Parents Beware if your Child uses any of these phone apps
SnapChat allows the user to send texts, photos, or videos with a “self destruct” capability after 1-10 seconds of being opened. Main app used amongst teenagers to send nude pics, bullying, sexting.
A Chinese based, Short Video sharing app which merged with the popular US based app, “musical.ly.” The app allows users to create short videos up to 15 seconds with looping capability. Verification process is flawed, Inappropriate content and frequented by Sexual Predators. TikTok recently fined for collecting personal information on users 13 and under.
Kik is a partially encrypted Canadian messaging app that uses a smartphone's data plan or Wi-Fi to transmit and receive messages, photos, videos, sketches, etc. Users do not need a phone # to register.
Omegle is a free online chat site/app that allows users to socialize with others without registering. The US service randomly pairs users in one- on-one chat sessions where they chat anonymously via text & video. The site includes an unmoderated section.
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.
Yubo (formerly Yellow) is a “Tinder for teens,” where users swipe to meet strangers, chat, and share photos/video. It has been used by predators to target teens, as well as teens to hookup with other teens. Yubo is based in France.
Ask an anonymous question and get an answer. This app has been linked to the most severe forms of cyberbullying.
Hot or Not
Hot or Not is a rating site that allows users to rate the attractiveness of photos submitted by others. The service offers a location-based match engine called ‘encounters.’ It is owned by UK-based dating site, Badoo
US-based Wishbone bills itself as a “comparison app,” allowing users to compare fashion, & celebrities. Kids are making comparisons of other kids, and using it for private messages.
Whisper is an anonymous social media app, allowing users to post and share photo and video messages. The postings, called "whispers", consist of text superimposed over an image.
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.
Online Gaming Chat functions designed for online gamers to talk across multiple gaming platforms. Discord has transformed into small private chat rooms for hackers, criminals, and sexual predators.
Down sorts a user’s Facebook friends by whether they are “down” to hookup. It promotes teen hookups, and has a classification system that can cause self-esteem issues. US-based.
Partially encrypted app used for text messaging, video and photo sharing. App has been a primary choice for sexual predators to communicate with their victims.
Video Sharing app where up to 8 people can join in a “group” and share text messages. Think Group Facetiming. Kids are starting to use it for “homework” sessions. Be careful…. Predators are also aware of this app.