I am writing to alert you to a new app and online game that is going viral among many primary and secondary school age pupils.

The game is called DOKI DOKI (literature club). The game is advertised as a school dating app and does not require parental checks to download. It is a free app and although users should be 13+ years, children can easily agree to being over the age. Once downloaded, children have unlimited access to their own account.

It begins as a colourful and light-hearted game but takes a sinister turn within an hour of children playing, where their online friend starts to talk about depression and eventually commits suicide.

Police have issued a warning over the free-to-play game, labelling it a ‘risk to children and young people’.

Please could I kindly ask all parents and carers to check that your children do not have this app installed or play this online because of the associated dangers.