It is important that we stay as up to date as possible with esafety and what children of all ages are able to access online. Just because it is marketed for young children doesn’t always mean it is safe. Make sure you have full control over what apps your child is able to go on.
1. Blaze and the Monster Machines App – recording of app available on link below
This Free App is a game that ‘phones’ children once they reach a certain level. The phone call they receive is automated but extremely disturbing and could be very distressing to children and young people. See news article here – it contains a recording that a parent has made of the phone call her daughter receives and highlights how disturbing this is.
This App was formerly called ‘Yellow’, so parents and schools may not realise that it has changed. It has a live streaming feature, which poses a significant risk to young people as they can live stream to strangers and can watch live streams from strangers. Increasing numbers of sex offenders are using live streaming as a way of abusing young people.
3. Live-streaming apps
See BBC article here, in which an adult woman poses as a 14 year old to investigate the dangers of live streaming apps. Various apps are mentioned in the article to be aware of.
4. #Ditto magazine is a free online publication, which discusses the latest E-Safety updates. See magazine link here.