Say Hi is a free messenger app that allows individuals to find and chat to other people. Say Hi states “Say Hi can help you find new people nearby! It helps you find love by chat, meet and date new friends!” On Say Hi people can use text messenger, video chat, upload pictures, send voice messages and show other’s their location. Users can search nearby people and view their profiles.
The app is PEGI 18 rated, however children are still using the service.
Users can utilise the Instant video messaging and live video chat with their new friends, which is being branded as “meet face to face before you meet face to face!”. live streaming is a growing method of grooming, any app which supports this feature is a potential issue for children.
Chat hour has recently branched out int the mobile market. The forums are wide ranging however it is primarily a dating/hook up site. It is being accessed by those who wish to maliciously communicate with children.
Sarahah The UK safer internet centre have begun receiving calls about new app Sarahah. This is typically an indicator that an app is being widely used by young people across the UK. The app works on exactly the same premise as Sayat.me allowing users to receive anonymous feedback about anything they request
Advice for helping children set up a new profile The UK Safer Internet Centre shares advice for parents and carers when helping their child set up a profile on a new site or game. Key points include: using a family email address; not using personal information (full name or date of birth) in a username; and making sure that profile pictures don’t include personal information clues such as school uniforms and house numbers and street names.
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