We often receive information and important updates from outside agencies and this space is a good opportunity to share those guidelines. We urge you to take the time to look at some of the suggestions we have been alerted to.
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Child safety and cyber-flashing
Cyber-flashing happens when a stranger sends an obscene picture, unsolicited, to your phone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It’s a form of sexual harassment and there have been prosecutions for it under existing laws...
Read the full factsheet here...
For non emergency incidents you can text the police on 101, or if on Public Transport you can text the British Transport Police on 61016. More details below...
Child safety on YouTube
What’s the problem?
To find out about safety options on YouTube, click here...
Child safety on TikTok
TikTok is a video-sharing app. Users can upload and share short videos of themselves lip-syncing to songs or acting out comedy sketches, and add special effects. They can gain followers (‘fans’) and browse other people’s videos.
You may have heard of the app by its previous name: Musical.ly. Everything that was on Musical.ly is now on TikTok. If your child previously had a Musical.ly account they will be able to access their content on TikTok.
The age recommendation is 13 and above. However, you don’t have to prove your age when creating an account, so younger children can still use it easily. It’s most popular with under-16s.
TikTok is free to download on Android and iOS devices (Apple phones and tablets). It carries ads and offers in-app purchases. It has about 150 million active users worldwide and is available in over 30 languages.
What are the concerns?
On the surface, nothing. TikTok has a reputation for being unusually free of trolling and danger.
But you may have seen news reports or heard concerns about some users harassing children for nude images and videos.
To read about TikTok click below