June Online Safety Update – Yolo
YOLO is an anonymous question and answer app that works in combination with Snapchat. With the recent concerns regarding Snapchat and its frequent use for online grooming and abuse it seems the anonymity of Yolo is also in question. It also has a 13+ age rating which means parents of primary school children are advised to avoid allowing access.
In May 2019 it became the most downloaded app only a week after its release and with no prior marketing or promotion.
It has become hugely popular amongst children, particularly teenagers, as it offers them the opportunity to join in anonymous Q&A without having to reveal their identities, which often encourages more honest and open peer feedback.
This can offer kids a real sense of self worth when they receive positive comments on their posts but can also have serious drawbacks if abused.
Here at St Mary’s we strive to ensure that all our children are safe online and both they and parents are aware of any potential issues in the cyber world.