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Are those apps safe ?
There has been recent publicity about the dangers of apps commonly used by children and teens on electronic devices.
Here are 14 apps that could be dangerous for children.
SNAPCHATallows users to take pictures and videos that disappear with new features like ‘stories’ that allow users to view content for 24 hours and see your location.
KIK allows anyone to direct message instead of text messaging and gives unlimited access to anyone, anytime.
YELLOW allows teens to flirt with one other similar to Tinder.
HOLLA video chat app that allows users to meet through their phones across the world in seconds.
OMEGLE allows users to chat for free and encourages anonymous chatting with strangers.
BUMBLE similar to Tinder, a dating app that requires women to make first contact, though kids are known to create fake accounts and falsify their age.
WISHBONE allows users to compare photos to each other and rate one another on a scale.
CALCULATOR%secret app that allows users to hide photos, videos, files and browser history.
ASK.FM notorious for cyberbullying, this app encourages to anonymously message others to ask questions.
WHISPER anonymous social media app that allows users to share secrets with others and can share users’ locations so they can meet.
BURNBOOK allows users to post anonymous rumours through text, audio and pictures.
HOT OR NOTallows users to rate profiles and find people in their area and chat.
LIVE.ME live streaming app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can see the broadcaster’s location.
INSTAGRAM one of the most popular apps among children, kids are known to use this app for fake accounts and to text since the conversation is deleted when someone leaves the chat.
These are only examples of potentially dangerous apps, and parents should monitor all apps and note if they offer messaging features. Always be aware of who your children are talking to and how they are doing so, always have full access to your children’s social media accounts at all times!
Some tips to protect children are:
Approve every app on your kid’s phone
Check their privacy settings
Speak with your children about phone use, app use and social media
It’s not an invasion of privacy, it’s being a responsible parent!
Check out: https://esafety.gov.au/