Top 10 Dangerous Apps for Kids
Have you checked out the apps on your kids phone lately? You might want to have a look.
If you want to be a good parent, you have to know what's going on in your child's life. These days, the cell phone is the center of their world. ForEveryMom.com has a list of the top 10 most dangerous apps for kids. I'm not surprised to find out Tinder is #1. I'd have to agree with this list. Here are the reasons these apps concern me.
1. Tinder: This is used for finding a hook up. It should not be on your youngsters phone. It can lead to serious danger.
2. Snapchat: All the kids love Snapchat and it is the one app you will probably find on almost every young person's phone. But Snapchat is also being used for "sexting" and other inappropriate behavior.
3. Blendr: This is a flirting app young people to meet up. It uses the GPS from the phone to find people nearby. That should be enough to scare any parent.
4. Kik Messenger: This app has more than 100 million users and lets them exchange videos and pictures. Kids are known to use this app for sexting. Get it off that phone.
5. Whisper: Whisper is an anonymous confession app. It allows users to superimpose text over a picture in order to share their thoughts and feelings anonymously.
6. Ask.fm: This is one of the most popular social networking sites and it's pretty used only by kids. But predators have also been know to target this app.
7. Yik Yak: I've never hear of this app, but the way it's being used is scary. It lets users post text-only “Yaks” of up to 200 characters. Often these Yak posts are sexually explicit.
8. Poof: Here's one that's really scary. "Poof" lets users make other apps disappear on the phone. Kids can use Poof to hide other apps they don't want Mom to see.
9. Omegle: This is a video chatting app. It can also connect with your Facebook and you attempt to find people with similar interests.
10. Down: Get this one off of your child's phone immediately. Down used to be called Bang With Friends. It is also connected to Facebook.
The best advice I can give you is to be a hands-on parent. Don't try to be your child's friend. You pay for the phone and you need to know what's on it. I understand privacy and all that. But there are too many dangerous lurking out there. Make it clear to your children why it's so important that Mom and Dad know about the content they are using.