Keep Your Kids Away From These Scary New Apps. Technology is our friend, right up to the point where it isn’t. Any parent who’s found something new and sneaky in their kid’s browsing history knows what I’m talking about. And the alarming new trend in social media are apps that allow the user to hide their activity and worse- allows others to find them more easily. The Fairview Park Auxiliary Police Association released the 14 worst offenders this week, have a look…
14 apps that could put your kids in dangerAs children get older and become more independent, there are a variety of…
Here’s some cyber security professional’s tips for keeping your kiddos safe:
- Don’t allow your kid to have a smartphone with access to the Internet until the age of 18.
- Check the history on their phone, their laptop, iPad etc every night.
- Require them to give you their passwords to all of their social media accounts.
- Do not allow kids under the age of 14 to have social media accounts.
- Find out what new apps are popular in your area, talk to your kids about any problems they’ve seen in their social group.
- Routinely check privacy settings on their accounts.
- Talk to them about the dangers of strangers finding their location- that who they think they’re talking to on social media could very easily a false profile and someone who could intend to cause them harm.
My personal sad and scary cautionary tale…
My Zoe and I went to see the new “Teen Titans Go!” movie last spring and at the end of the film, the character Robin turns to the audience and chirps, “Hey, kids! Go ask your parents where babies come from.” Now, we started “The Talk” with our kiddos as young as 5 and continue to explain age-appropriate details as they grow older. For whatever reason, my daughter typed the phrase into her iPad and it started with a fairly graphic childbirth scene from YouTube, and then the more sexual and nauseating results started popping up before our NetNanny program kicked in, blocked the query and notified me.
The scariest part of this scenario to me was that such a simple query could unleash an avalanche of porn onto a child’s iPad and without a protection program, my daughter could have seen it. Frankly, just the childbirth video required quite a bit of discussion. Since then her father and I have introduced several new measures to make sure we can do everything possible to keep something like this from happening again.
Keep Your Kids Away From These Scary New Apps:
Here’s a broader explanation of the apps listed above…
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.
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.
Notorious for cyber bullying. The app encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions and get an answer. This app has been linked to the most severe forms of cyber bullying.
One of the most popular apps of the last 5-6 years for teens and 20-somethings. 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.
This 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.
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 or etc.
Allows anyone to contact and direct message to your child. Kids can bypass traditional text messaging features. KIK gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Keep in mind that this app has built-in apps and web content that would be filtered on a home computer.
The anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user’s location so people can meet up. This anonymous app’s creators promote sharing secrets and meeting new people.
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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.
This free online chat website promotes chatting anonymously to strangers.
Designed to allow teens to flirt with each other in a Tinder-like atmosphere.
Allows users to post anonymous (often nasty and very unpleasant) rumors about people through audio messages, text, and photos.
An app that allows users to compare kids against each other and rate them on a scale of “attractiveness.”
This one may seem like a surprise. But Instagram is listed as an area of concern, because many 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.