There are many Apps that attract kids and put them into dangerous situations. Many Apps are not safe for kids to use and parents must make note of these Apps. Recently Fairview Park Auxillary Police association has warned parents about 14 such apps that could put kids in danger and harm them.
Your child may insist on downloading these below apps. Before installing any such apps in your child’s phone read and thoroughly understand what these apps are for. These apps can expose your child to not just bullying and unwanted sexual messages also give information about child’s location.
These apps can be downloaded anywhere in the world and list of 14 apps given by Fairview Park Auxiliary to help protect your children.
Before installing any apps on children phone, parents need to give attention to following critical points.
- Understand what the app is about, do some leg work, check privacy settings and if you feel satisfied then only approve to download
- Do not agree or bend for child’s tantrums to download app. Talk through it, do not show your anger. Communicate effectively with child.
- Help children to understand the positive and negative impact of social media. Give suitable examples.
14 apps that could put your kids in danger
BUMBLE is similar to the popular dating app “Tinder.” However, it requires women to make the first contact. Kids have been known to use Bumble to create fake accounts and falsify their age.
LIVE.ME is a live-streaming video app that uses geolocation to share videos, so users can find out a broadcaster’s exact location. Users can earn “coins” as a way to “pay” minors for photos.
ASK.FM is known for cyber bullying. The app encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions. Ask an anonymous question and get an answer. This app has been linked to the most severe forms of Cyber bullying.
SNAPCHAT is one of the most popular apps of 2018. While the app promises users can take a photo/video and it will disappear, recent features including “stories” allows users to view content for up to 24 hours. Snapchat also allows users to see your location.
HOLLA is a self-proclaimed “addicting” video chat app that allows users to meet people all over the world in just seconds. Reviewers say they have been confronted with racial slurs, explicit content and more.
CALCULATOR% is only one of several secret apps used to hide photos, videos, files and browser history. This app looks like a calculator but functions like a secret photo vault. There are other apps just like this that have an icon that looks normal, but it is a hidden icon or some other app, etc.
KIK allows anyone to contact and direct message your child. Kids can bypass traditional text messaging features. KIK gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Keep in mind this app has built-in apps and web content that would be filtered on a home computer.
WHISPER is an anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user’s location so people can meet up. An anonymous app where the creators promote sharing secrets and meeting new people.
HOT OR NOT encourages users to rate your profile, check out people in their area and chat with strangers. The goal of this app is to hook up.
OMEGLE is a free online chat website that promotes chatting anonymously to strangers.
YELLOW is an app designed to allow teens to flirt with each other in a Tinder-like atmosphere.
BURN BOOK posts anonymous rumors about people through audio messages, text, and photos.
WISHBONE is an app that allows users to compare kids against each other and rate them on a scale.
INSTAGRAM – kids are now creating fake accounts to hide content from parents. Kids also like to text using Instagram because messages are deleted once a user leaves the conversation.
Note: These are only a few examples of apps that you should be aware about. keep in mind when looking at apps… look to consider whether they have messaging features in them or not.
Checking your child’s phone and apps is the best defense against potential predators, who have become increasingly tricky when targeting victims.
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Author: Sumana Rao | Posted on: February 25, 2019