Parents! Are you aware of all of these APPS and are they on your children’s devices?
1. Meet Me is a dating social media app that allows its users to connect with people based on their geographic proximity. As the app’s name suggests, users are encouraged to meet each other in person.
2. Grindr is a dating app geared towards gay, bi and transgender people. The app gives users options to chat, share photos and meet up based on a smart phone’s GPS location.
3. Skout is a location based dating app and website. While users under 17 years-old are unable to share private photos, kids can easily create an account using a different age.
4. Whatsapp is a popular messaging app that allows users to send texts, photos, make calls and video chats worldwide. Whatsapp uses an internet connection on smart phones and computers.
5. TikTok is a new mobile device app popular with children used for creating and sharing short videos. With very limited privacy controls. Users are vulnerable to bullying and explicit content.
6. Badoo is a dating and social networking app where users can chat, share photos and videos and connect based on location. While the app is intended for adults only. Teens are known to create profiles.
7. 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 ages.
8. Snapchat is one of the most popular apps in recent years while the app promises users can take a photo/video and it will disappear. New features including ‘stories’ allow users to view content for up to 24 hours.
9. Kik allows anyone to contact and direct message your child. Kik gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
10. Live.Me is a live streaming video app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can find out a broadcasters location. Users can earn coins as away to pay minors for photos.
11. Holla is a self-proclaimed addictive video chat app that allows users to meet people all over the world in just a few seconds. Reviewers say they have been confronted with racial slurs, explicit content and more.
12. Whisper is an anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a users location so they can meet up.
13. Ask.FM is known for Cyber Bullying. The app encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions.
14. Hot or Not encourages users to rate your profile. Check out people in their area and chat with strangers. The goal of the app is to hook up.
If you are an Apple user, you can add your loved ones to your family sharing and control their screen time and approve any apps that they want on their devices.