'TINDER FOR KIDS' - Parents warned about online dangers of new Yellow app dubbed ‘the teenage Tinder’ that allows youngsters to make friends by swiping right
PARENTS have been warned again about controversial ‘teenage Tinder’ app which some fear paedophiles could exploit.
Worried staff at a school in Stoke-on-Trent have emailed mums and dads about the social media phone app Yellow.
The email warns of “growing issues” with “inappropriate images and chat” on the site which is used by children as young as 10.
Yellow allows people to make friends with other people by swiping left or right.
If both people agree to ‘liking’ the other then they have ‘made a friend’ and can communicate with them on chat apps including Snapchat and Kik.
Fears that online predators could target kid users have been raised before because people can just make up photos and ages.
Now in a memo to parents, Greenways Primary School referred to an email from their local police community support officer.
The e-mail reads: “I just wanted to make you aware of a website that is causing issues with young persons using the app, it is called “YELLOW”, this is linked to musical.ly, Snapchat and Houseparty.
“The app is free to download and only asks for a date of birth which they can make up, a name and picture, the app then matches them with persons of the same age in a 60 mile radius of where their phone is plotting.
“They can swipe their phone to accept or decline if they like the look of them.
“This is described as “Teenage Tinder”.
“The app promotes images being shared and group chat.
“There is a growing amount of issues with this site and inappropriate images and chat being sent and shared, children as young as ten years old have the app and clearly do not understand the risks neither do the parents.”
Yellow, which is available on Apple and Android smartphone, claims to have more than seven million users.
Makers says its community guidelines ban anyone under the age of 13 from using the app, and users can report people if they feel uncomfortable.
The guidelines published by the company also forbid people under 18 to make friends with older users.
But in November, an Irish Sun reporter downloaded the app with the intention of posing a teen and said it proved “incredibly easy”.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has expressed concerns about the app, as it campaigns for tighter laws protecting children on social media.
A NSPCC spokesman 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 sexual predators to target young people.
“This needs to be urgently addressed.”
The charity wants age verification measures in the Digital Economy Bill that will stop under-18s accessing porn websites to be extended to cover social networking platforms.