'Sketchy' W App by Slay developer has parents and experts concerned

Simon McCarthy
Updated July 14 2023 - 10:33am, first published 10:00am

A mobile phone app that targets children, encouraging them to share their school name, age and phone number and to respond to anonymous polls about other students has found its way to Australian schools.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.

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