Online Safety Courtesy of Ashford School We are aware that there are some social media apps that older students have access to and which could potentially lead to harm. At Ashford School, we have a duty of care for our young people and have banned the use of these apps and website browser links on our wifi filters. Please see below: • Video Messaging Apps: Video apps like Marco Polo, House Party and FireChat . Here users can create videos of themselves and share it with others. While some apps can include closed messaging platforms in which friends can only invite other friends, it is possible for a user to talk to strangers through the app’s messaging systems. • Yellow is described as the Tinder for teens (swipe right if you want to become friends with someone; swipe left if you do not), and opens with a geo-locator. There is a 13-year-old age minimum, but there is no way of verifying this. • There are a number of anonymous apps on the market AfterSchool, Sarahah, SayAt.Me, Monkey and Ask.Fm are some of the most popular apps online and promising the same feature where users can share intimate feelings about themselves to strangers, possibly spread rumours and cyberbully friends online, without any trace of who said what. The latest app is called QOOH.ME where users create an online free profile to encourage users to leave anonymous comments. We have also been informed of an app called Private Calculator where young people can store inappropriate pictures, apps, and games. If someone other than the owner tries to open the private calculator app with a wrong password (i.e. Parents) then all files are automatically deleted. We would suggest that you also become aware of your children’s activities online and have attached a list of Good and Bad apps for your information. There is also an app called Oyoty for your children’s phones that parents can sign up for free. It functions as an algorithm in the background of the phone and alerts both the parent and child if it thinks a message or picture that is about to be sent is inappropriate. More information about this app can be found on https://www.oyoty.com.