Support for Parents

Welcome to our 'Support for Parents' page.

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For links to 'Teenage Hot Topics' as published in our Newsletters please click here.

Dear Parents

The school has been made aware of two apps that have been highlighted as raising concern by the police and local safeguarding teams.

    The first is called “Monkey”. Users are connected at random and engage in 10 second live video chat. Users can add more time to the video chat if they want to or add the person to Snapchat to continue the connection. The content of the videos can be explicit or abusive and children and young people are vulnerable to exploitation through the opportunity for private chat with people they don’t know.

    The second App is called “Yellow”. It is a dating app for 13-17 year olds. The app runs no age verification checks making it easier for adults to pose as children. Users who “like” each other can add each other on Snapchat allowing unregulated chat and imagery sharing. The NSPCC have published their own concerns about the app.

You might also be interested to read the BBC article here drawing links between popular social media apps and mental health.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39955295

We have had no information about Bexley Grammar School's pupils having been involved or adversely affected by using either of the apps but we draw them to your attention should your child raise the issue themselves with you or if you have concerns about their use of social media. 

Sarah Sword

Assistant Head