Website, Apps and social networks to be aware of:
SARAHAH – this is a fairly new App that is very popular, though you have to be 18 to use it.
The anonymous-commentary app launched in February; loosely translated, its name means “honesty” in Arabic. The app, theoretically, does what it says on the tin: It allows users to submit honest comments, questions, and critiques to their peers. How do you know they’re honest? Because the comments are submitted anonymously.
LIVE ME – this is a popular live streaming mobile app which allows its users to post live broadcasts and receive “tips” from other users for completing specific tasks during live broadcasts. These “tips” are in the form “gold coins” and can be exchanged for money. Users then have the ability to either delete the recording of the live broadcast or post it on their profile. The app also does not have any restrictions on the age an individual needs to be to create an account.
Understandably, this app has attracted young people who may not be equipped to understand the dangers of recording and sharing sexual videos or engaging in sexual activity while streaming live video feeds. They need to understand that anyone on the other end of the live feed can capture a still image or video of them engaged in that activity – all without their knowledge.
13 Reasons Why – Netflix series
Blue Whale – a game that is played via many social-media platforms
www.memrise.com – a free website facility that schools use to upload their vocabulary lists for each half term that students can access to practice. It has been brought to staff’s attention that you can ‘follow’ people via the site, yet you cannot block or stop people from following you. There is no facility to interact with these people, however, they can post information about themselves in their ‘bio.’ It is understood that some followers have highly inappropriate content in their ‘bios’ including links to websites that may well be just as inappropriate.
Houseparty – Group Video Chat is a video-focused social media app. Friends (and friends of friends) can communicate with each other via live video and texts. Because there’s no screening and the video is live, there’s always the possibility of inappropriate content for children.
Please see below for copies of letters that are sent home by the school when we feel it necessary to notify parents of potential safeguarding risks.