signs and indicators.
There is an online game called Blue Whale, which originated in Russia. It encourages self harm for 50 days then committing suicide on the last day. Young people carve a whale on their forearm. There has been increased suicides in Russia, linked to this game. In Hampshire there have been two completed suicides and two very near misses.
Yellow (Tinder for Teens)
Please click here for information on this new social media app.
Lovoo is an online dating, chatting and flirting app. You can search for people who are close to your current location and engage in private chats. The app is free but there is also a ‘VIP’ paid membership option. The VIP membership enables you to enter a greater number of chat requests, have more matches and view other users profiles anonymously in ‘ghost mode’ so they don’t know you’ve seen their picture and details.
Woozworld is a virtual gaming app which allows the user to create their own fashion themes, avatar and do quests. It has chat facilities and the app has been described as being designed for the ‘tween’ market with the average age of users being between 8 and 14.
Social Media Library
Please click here for a library of apps to be aware of.