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Keeping a Watchful Eye on Apps

 

app_imageNew phone apps are hitting the market every day, and kids are often the earliest adopters of new technology. As a parent, you want to protect your kids, but it’s hard to stay ahead of the changes — so we did some of the work for you.

 

Here’s an update on some of the apps you may want to watch out for, and why:

 

  1. Omegle
    In this app, users can be connected for a live video chat, completely at random. While users can shut down inappropriate behavior by quickly clicking out of it, there’s no way to safeguard against what you might see when users initially come online.
  2. Down
    This app uses GPS technology to allow users to connect with and date strangers who are nearby, at any given time. It’s designed for anonymity, but once two people both express an interest in each other, they’re able to connect in person.
  3. Hot or Not
    Playing into kids’ natural insecurities as they mature, the Hot or Not app lets users post pictures of themselves for others to vote on their appearance.
  4. Ask.fm
    This app allows users to converse in a question-and-answer format. It has been directly associated with cyberbullying, including instances that have been linked to teen suicides.

In addition, it never hurts to take a close look at what your kids are doing on more common apps like Instagram and Snapchat. More and more young people are creating hidden accounts that they use only with their close friends, to keep parents and family members from seeing their posts.

 

Want to be sure you know about all the apps your kids are using?
Here are some tips for finding hidden apps on Android devices and iPhones 

Read more articles on cybersecurity here.

 

 

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