E-Safety safeguarding information

Please find below some safeguarding highlights regarding the squid games.
The updates highlights the main risks and concerns experts found when researching the show.
It was brought to BDMATs attention this week that one of our pupils within the MAT was approached on Tik Tok to share inappropriate images of themselves online. They did not do this and reported it to the school, which is a testament to the online safety teaching at that school.  It is a violation of the terms of these sites for anyone under 13 to be using them. This is a clear indicator that the sites are not suitable for primary aged pupils.   Please continue to address these risks with the children themselves in order that they can learn to keep themselves safe online and know who to report to if they ever feel unsafe. These sites are not going to go away so it is important that we ensure our pupils are aware of the dangers of joining these sites at their age and can protect themselves if they still choose to do so.

This is an online safety alert for YUBO, shared by the Violence Reduction Unit


Please be aware and share with your networks that young people are using the app YUBO which is a social/ chat room/ live stream type app.


There are concerns raised of the potential of adult abusers using this site to exploit children and young people.


Poor Age Restrictions/Privacy Settings: Although the terms and conditions state that Yubo is strictly for users above 13, there is no credible age-gate that can prevent a young child from joining the platform. Young people have been observed to connect with adults or mature teens on the app to chat with or even ask to be ‘rated’. There is a growing concern that the app could be used for grooming. Adult predators have been known to create fake profiles displaying a teenager’s persona to lure unsuspecting kids into conversations. It is almost impossible to verify the true identity of a Yubo user.


Livestream: The livestream feature is the most worrying. Children can initiate live video streams of their day, in their bedrooms or any other location. Any number of strangers can view the stream and can send questions or interact via live text chat. These are not restricted to friends alone and are often open to strangers; users are then encouraged to add unknown attendees/viewers as friends during the stream. In addition, questions from strangers on livestream may result in teenagers giving away personal information and the most disturbing part of this feature is that anyone can record a livestream.