A police association in Ohio is warning parents of 14 apps that could put children in danger.
The Fairview Park Auxiliary Police Association posted the following message to Facebook, which can be read below, in full:
As children get older and become more independent, there are a variety of apps 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 range of things from bullying and unwanted sexual messages, some apps can even give strangers your child’s location.
Here are a few things you can do to help protect your children:
• Approve every app on your kid’s phone
• Check privacy settings
• Talk with your kids about phone use, apps, and social
media with your kids
• Find out what is popular in your region, different apps
catch on in different locations
Here are some of the apps:
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 age.
LIVE.ME is a live-streaming video app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can find out 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 ask them questions. ask an anonymous question and get an answer. This app has been linked to the most severe forms of Cyber bullying.
SNAPCHAT is one of the most popular apps of 2018. While the app promises users can take a photo/video and it will disappear, recent features including “stories” allows users to view content for up to 24 hours. Snapchat also allows users to see your location.
HOLLA is 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.
CALCULATOR% is only one of several secret apps used to hide photos, videos, files and browser history.This app looks like a calculator but functions like a secret photo vault. there are other apps just like this that have an icon that looks normal, but it is a Hidden Icon or some other app or etc.
KIK allows anyone to contact and direct message to your child. Kids 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 would be filtered on a home computer.
WHISPER is an anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user’s location so people can meet up. An anonymous app where the creators promote sharing secrets and meeting new people.
HOT OR NOT Encourages users to rate your profile, check out people in their area and chat with strangers. The goal of this app is to hook up.
OMEGLE A free online chat website that promotes chatting anonymously to strangers
YELLOW This app is designed to allow teens to flirt with each other in a TInder-like atmosphere
BURN BOOK Post Anonymous rumors about people through audio messages, text, and photos
WISHBONE an app that allows users to compare kids against each other and rate them on a scale
INSTAGRAM Any kids are now creating fake accounts to hide content from parents. Kids also like to text using Instagram because messages are deleted once a user leaves the conversation
Note: These are only a few examples of apps that you should be aware about. keep in mind when looking at apps… look to consider whether they have messaging features in them or not.
Checking your child’s phone and apps is the best defense against potential predators, who have become increasingly tricky when targeting victims.