How to spot if your child is being groomed online

Daily Mail - Science & tech

It recently emerged that children as young as six are being groomed via live stream on YouTube, and this is just one of the ways they are being targeted. Online predators have been known to regularly use games, social media, live streaming platforms and chatrooms in order to target children. Often, the groomer can create multiple online identities and even pretend to be children themselves in order to make contact. Some predators will look at what a child has posted online before making an approach, while others will send out multiple'friend requests' in the hope of receiving a response. According to the National Crime Agency's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command, offenders will try to start conversations and then try and move to a private social media or chat app.


Paedophiles luring kids into nude selfies using Mylol app

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A warning went out to millions of parents today that schoolchildren could be sending nude selfies after being groomed by paedophiles through a teenage dating app. The children are being lured into sending sexual, 'inappropriate' images of themselves through the Mylol website and mobile dating app. It's feared'pervert' adults are tricking teenagers into sending naked images of themselves. A warning went out to millions of parents today that schoolchildren could be sending nude selfies after being groomed by paedophiles through teenage dating app Mylol. The dating app and site has been labelled as'Tinder for teens' by concerned parents Mylol is a site described as the'number one teen dating site in the US, Australia, UK and Canada.'


Tinder bans under 18s from using its dating app

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tinder has today banned under-18s using the service after it was revealed teenagers were using the service to meet with children as young as 13. Child protection campaigners have been upset that since 2012 the online dating app has allowed people aged between 13 and 17 to hook up. But it has emerged that adults have been posing as teenagers to have sexual contact with children, or 16 and 17-year-olds have been grooming boys and girls under the age of consent. Yesterday a serving police officer admitted he had groomed a 15-year-old girl he met on the Tinder and would later film the girl performing a sex act on him. Stephen McMillan, 26, sent a photo of the underage girl's naked breasts to three friends - leading to her becoming suicidal and taking a drug overdose, magistrates were told.


Grindr and Tinder 'must not risk children's safety'

BBC News

The digital secretary has said he will question Grindr and Tinder about how they protect children after an investigation claimed they are put at risk of sexual exploitation. More than 30 cases of child rape have been investigated by police since 2015 after victims evaded age checks on such apps, the Sunday Times found. Jeremy Wright described it as "truly shocking". Grindr and Tinder said they have measures to prevent minors using them. A Freedom of Information request by the Sunday Times also showed 60 further instances of child sex offences - including grooming, kidnapping and violent assault - through online dating services.


What is Kik and should your child be using it?

The Guardian

The mobile chat app of choice for 40% of US teenagers (according to the company) contains an entire version of the internet inside its virtual borders, but like those pesky high-frequency ringtones, Kik is largely inscrutable to people born before the turn of the millennium. News that a 13-year-old girl, Nicole Madison Lovell, chatted with an 18-year-old man on Kik the night before he kidnapped and murdered her, however, has added urgency to the parental quest of understanding what kids are getting up to on their phones these days. At first glance, Kik is just another free messaging app for smartphones. You log in, you pick a user name, and you send texts, selfies, and emojis to your friends. But that's just the first level of the Kik experience, which is clearly designed with a teenage user in mind ("For Kik, youth are the primary focus," founder and CEO Ted Livingston wrote in 2014).