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Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day
A dangerous game called The Blue Whale is played online and spreads through social media.
Players are appointed a "master/teacher" and these "masters/teachers" challenge the players in stages, to tattoo a Blue Whale somewhere on the body, usually the arm or the leg. As the game goes on the players are encouraged to self-harm and the final challenge is to commit suicide.
All these actions have to be filmed and shared via social media to the so called "master/teacher". The game is being played by children of all ages, some as young as primary age, but predominantly by teenagers.
Please be aware of two online safety concerns that have recently been brought to our attention:
Firstly ‘Live.ly’ is an app being used by many children as it provides the opportunity to group chat. Whilst the app is only meant to be able to access contacts already on a child’s phone, the opportunity for friends of friends to join groups has resulted in people unknown to the child being able to access a group. In Leeds this resulted in a man using this to expose himself and masturbate onscreen. This highlights the risk that an app such as this poses in terms of the potential for incidences such as this but also the risk of grooming and exploitation.
The second concerning one is ‘Yellow’ which is essentially an online dating app for children which works similar to ‘Tinder’ the idea being that you can swipe through people and then choose someone to then meet up with. Clearly this again poses numerous risk factors for children.
Ensuring every member of our community is e-safe is important to us. No-one is too young (or too old) to learn about e-safety.
In school our children are taught about e-safety as part of their IT and PSHCE lessons. Please reinforce these basic messages of safety at home.
Scroll down for even more information and links to help you keep your family e-safe.
The following advice is taken from the CEOP website. It's a good place to start. Also, check out Mrs Sutcliffe's guide for parents by clicking on the photo at the foot of the page.