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Online Safety

We will post information for parents on this page when we hear of new risks to be aware of.

Thank you to parents who have shared information with us.


January 2023


Omegle is a free anonymous online chatroom where users are randomly paired with strangers to chat via video call or instant messaging. It is popular, despite no longer having its own app, and is primarily accessed on a web browser. Videos showcasing Omegle chats have popped up on platforms like Instagram and TikTok, which have added to its popularity with children and young people.

Considered highly dangerous because:

  • No account sign up required – users can join a chat immediately and are automatically paired with a complete stranger.

  • No age verification – it says users must be 13+ with ‘parental permission and supervision’ but does not check this at any point.

  • No effective moderation – it claims to use ‘AI and human moderators’, but there is little to no evidence or clarity that this is implemented.

  • No reporting or blocking features – users are unable to report inappropriate behaviour, and offending users can continue to use Omegle freely.

  • Further details of risk:


This character’s name keeps being mentioned by the children at the moment.
It is certainly not a nice cuddly bear, as its name suggests. This is a character that children are being exposed to on platforms such as Tiktok and YouTube. The character is named 'Huggy Wuggy' from the 2021 horror game 'Poppy's Playtime'. The character sounds like a cuddly bear, but is actually encouraging children to copy behaviours - hugging people randomly, but then carrying out violence and verbal abuse. There are also disturbing images in the game and within videos of this character. Make sure your child is only viewing videos on verified channels. Some videos maliciously posted to streaming platforms have been created to inflict 'jump scares', which feature this character. The child thinks they are watching something nice, but then the character suddenly appears. For younger children especially, this can be very frightening and upsetting.
For more details:

There is a current TikTok trend:
It is to put your finger in hand gel and then set it alight. Clearly, this is extremely dangerous but some of the children may be aware of it.

Apparently, in this game, violent 'punishments' can be given out.
This game is not suitable for primary aged pupils - it has a 12+ rating.



There are reports of a viral post circulating on social media about an alleged self-harm ‘game’ being shared on popular gaming platform Roblox. Known as ‘The Game’, the post claims that the game appears through private chats in an attached Word document that contains the rules and instructions.

While it is unclear who made the original post and who took the screenshot of the document, it has been noted by several media outlets and concerned parents and carers, which has increased the sharing of the screenshot. There are multiple risks that come with this, including potential physical harm to children and young people, as well as inadvertent exposure to harmful online content.

Currently, online safety experts have not been able to substantiate reports on the validity of this so-called ‘game’ or the claim that children and young people are sharing it.


What is ‘The Game’?

According to the Facebook post, ‘The Game’ is a list of self-harming actions for children and young people to complete, often in view of their family and friends. It is allegedly shared via Word document on Roblox and Snapchat.

Two images of this document have been circulating in the posts on social media. One is a screenshot of the document itself. The other is a photo of a person holding a phone with the document on screen. Neither photo has been authenticated.

In the photos, the document is dated September 16th, 2022 and is titled ‘The Game’. Actions include self-harm prompts, such as cutting, overdosing, starving, and bruising. There are multiple references to “ending your own life” with one part stating the “only way to win [the game] is to die”. It also states different methods of suicide, as well a timeline for when to do so during the game.

Most notably, there is a reference to ‘players’ receiving an anonymous message in Snapchat that includes the word ‘dare’, with further self-harming instructions. It also encourages the person to involve or harm other people, such as siblings and friends.

According to the document, the ‘normal’ age range to join in this behaviour is “10-15 years old” but there are also “people as young as 9” who are playing.