A police force in Ohio warns parents of 14 apps that can endanger children.
When children get older and become more independent, there are a number of programs that parents should be aware of when deciding what to allow a child to install on their devices.
There are apps that can be dangerous and can expose your children to a variety of things from bullying and unwanted sexual messages. Some apps can even give the stranger the location of the child.
Here are a few things you can do to protect your children:
• Approve each program on your child's phone
• Check privacy settings
• Talk to your kids about phone usage, apps and social media
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• Find out what's popular in your region, different programs
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Here are some of the apps:
BUMBLE looks like the popular computer program "Tinder," But it requires women to make fi first contact. Children have been known to use Bumble to create false accounts and forge their age.
LIVE.ME is a live streaming video app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can find 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 question them. Ask an anonymous question and get answers. This app has been linked to the most serious forms of cyber bullying.
SNAPCHAT is one of the most popular apps of 201
HOLLA is a self proclaimed "addicting" video chat app that lets users meet people all over the world in seconds. Critics are just one of several secret apps used to hide pictures, videos, files, and browser history. This app looks like a calculator, but works like a secret. photo vault. There are other programs just like this that have an icon that looks normal, but it's a hidden icon or other app or other.
KIK allows anyone to contact and send messages to your child. Children 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 will be filtered on a home computer.
WHISPER is an anonymous social network that promotes secrets with strangers. It also shows a user's location so people can meet. An anonymous app where creators market secrets and meet new people.
HOT OR DO NOT encourage users to rate your profile, check out people in their area and chat with strangers. The goal of this app is to connect.
OMEGLE A free online chat site promoting chatting anonymously to strangers
YELLOW This app is designed to allow teens to flirt with each other in a Tender-like atmosphere
BURN BOOK Post Anonymous rumors of people through audio messages, text and images
WISHBONE an app that allows users to compare children against each other and rank them on a scale
INSTAGRAM Any children now create fake accounts to hide content from parents. Children also like to use text using Instagram because messages are deleted when a user leaves the conversation
Note: These are just a few examples of programs you should be aware of. Remember to look at apps … see if they have messaging features in them or not.
The control of the child's phone and apps is the best defense against potential predators, which has become increasingly difficult when targeting victims.