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Letter of Advice

We have become aware of a significant number of issues with children sharing content using the app TikTok, previously known as

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A summary of the risks posed is shown below:-


Dangers for Kids

  • ‚Äč18+ content in the song lyrics. Swearing and adult concepts in the provided music.
  • Pornography, graphic content, suicide notes.
  • users can search for other users to view or follow near their own location/city.
  • User generated videos can be viewed and shared onto other social media and messaging apps increasing exposure.
  • Bullying in comments.
  • Users can publicise their messenger usernames or social media profiles on their profile.
  • live streaming is not private even if you have the privacy settings set up.
  • Using live streaming app may mean larger exposure with mean comments, interacting in real time with viewers.
  • Many fake user accounts, used to hijack views or set up to bully.
  • Hacking of accounts by promotional accounts (Free Crowns) within the apps.
  • Not easy to report accounts for being fakes or underage inside the app.
  • Many underage accounts with large amounts of followers.
  • Easy for users to create multiple accounts and hide them from their parents.
  • Fake apps on the app store that charge for download or offer followers.


TikTok is in effect the replacement for and this app seems to have developed a big following in the last few weeks.  It is not “more dangerous” than some other apps, but to help keep our children safe it would be wise to draw parents attention to current advice.  Parents are advised – as with other apps to help their child review their privacy settings and to be aware that: “Even with a private account, profile information – including profile photo, username, and bio – will be visible to all users. Counsel your teen not to reveal personal information such as age, address, or phone number in his/her profile.”

Internet provides useful advice – the link could be shared via text or social media.

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The "Momo Challenge" is a form of cyberbullying that spreads through social media and phones mostly using Whatsapp. Phone users are enticed to contact a user named "Momo" through WhatsApp, they receive graphic threats from the user and are instructed to perform a series of dangerous tasks. Despite claims that the phenomenon was reaching worldwide proportions in July 2018, the number of actual complaints is relatively small and no police force has confirmed anyone was actually harmed.  The UK Safer internet centre has been aware of this as an issue for UK schools over the last couple of months and is very cautious about giving any publicity to the challenge.

The details of this are once again circulating on social media, and well-meaning parents are adding to the oxygen of publicity.  We would encourage schools not to draw additional attention to this. The attached letter explains broadly how to manage online safety issues and deliberately does not mention the full name of the challenge. 



Snapchat has developed a new feature called Snapmaps which allows users to see the location of other users of snapchat. There are three possible settings, sharing with no-one (Ghost Mode), sharing with select friends (choose which friends you share your location with) and my friends (share your location with all your friends). Many children have a large number of “friends” on their accounts who they probably do not know well, and could be accidentally sharing their location.

Schools will want to encourage parents to check their child’s privacy settings if they allow their child to use Snapchat.

Full details are provide in the UK Safer Internet centre blog at:

Parental Controls

Video Games – Advice for Parents

Children love to play video games, but there are some risks involved.  The two main areas of concern are

  • Children experiencing violent or sexual content beyond their age.
  • Children playing online with strangers and either experiencing inappropriate language, or being groomed.

The PEGI ratings should help you decide what is appropriate for your child:

The adult classification is applied when the level of violence reaches a stage where it becomes a depiction of gross violence and/or includes elements of specific types of violence. Gross violence is the most difficult to define since it can be very subjective in many cases, but in general terms it can be classed as the depictions of violence that would make the viewer feel a sense of revulsion

This rating is applied once the depiction of violence (or sexual activity) reaches a stage that looks the same as would be expected in real life. More extreme bad language, the concept of the use of tobacco and drugs and the depiction of criminal activities can be content of games that are rated 16.

Videogames that show violence of a slightly more graphic nature towards fantasy character and/or non graphic violence towards human-looking characters or recognisable animals, as well as videogames that show nudity of a slightly more graphic nature would fall in this age category. Any bad language in this category must be mild and fall short of sexual expletives.


Further advice is available from which will also provide advice on setting parental controls on games consoles to help ensure that play is safe for children.

It is also important to ask your children who they are playing with.  One recent, extreme example was of a 19 year old grooming a 14 year old boy, Breck Bednar before murdering him.  Most parents would want to know who their children are playing with in the real world, the same should also apply to the virtual world.