Make sure that as a parent, you are up to date on this. “Young people are so adept at whipping through cell phones and getting where they need to go that sometimes the technology that continues to evolve becomes a little scary for us. All you have to do is get online and just do a bit of research and you will be wiser as to what your young person’s getting involved with, and who they’re talking to.”
MEETME: A dating social media app that allows users to connect with people based on geographic proximity. App users are encouraged to meet in person.
GRINDR: A dating app geared towards the LGBT community. The app gives users options to chat, share photos, and meet up based on a phone’s GPS.
SKOUT: A location-based dating app and website. While users under 17 old are unable to share private photos, kids can easily create an account with an older age.
WHATSAPP: Popular messaging app that allows users to send texts, photos, voicemails, and make calls and video chats.
TIKTOK: A new mobile device app popular with kids. It’s used for creating and sharing short videos (often with music accompaniment). With very limited privacy controls, users are vulnerable to cyber bullying and explicit content.
BADOO: 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.
BUMBLE: Similar to “Tinder.” The dating app requires women to make the first contact. Kids have been known to create fake Bumble accounts that falsify their age.
SNAPCHAT: 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”, allows users to view content for up to 24 hours. Snapchat also allows users to see your location.
KIK: Allows anyone to contact and direct message to your child. Kids can bypass traditional messaging features. KIK gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
LIVE.ME: A live-streaming video app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can find out a broadcaster’s exact location. Users can earn “cins” as a way to “pay” minors for photos.
HOLLA: 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.
WHISPER: An anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user’s location so people can meet up.
ASK.FM: Known for cyberbullying. The app encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions.
CALCULATOR% (PRIVATE PHOTOS): Only one of several secret apps used to hide photos, videos, files and browser history.
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.
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