Some problems with an app called Simsimi have been brought to our attention in the last couple of weeks. These have connected to pupils in different year groups and it appears that this new app is currently the most popular app in the app store and is being downloaded and used widely by teenagers. The nature of it is that you type in your name and people comment anonymously on the named person. As it is anonymous to post a comment, many of the comments are derogatory, insulting and unacceptable. There is no benefit whatsoever in engaging with this app. This app is recommended for the 17+ age group but appears to be used by much younger pupils also. Wriggle has confirmed that it is not possible to download this app on the 1st Year ipads.
Several other schools have encountered difficulties with upset as teenagers use this app and it has also received some media attention. I attach an article from the Irish Times published in the last week.
Over the next week, either the Year Head or I will speak to each year group in the school about internet safety and this app.
The Parents Association has organised for Pat McKenna (an IT expert with the focus of keeping young people safe on the internet) to speak to parents on Wednesday 26th April at 7.30pm and I would urge you to attend. Pat has given talks in the school in the past and is excellent.
Please discuss this with your daughter and discourage her from either looking at the app or posting any comments.
Loreto High School