Like it or not, thanks to COVID-19 quarantines, your kids are probably spending more time on their phones and computers than ever before. Kids need to be online, not only for remote learning but to maintain contact with their friends. But, now more than ever, it is urgent that parents are aware of what their kids are doing in the digital world.
Here are some apps that parents really need to steer their teens away from, as they are the favorites of sexual predators, who may be taking advantage of more kids being online during the lockdowns.
Kik allows anyone to contact and direct message to your child. Whisper is an anonymous social networking app that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. Hot or Not lets users rate others’ profiles, check out people in their area, and chat with strangers. Ask.fm encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions. Calculator is a secret app that allows your teen to hide photos, videos, files, and browser history.
The FBI warns against allowing your children or teens to use any of these apps.
To adequately protect your child, you not only have to make sure they know the dangers of internet perverts and predators but that you are aware of every app they are using on their phones.
Also tell them never to post their address, phone number, or location – or respond to numbers they don’t know.
And be aware, that even supposedly innocent and popular apps such as Tik Tok and Snapchat, are becoming more dangerous because due to their popularity, predators are posing as teens on these sites.
The website Family Education has published a comprehensive list of apps that could be dangerous for kids and teens.
Good luck, stay safe, wash your hands, do not touch your face – and STAY HOME!
We are all in this together!
Are there any apps that you know kids should avoid? Has your kid been victimized by anyone using a social media app? Please use the comments below.