There is an app called Yellow that is increasing in popularity. There are many that call Yellow “Tinder for kids.” For those that don’t know what Tinder is, it is a dating app that adults use to primarily locate hook-ups.
WHAT IS YELLOW
Yellow helps you find and make new friends on Snapchat and Instagram. To create a Yellow profile, you must use your Snapchat username or provide your first name, gender and date of birth. You then decide if you want to connect with girls, boys or both, and then upload a photo.
Users see a picture of other Yellow users. If they don’t like what they see, they swipe left. If they like what they see, they swipe right. If two users swipe right on each other’s profiles, they can then chat and follow each other on Snapchat or Instagram.
WHAT PARENTS MAY BE CONCERNED ABOUT
To use the app, you must enable location services so the app can geotag your location. Obviously this a concern with younger users sharing their location online.
You have to type in your name and birth date. Yellow says you need to be 17+ to use the app, but of course, younger people are using it. There is currently no way for Yellow to verify someone’s age. Predators (adults) may claim to be a 15-year-old boy, but actually may be a 40-year-old man looking to hook-up with a young girl.
You can’t make your profile private on Yellow. Anyone within a particular radius of where you are can view your profile.
There will always be some new, hot app that young people are downloading like crazy. For parents concerned about keeping their children safe online, the 3 C’s apply today and tomorrow.
Talk to your kids early and often about online safety. Also, remember to LISTEN to your child. Ask your child what is going on online, what apps are popular, have they experienced anything online that made them feel uncomfortable? Let them know that they can always come and talk to you without fear of you blowing up and them getting in trouble. Create a good open and honest relationship with your child.
No one person can keep up with every new app on the market. However, have a good general idea about what is going on. Please don’t be totally in the dark when it comes to technology. Talk with other parents and share tips and information. Subscribe to a few good websites where the focus is online safety.
Check your child’s devices. You can do it manually by physically taking possession of the phone and looking through it. You can use parental control software. Some parents monitor their children by creating their own accounts on every website and app that their child uses.
Protect your kids. Yes, it can be a lot of work, but surely your child is worth it.