On-line safety warning.
We have been notified of a dangerous website and app aimed at children, the app "Monkey", which is billed as a cross between Omegle and TikTok. There are some concerns over the nature of this app and how it might be used to exploit children, it allows users to have video calls with strangers. The platform markets itself as 'an alternative to Omegle, with a TikTok vibe''. A review of the platform has found that it contains large amounts of inappropriate, disturbing, and harmful content transmitted via web cameras.
Please find link to the full warning about the Monkey app.
Parents of school-age children are being encouraged to be aware of what their children are doing online. During these unprecedented times, they are spending longer each day on the internet, so never has online safety been more important. Since schools closed, there has been an increase in the number of incidents involving indecent images being requested from, and sent to, children. Please - as a parent - make it your responsibility to ensure your child is as protected as they can be from this threat. Why not make internet safety the subject for a home schooling session before your children return to school? It could the most valuable lesson they’ve had - there are many helpful resources to help you and your child.
https://youtu.be/jgmDeT16JwM - Learn about Sexting
https://bit.ly/2YfEzB0 - Advice from Childline
https://connectedkids.org.uk/connected-kids/ - General Kids Internet Safety advice from South Wales Police partner Get Safe Online