APP SAFETY WARNING - YELLOW

21st June 2017

Please read the guidance below about the app YELLOW
 
We are concerned about children using an app called YELLOW.  Please read below (taken from a Telegraph article with content from the NSPCC)
 
'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.  But unlike dating app Tinder - which raised its minimum age to 18 this summer after charities raised concerns - Yellow does not have checks in place to verify ages.  A spokesman for the NSPCC said: “Any app that allows strangers to send photos to children or vice versa is troubling – particularly where the images being exchanged are of a sexual nature. Yellow’s settings, that enable adults to view children, through a service blatantly aimed at flirting and relationships, also creates an opportunity for predators to target young people."