Update - 01/03/19
We have been alerted to concerns relating to an on-line game/challenge called 'Momo' and a video sharing app 'Tik Tok' that we would like to share with you.
This appears to be very similar to 'Blue Whale Challenge' from 2017 where young people are set challenges to cause themselves harm. It appears to be connected to a Whatsapp message that can also 'pop up' whilst using other games and social media platforms such as Minecraft and Youtube.
Information available on the BBC News website yesterday has stated that this is a hoax. However, there are a number of young people who have been frightened by the image that appears, and for their own safety and that of their families. Advice given to parents by the police on the BBC News website includes the following;
- Ensure they know what their children can access online
- Ensure children understand the importance of not giving personal information to anyone they do not know
- Tell their children no-one has the right to make them do anything they do not want to do
- Use parental controls to keep children safe
TikTok is a video-sharing app. Users can upload and share short videos of themselves lip-syncing to songs or acting out comedy sketches, and add special effects. They can gain followers (‘fans’) and browse other people’s videos. You may have heard of the app by its previous name: Musical.ly. Everything that was on Musical.ly is now on TikTok. If your child previously had a Musical.ly account they will be able to access their content on TikTok. The age recommendation is 13 and above. However, you don’t have to prove your age when creating an account, so younger children can still use it easily. It’s most popular with under-16s. TikTok is free to download on Android and iOS devices (Apple phones and tablets). It carries ads and offers in-app purchases. It has about 150 million active users worldwide and is available in over 30 languages.
For further information, including potential concerns and safety options for parents, see this document on our website.
Safer Internet Day 2018
At Loreto Grammar School, in line with our Mission statement which seeks to enable the girls “to meet with confidence the challenges of a changing world”, we promote safe, responsible and ethical use of the Internet and technology. We ensure students receive crucial eSafety education, to allow them to make best and safe use of technology. Equally, our role is to support parents in the development of their daughters and in their responsibility for their daughters.
The annual Parents' Wellbeing Evening on Internet Safety Awareness was held on 7th February 2018. All resources and links are available below.
5. Sarahah app
|Connect Safely – A collection of guidebooks for parents on various social media apps|
|Digital Parenting – A website written by parents for parents, offering excellent guides and resources.|