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Safeguarding Alert - Blue Whale

 

There is an online game called Blue Whale, which originated in Russia.

It encourages self harm for 50 days then committing suicide on the last day.

Young people carve a whale on their forearm. There has been increased suicides in Russia, linked to this game.

In Hampshire there have been 2 completed suicides and 2 very near misses.

 

Please be vigilant to any signs or indicators in respect to children and young people engaging in this game. 

 

Please also see attached information re: new dating app for teenagers “Yellow” and a library of all the different types of social media apps available. The social media library document currently contains 127 different apps including an additional two newly identified apps courtesy of the NW region.
 
These are ‘Lovoo’ and ‘Woozworld’. 
 
Lovoo is an online dating, chatting and flirting app.  You can search for people who are close to your current location and engage in private chats.  The app is free but there is also a ‘VIP’ paid membership option.  The VIP membership enables you to end a greater number of chat requests, have more matches and view other users profiles anonymously in ‘ghost mode’ so they don’t know you’ve seen their picture and details.   
 
Woozworld is a virtual gaming app which allows the user to create their own fashion themes avatar and do quests.  It has chat facilities and the app has been described as being designed for the ‘tween’ market with the average age of users being between 8 and 14.
 
Information and support.
Education staff have a statutory responsibility to  educate the whole school or college community in their use of technology and establish mechanisms to identify, intervene in and escalate any incident where appropriate.  There is a wealth of information available to support schools and colleges to keep children safe online. The following is not exhaustive but should provide a useful starting point, there are some useful website links below to help keep you safe online.

 

Thinkuknow - home

 

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www.thinkuknow.co.uk

 

An interactive programme for children, teens, parents and other adults, with age-specific games, warnings, and advice.

 

Disrespect NoBody

 

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www.disrespectnobody.co.uk

 

Healthy relationships are all about respecting each other, and Disrespecting NoBody. Find out more about the signs of relationship abuse. 

 

 

UK Safer Internet Centre

 

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www.saferinternet.org.uk

 

For safer Internet Day 2017 the UK Safer Internet Centre launched a report into the role role and influence of images and videos in young people's digital lives. 

 

 

Information, Advice and Support to Keep Children Safe Online

 

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www.internetmatters.org

 

Working with online safety experts, we're here to guide you through the many issues children can experience when using the internet.