NSPCC warning over “Yellow” app

The NCPCC has issued a warning about an app, called “Yellow”. This dating-style app aimed at teenagers is putting young people at risk by having no checks on users’ age, the NSPCC has warned.

In the app, when both users mutually ‘like’ each other they can chat by adding each other on picture-messaging service Snapchat.  But Yellow does not have checks in place to verify ages and it potentially compromises the location of young people because it shares images based on where a person is.

Snapchat is popular amongst young people however there are systems in place which means it is not easy for users to find strangers within Snapchat.  The Yellow app does allow users to add strangers on Snapchat and this presents a further risk to the safety of young people.

It is important that schools continue to take steps to alert young people to the risks of using such apps and the potential for young people to be contacted through apps, social media and online by those who are not who they claim to be.

Schools across Aberdeen City are already engaged with 360 Safe Scotland to develop their Internet Safety Policies.  The Learning Technologies Team also recommend the CEOP ThinkUKnow resources which provide age appropriate learning and teaching content for Internet Safety. The Learning Technologies Team are trained CEOP Ambassadors and can deliver CEOP training to schools to allow them to access further resources.

If, as a member of staff in Aberdeen City Council, you have any queries relating to Internet Safety and the use of this app (or other issues relating to young people and their safe use of technology) please contact the Learning Technologies Team.