E-Safety & Safeguarding Advice
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For Your Urgent Attention
We have received notification about a teenager dating app which lots of children are using and which is also being used by on-line predators. The app is called MyLOL and it is being used for inappropriate activities against young people.
On its website, MyLOL bills itself as the ‘#1 teen dating site in the US, Australia, UK and Canada’ and claims to have more than 300,000 members around the world.
It invites users to meet ‘thousands of teenagers like you’ and then goes on to describe how users can ‘chat with members or privately with someone.’ Teenagers are encouraged to update a profile and share pictures.
Please be aware that there are also other dating apps aimed at young people. Last year the NSPCC warned against new a new app called Yellow, and one called ‘Tinder for teens’, which could be used by predators to groom youngsters.
Tinder and Yellow allow their users to swipe right and left to either ‘like’ or ‘pass’ another user, and if there’s a match, they can begin chatting.
Any app that allows strangers to send photos to children or vice versa is troubling – particularly where the images being exchanged are of a sexual nature. We believe that any app that enables adults to view children, through a service blatantly aimed at flirting and relationships, also creates an opportunity for sexual predators to target young people.
At Painsley we pride ourselves on keeping the children in our care safe. We strongly advise that you talk to your child about this and our advice would be to delete these apps and block the website.