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'Tinder for teens' raises concern among parents

An app dubbed as ‘Tinder for teenagers’ is being used by schoolchildren to send nude photographs of themselves to their followers according to The Daily Mirror.

The app, Yellow, which bills itself as a way to ‘make new friends on Snapchat’, is said to be popular in a number of Irish schools and has been criticised by parents associations.

Users connect the app with their Snapchat account and add a photograph of themselves. Then, like the adult dating app Tinder, they are shown the profiles of other users. They then swipe right or left to like or dislike a profile. When two users like each other they are matched and added as contacts.

One student at a school in Limerick said that the app was being used to flirt with people around Ireland and further afield. ‘People would send nudes and underwear pictures, boys and girls both - it’s mostly used to text and get pictures from each other,’ she said.

Chairperson of the Parents’ Association at Salesian Secondary College Pallaskenry, Co Limerick, Catherine Fitzgerald, called the use of such apps ‘extremely worrying’.

She called on parents to try to be aware of the apps their children are using. ‘Snapchat is a very hard one for parents to monitor, because the pictures more or less delete themselves.

‘Then again, it says it’ll delete them after a couple of seconds, but that’s not always what happens — if they’re quick enough, they’ll screenshot it,’ she said.
Ms Fitzgerald said there was a danger that these pictures would then ‘spread around to each other via Snapchat, Facebook or any of the others’.

Yellow, which was launched last year, says it has more than 3 million users.The iOS AppStore state that you must be at least 17 years old to download it, while it has a PEGI 18 rating on Google Play. That doesn't mean, of course, that younger users can't access it.

Update: January 2018

Yellow has recently changed its name to Yubo. Despite the name change, all the features and functions of the app remain the same.

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