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CHILDREN are being targeted by sexual predators through a disturbing new app dubbed “Tinder for teens”.

Multiple cases of child grooming have been referred to police, a cyber safety expert has warned.

The app, Yellow, reportedly has five million users and is growing in popularity among Australian school-aged teenagers keen to “make amazing new chat friends”.

The worrying app is marketed to children, and combines the swipe mechanism and “match” features of Tinder to connect kids with Instagram and Snapchat’s photo editing and messaging services.

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Once users start chatting on the app, they are given the option to add each other instantly on photo-sharing app Snapchat and continue their “friendship”.

Cyber safety experts in Australia have warned children as young as six have been exposed to pornography via social media app ‘Yellow’.

Cyber security experts recommend parents regularly search the Apple or Android app stores and online news and technology websites to stay informed about the latest apps and social media services their children may be using.

What is grooming?

Pia Marshall previously shared on MoM, “Online predators frequent chat rooms and online video games, posing their profile as a young boy or girl.
Grooming a child online, is similar to that of grooming a child offline.

‘Grooming is the predatory act of maneuvering another individual into a position that makes them more isolated, dependent, likely to trust and more vulnerable to abusive behaviour.’

It starts with the predator striking up a conversation. They then begin to show an interest in your child and form some sort of ‘friendship’ with them.

Worst case scenario, your son or daughter organises to meet their ‘new’ friend, putting themselves in potential danger.”

Last month horrified parents shared the sick messages their kids were receiving on popular kids iPad app. Read more HERE

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  • It’s a scary world. That’s why I don’t let my son free range access online.

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  • We just don’t allow ths kind of access.

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  • We don’t use apps – thank goodness.

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  • Or… parents could control what their kids are using on their phone??

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  • I want too ask, ‘You are kidding right? Tell me it’s April Fools, please?’ Alas, apps that facilitate adult access to our children is bound to occur. Predators have always had to find savvy ways around parental protection and technology is just a tool for them.

    This is exactly why our children well not be having their own mobile phones. I expressed as much when I shared my own thoughts on this topic last weekend: http://clarketribe.net.au/handing-loaded-guns-to-children/

    As parents, we need to remain vigilant to what we allow into our family’s environment. 50 years ago it was the school, your house, your children’s friends and family. Now it gets directly into our home through electronic media.


    • Parents must be vigilant and alert and investigate all apps and all technology devices and ensure protections and security are always in place when children are using technology. Parents must screen all apps and programs and know exactly what their children are accessing and ensure it is appropriate. Predators must be stopped and the first line of defence against predators is by vigilant parents.

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  • Yellow – Tinder for Teens is not something we would ever allow. Developers surely have a responsibility to institute protections?

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  • Thanks for the heads up ! Never heard of the App “Yellow”, but we sure need to watch our kids online activities.

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  • You do have to be aware of using the apps on the internet,so sad.

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  • Luckily my daughter isn’t interested in apps and just uses the phone for sms. But it’s really scary!! Thanks for the tip!!

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