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App to help keep children safe online to be demoed in Thatcham tonight

YOTY acts as a 'social media buddy' over risky online content

John Herring

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App to help keep children safe online to be demoed in Thatcham tonight

THATCHAM children and their parents can learn how to stay safe online thanks to a new app.

YOTY is a new social media buddy that helps children stay safe and private on social networks.

It protects against privacy leakage, photos and swearing or sexting.

The app works by linking a child’s social media account with an application on their smart phone that checks the content of posts they make.

When something inappropriate is spotted or if something is shared that could put a child at risk, like a phone number, YOTY pops up with help, advice and tools.

When a child receives an alert they will be informed why the content is risky, given advice on how to change the risky content, offered a simple tool to delete it, or have the option to ask their parents if in doubt.

Parents also receive regular updates about the changes their child has made, as well as warnings about unedited risky content.

Deepak Tewari came up with the idea after a close acquaintance ran into trouble.

He said: “I think as parents, we need to be more aware of the technology our children use but we also have to balance giving them freedom with keeping them safe.

“Overall, our children need to be better equipped to responsibly use smart phones and all that they offer.”

A session to learn more about the app and take part in a free trial will be run in conjunction with Thatcham Youth at 6pm tomorrow (Friday) at the Moorside Community Centre, Thatcham.

Readers of the Newbury Weekly News can also take advantage of the free trial by going to www.yoty.co.uk where they will find details on how to sign up.

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