West Midlands Police urged families to be aware of the YOME LIVE streaming app amid fears predators may be bribing children with gifts in exchange for private chats.
Parents were urged to not tell their children about the app in case they downloaded it out of curiosity.
In a message on West Midlands Police’s online alert system, WMNow, Nicola Tinker said: “YOME LIVE (pronounced YO-ME) is a very dangerous live streaming app which poses a risk to children and young people.
“Do not disclose this app to children as their curiosity could well send them to look at it. YOME is a publicly live stream video or voice chat which creates an easy to access video and chat environment frequented by adults in a highly sexualised behaviour.
“They target young people who often get sent gifts to persuade them to “FOLLOW” chat privately with adults. HELP KEEP OUR CHILDREN SAFE!”
BirminghamLive has asked YOME for a statement.
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Online safety for children
Below is advice from the West Midlands Police website on online safety for children:
Has something happened online that has made you feel worried or unsafe? Are you worried about the safety of your children when they are online?
The CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website allows you to report concerns online and to discover how young people can stay safe online from issues such as online abuse or sexual exploitation.
You can also find further online safety advice from Thinkuknow or the NSPCC if you are worried about online safety, people acting inappropriately online, or if you fear you or your child is being sexually abused or groomed.