In the digital age we live in, it can feel impossible to protect your kids. The Internet moves very fast and while its a place of limitless information, it can also be a dangerous place for our kids. Smartphones are one of the great products of our time, but some applications can put your kids at risk.
Firstly, talk to your kids about cellphone safety. Ensure that they know despite what an application will say, once post, picture, or text goes digital; there is no such thing as removing it entirely. In addition, add your kids to your iCloud or Google account. You will be able to see what applications they download.
Lastly, here are some applications that you should keep an eye out for on your kid’s devices.
Hot or Not
Encourages other Hot or Not users to rate your profile, check out people in the area, and chat with strangers. The purpose of this app is to facilitate hookups.
Calculator% and other apps like it require a pin to access. It was designed to hide in plain sight. Once the pin gets entered, the app contains hidden pictures, videos, files, and browser histories.
This app is known for cyberbullying. It encourages anonymous users to ask users questions.
A live-streaming app that uses geolocation to share videos. As a result, people can find the broadcasters exact location. Users can earn ‘coins’ to pay minors for photos.
Holla is a video chat app that allows users to connect with people all over the world. Users have reported explicit content, racial slurs, and more.
An anonymous social media network that promotes users to share their secrets. It also has a feature that reveals a user’s location so they can meet.
Bumble is like ‘Tinder’ but encourages women to make the first contact. Kids have used this app to create fake accounts and lie about their age.
You have probably heard of this one. After content is viewed, the app ‘deletes’ the picture or video. Consequently, it has been used to spread explicit content in the past. In addition to those features, it shares a users location. It will map the surrounding area and show users where their friends are (this can be turned off in the settings).
This app allows anyone to direct message and contact your children. Kik can result in unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, at any time.
WhatsApp is a popular messaging app used around the world. It is slowly starting to make its way in the US. The app allows users to send text, photos, video chats, phone calls, and voicemails. WhatsApp uses an internet connection, so when connected to WiFi, high usage will not show up on your phone bill.
A popular new app among kids who create and share short videos. There are minimal privacy controls, and cyberbullying is rampant on TikTok.
Badoo is a dating app where users can chat, share photos, and videos. While designed for adults, accounts created by teenagers were discovered in the past.
Another social media dating app. It will connect users based on their geographic location. The app encourages face to face meetings.
A location-based dating app. Like other apps, users can share pictures and additional personal information.
A dieting app that allows users to track their fasting activity. It has a social media component that will connect users with other people on the app. Kids with eating disorders may abuse the app, even though the intent is for health benefits.
Furthermore, new apps are coming out all the time that can expose our kids to things they shouldn’t be. Most of these apps will allow access to explicit materials, cyberbullying, and even predators. Most of these apps do not have parental controls. It is just as important to know where your kids are hanging out online, as is it to know where they are in the real world.
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