Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Nick Jr. UK Issues Advisory About Unofficial Apps Featuring Nickelodeon Characters On The Google Play App Store

Nickelodeon UK and Nick Jr. UK have become aware that a developer has published a number of unofficial apps branded with Nickelodeon characters including Blaze and the Monster Machines which contain content that is not appropriate for kids of any age on the Google Play platform. As kids and their families are Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.'s priority and their safety is paramount, they are in the process of getting these apps removed from the Android store as a matter of urgency. Please visit facebook.com/NickJrUK for the latest from Nick Jr.

Users can check that they're downloading authentic Nickelodeon branded apps by checking for the 'Offered By Nickelodeon' message on the app's information page on the Google Play store.

Update (24/1): The app, "call Blaze and the Monster Machines 2018" has now been removed from the Google Play store.

A Nickelodeon representative told The Sun: "We were alerted to the illicit Blaze and the Monsters Machines app yesterday along with a range of other content from the same individual. The safety of kids and families are of paramount importance to us.

"Nickelodeon worked as a matter of urgency with Google Play to have all the illegal apps removed. They removed all of the offending content immediately yesterday afternoon”.

A Google spokesperson told the International Business Times: "We have a set of policies designed to provide a great experience for users and developers and we act quickly to remove apps from Google Play that violate those policies."

Tony Stower, head of safety at UK children's charity, the NSPCC, said that parents needed to have "regular conversations with their children about staying safe online".

Additional sources: Google Play, Apple.com.

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