We have recently been made aware, by some year 6 pupils, of concerns regarding an online app/game called Gacha. Gacha is an anime game which is aimed at primary aged children. Whilst the app itself is innocent, e.g. dressing up characters etc. there have been reports of the content being used to create inappropriate YouTube videos including references to, e.g. sex, suicide and bullying.
There are, sadly, people who post inappropriate content on YouTube designed to look innocent and appealing to children, often based on popular apps or TV programmes. While it is tempting to stop children from using certain apps or YouTube altogether, this is not always the best solution. Our advice remains as follows:
Most importantly, keep the conversation open with your children. Talk to them about what they are doing online, celebrate the exciting stuff (there is lots of exciting stuff out there) and remind them of the importance of keeping private information to themselves and not taking risks.
You can find more advice and useful links on our safeguarding page.