I write to you regarding information that we have received about certain social media platforms which we feel you should be made aware of. New social media platforms are emerging all of the time and therefore we understand that, as a parent, it is extremely difficult trying to keep up-to-date with which ones are safe and appropriate for your child.
We have been made aware of the certain platforms that we feel it would be beneficial for you to know about.
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. This is the MyLOL logo to look for:
Back in November, the NSPCC warned against new app Yellow, labelled ‘Tinder for teens’, which could be used by predators to groom youngsters. Like Tinder, Yellow allows its users to swipe right and left to either ‘like’ or ‘pass’ another user, and if there’s a match, they can begin chatting.
Therefore we strongly advise that you talk to your child about these apps and our advice would be to delete the apps and block the websites.
It is for this reason that we wanted to communicate with you regarding the dangers of some social media platforms. Of course, there are a large number of sites which are perfectly safe, if used appropriately, and therefore we do not wish to raise alarm. We will continue to work with students regarding online safety and appropriate uses of technology, however we very much welcome and rely on your support to ensure that your child knows how to safe stay online.
If you need more information regarding this issue, please do contact your child’s Student Support Worker, Head of Year or Head of Key Stage.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Mrs J Stubbs