Parents Should Self Educate Themselves About The Dangers Of Social Media Apps 16 Apps Parents Should Know – SWARK Today
LITTLE ROCK – As the Arkansans fills their school schedule this fall, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is sending an important warning to parents to make sure they take the time to monitor internet usage and their child’s social media accounts. The internet and social media sites are a great resource for learning and connecting with friends, but social networking sites are also prime targets for criminals.
âIt is crucial that parents are aware of these apps and websites. While they can be invaluable resources for learning and connecting, they can also connect your child to a criminal if they aren’t closely watched, âAttorney General Rutledge said. âIt is important that we take all necessary measures to protect our most precious Arkansans from those who want to harm them. “
There are 16 smartphone apps that the Attorney General’s Office urges parents to know that can make children vulnerable to dangers online:
buzz – Bumble is a popular dating app that requires women to make first contact. It is common for minors to use this application and falsify their age.
Calculator% – Calculator% is one of the many “vault” style apps that seems like a harmless app, but is used to hide photos, videos, files, and even browser history.
Chatous – Chatous is a messaging app that allows users to chat and share pictures. This app makes it easy for predators to engage in age-inappropriate conversations with potential victims.
Discord – Discord is a voice and text chat tool that allows players to communicate in real time. Users can chat, add friends one-on-one or in larger groups. This app deals with content intended for adults, but allows users from the age of 13.
Grindr – Grindr is a dating app for LGBTQ adults, not kids. The app gives users options to chat, share photos, and meet people based on a smartphone’s GPS location.
House party – House Party is a group video chat application which allows users to communicate through live video chats and SMS. There is no screening and the video is live. Users can also communicate with people they don’t know.
Me – Live.Me allows users to stream live video using geolocation to share the videos so that other users can find the exact location of the broadcaster. Users can earn “coins” for “paying” minors for photos.
Monkey – Monkey is an app that allows users as young as 12 to chat with people around the world in a short introductory call, then users have the option to add themselves on Snapchat.
Snapchat – Snapchat is a photo and video sharing app that promises users that their photo or video will disappear even if it is not. Snapchat stories allow users to view content for up to 24 hours and share their location.
TIC Tac – TikTok is a popular app among kids which is used to create and share short videos with limited privacy controls. Users are vulnerable to explicit content and cyberbullying.
Tinder – Tinder is a dating app that allows users to âswipe rightâ to like someone and âswipe leftâ to switch. Users can fake their age, share photos, messages, and meet.
Tumblr – Tumblr is a blogging application and website that allows users as young as 13 years old to create an account. There are very few privacy settings, and pornography is easy to find. Most messages are public and cannot be made private.
WhatsApp – WhatsApp is a popular messaging app for users to text, send photos, make calls, and leave voicemail messages all over the world.
Whisper – Whisper is a social network that allows users to share secrets anonymously and reveals the location of users so that strangers can meet.
Youtube – YouTube is a video sharing app that may not be suitable for the age of children. Inappropriate content can be found using innocent search terms, but with parental controls it can be avoided.
Yubo – Yubo is a social media app that allows users as young as 13 to create a profile, share their location, view the profiles of other users in their area, and view live feeds. Drug addiction, profanity, racial slurs, and scantily clad people are common.
Attorney General Rutledge published the following tips to keep parents connected to their child’s online activity:
* Talk to kids about sexual victimization and the potential for danger online.
* Keep the computer or laptop in a common room of the house, not in a child’s room.
* Use parental controls available from Internet service providers or use blocking software.
* Always maintain access to a child’s online account and monitor their emails.
* Teach children responsible use of online resources.
* Find out about computer protection used at school, at the library and with friends.
* Never automatically assume that what you say to a child online is the truth.