16:58, Thursday, 15th July 2021
Safeguarding alert for Monkey App
Online safety experts have been alerted to an extremely dangerous website and app called ‘Monkey’, which allows users to have video calls with strangers. The platform markets itself as ‘an alternative to Omegle, with a TikTok vibe’. Our online safety experts reviewed and tested this platform and have found that it contains large amounts of inappropriate, disturbing, and harmful content transmitted via web cameras.
Read all the information including the risks on Safeguarding ALERT – Monkey Web – Ineqe Safeguarding Group.
Top Tips for talking to your child about online risks
- Engage young people in a conversation about keeping safe online and who they would talk to if someone made them feel uncomfortable online or if they see something online that worries or upsets them.
- When talking to a child or young person, it’s best not to mention the app or website by name. If you do, it is likely that the child or young person will check out the platform on their own if they haven’t done so already. Instead, ask them what kind of new sites/apps they are using with their friends.
- You should support children to understand the implications of sharing content that is explicit, particularly if this involves images or chats with other children.
- You can also submit an online report to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP) by clicking here.
- If you have concerns about the immediate safety of a young person, you should contact the emergency services on 999 (emergency number)
Watch our video below for more advice on having a difficult conversation about sensitive issues with your child.
This content was originally published on Ineqe Safeguarding Group.