It’s come to our attention that schools across the UK have been warned about a well-known chat room. It’s been reported to us that schools have issued warnings to parents and carers urging them to talk to their children about these chat rooms and chat room apps.
What are anonymous chat rooms?
Anonymous chat rooms are online spaces where people can chat with strangers. People can communicate via instant messaging and video chat, some of these platforms use random matching to pair users.
Young people are likely to use these chat rooms and chat room apps because they seem fun, and the randomisation of people can be exciting. As young people spend much more time online due to the lockdown, there is an increased chance that they will come across these sites. Despite them seeing these as fun, they may not see the risks from those online with malicious intentions.
The video below explains the safeguarding issues we found on a particular platform:
Watch our video below for more advice on having a difficult conversation about sensitive issues with your child.