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A Cornwall school has warned parents that large numbers of its students are downloading an app dubbed the ‘Tinder for teens’, which could be used by sex offenders to target young people.
Yubo (formerly known as Yellow) is available to download for free on mobile phones and describes itself as ‘a social app to meet new friends and have fun with them’.
Just like Tinder, Yubo lets its users swipe right and left to either like or pass on another user and, if there's a match, they can exchange messages, photos and video chats with them.
What's more, you can then add that person as a contact on another popular messaging app, Snapchat.
Police in several areas of the UK have alerted schools to concerns they have over child safety on the app, while the NSPCC has also shared a warning.
On Friday, Penrice Academy in St Austell sent an email to parents, warning them that “large numbers” of its students have downloaded Yubo.
“This is advertised as a dating app for teenagers who wish to make new friends and connect with other teenagers,” the message said.
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“However, the police have been very concerned about this app for some time, as it is one that is used frequently by adults who wish to cause harm to children.
“The adult will make contact with huge numbers of young people in order to convince them that they are also a child.