Internet Safety Local Issues - Please read (06/02/2020)
Internet Safety Local Issues - Please read
Child Grooming in Staffordshire - Instagram
I have been made aware this morning by one of the high schools in Staffordshire that there is a concern regarding Instagram and a bogus modelling agency grooming children.
West Midlands Police have advised that students at a number of Secondary schools in our area have been contacted by a bogus modelling agency called Starlett or Scarlett Bookings Agency. Initially they request photos of the child in their favourite outfit, then a bikini shot and finally they ask for a naked photo so that they can analyse their body type coupled with threats if they are not forthcoming.
We are aware that in spite of the 13 years age limit on Instagram, a small number of our children may have accounts.
An increasing number of our oldest children are discussing the use of TikTok. This app is a video-sharing platform that allows users to create, share and edit videos of themselves singing and dancing. As a result, it has a reputation for being a very addictive app for young users. We would like to raise awareness to parents that users of TikTok must be at least 13 years of age. Furthermore, there is the potential risk that if a user does not check or apply appropriate privacy settings, anyone is able to access and view their uploaded videos.
Please do have an honest and open discussion with your child about this app, should they be using it, in order to outline the risks to them. Of course, in line with the recommended age guidelines, we advise that children do not use or have access to this app.
Please see the advice in the link below for more information: