What is Yellow? App dubbed ‘Tinder for teenagers’ that allows users to swap texts and naked photos with nearby strangers

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A NEW dating app dubbed “Tinder for teenagers” has been used by children to send naked snaps to each other, leading to outrage among parents.

So what is Yellow, and should you be worried about your kids using it? Here’s what you need to know…

 App matches people nearby and allows them to begin sending pictures right away

Yellow
App matches people nearby and allows them to begin sending pictures right away
 Yellow has been described as 'Tinder for teens'

Yellow
Yellow has been described as ‘Tinder for teens’

What is Yellow?

Yellow, which is available on Apple and Android smartphones, is growing in popularity among school-age teens who use it to chat and send pictures to friends and strangers.

It is similar to dating app Tinder in that it allows people to connect with others based on their location, with users ‘swiping’ to accept or decline talking to someone based on their profile picture.

It is also linked to photo-sharing app Snapchat, which allows users to send temporary pictures that disappear after no longer than ten seconds.

As soon as two users swipe to accept each other, they are automatically added as “friends” on Snapchat, meaning they can begin sending each other photos right away – even if they don’t know each other.

 It has a 'swipe' function similar to dating app Tinder

Yellow
It has a ‘swipe’ function similar to dating app Tinder
 Users are judged on their appearance before they can begin chatting

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Users are judged on their appearance before they can begin chatting

Why is Yellow controversial?

There are growing concerns that the photo-based dating app could be used to send naked pics.

A schoolgirl in Limerick, Ireland – where the app is taking off – told the Irish Mirror: “People would send nudes and underwear pictures, boys and girls both – it’s mostly used to text and get pictures from each other”.

Catherine Fitzgerald, Chairperson of the Parents’ Association at Salesian Secondary College Pallaskenry, Co Limerick, said apps like Yellow are “extremely worrying”.

She also said that it’s important for parents to remain vigilant, although she acknowledged it was difficult.

“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.

A police spokesperson said: “Our advice would be for people not to share any personal information with strangers online”.

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