We are advising all parents and students to be aware of the following mobile apps and recent changes.

Snapchat

Snapshat, used regularly by many children and young people, has recently launched a new feature which allows users to see the location of their contacts. This feature allows others to accurately pinpoint where you are. There are three possible privacy settings:

  • Ghost mode, where only you can see your position;
  • My Friends mode, where any contact can see your location; and
  • Select Friends mode, just those who you choose can see you

ChildNet have posted a thorough explanation of SnapMaps and how to ensure users stay safe.

Yellow App

A Tinder-like app for teenagers is putting young people at risk of predators by having no checks on users’ age, the NSPCC has warned.

The Yellow app claims to have five million users and is the second most popular free lifestyle app after Tinder on the Apple app store in the UK.

Like Tinder, users can connect with strangers by swiping right on their profile picture. When both users mutually ‘like’ each other they can chat by adding each other on picture-messaging service Snapchat.

We are advising parents to be mindful of their children using such apps.