Parents Should Look Out for These 15 Apps on Their Kids’ Phone
As parents are approaching another school year there are a list of apps that law enforcement wants you to look out for on your kids' phone. This list was created in hopes to reduce sex crimes through apps and social media sites. This list was first created by CBS Miami but is helpful for parents across the country.
- The first is 'MeetMe,' an app where teens can easily be in contact with users much older than them, with an emphasis on dating.
- 'WhatsApp' and 'SnapChat' are for messaging, but what you should know is teens can send unlimited messages, have video chats and even share their live location with other users, people they may not even know.
- 'Skout' is a flirting app that's used to meet and chat with new people. Teens and adults are in different groups, but ages aren’t verified.
- 'TikTok' is used for sharing user created videos that can contain bad words, even adult content.
- 'Badoo' and 'Bumble' are dating apps for adults, but teens can still find ways to join.
- 'Grindr' is geared towards the LGBTQ community. It allows users to share photos and meet up based on phone’s GPS location.
- 'Kik' is specifically for kids, but anyone can join and anyone can contact or direct message your child.
- 'LiveMe' is a live streaming app, but you don’t know who’s watching and your kids location is revealed.
- 'Holla' is all about connecting strangers around the world through video chat. Enough said.
- 'Whisper' is a social confessional where kids can remain anonymous, but still share their feelings. And it can reveal your child’s location for a meet up.
- 'ASKfm' encourages people to allow anonymous users to ask them questions, which opens the door for online bullying.
- 'Hot or Not' rates users on attractiveness.. There’s no age verification and users can send each other messages.
- And lastly, 'Calculator%' apps are several secret apps that allows kids to hide their photos, videos, even browser history.
This is all about keeping kids safe and away from predators. It takes only minutes to check your kids phone and remind them of the dangers of apps like these.