Here you will find sources of information and advice to help your children stay safe online. All children are taught digital citizenship and online safety during the school year.
We have been asked by Merseyside Police to make parents and carers aware of live video-streaming apps called live.ly and Live.Me.
live.ly is the fastest-growing social media streaming application available at the moment and has approximately 20 million users.
They both allow the users to live-stream videos of themselves and also allows users to watch other streamed videos.
The apps have limited security features and it is possible for users to potentially have their location identified and to be contacted by other unknown users.
It is possible for any video to be recorded and shared without the permission or knowledge of the person who made the video. The apps are aimed at adults, so the content is potentially highly unsuitable for our children
Another app that has caused issues recently is musical.ly, a video-sharing social network. Once again it is aimed at older teenagers so the content can include very bad language and explicit material. A similar app is called Dubsmash.
A recent Channel 4 news investigation highlighted the dangers of these apps. Click on the photo to watch it.
Merseyside Police would encourage parents to make sure they know what apps their child is using, how each app works and what their child is using it for. Many legitimate apps are being used by young people in a way that allows them to communicate with or be contacted by absolute strangers. This creates a significant risk to their child.
It is really important that society becomes more aware of the possible risk of exploitation on mobile apps and social media sites, and people know how to report suspicious activity to the police.
Parents, guardians, carers and teachers have a responsibility to know what the warning signs are and to look out for them to prevent a child putting themselves at risk or forming inappropriate relationships online.
Visit Safer Internet Day Tips and Advice for Parents for help in supporting your child to stay safe and positive online.
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NSPCC and O2 have teamed up to produce a guide to help parents explore and understand online life as children known it. The guide can be accessed via www.net-aware.org.uk