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Fort Worth, Texas,
16
April
2014

7 dangerous Apps that parents need to know about

A look into the some of the scariest Apps for your kids

I work in public relations at Cook Children's. It’s my job to be on social networking sites, peruse the internet and keep up with the latest Apps offered on smartphones. It’s a great job and I love what I do, but over the last couple years, I have learned so much about the dangers of Smart Phone Apps. It’s downright scary.

Technology, especially if you’re a little behind the times, can be very deceptive. Your kids may be downloading Apps that you think are innocent and just a simple way for them to keep in contact with their buddies, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case.

To keep your children safe, it’s best that you monitor their phone. Look through their apps, texts and pictures. They may feel that you’re invading their privacy, but let’s be honest… You’re paying the phone bill, so you can do whatever you want! So, as you monitor your kid’s phone, keep an eye out for these 7 apps you may not be aware of, that in my opinion are very dangerous:

  • Yik Yak – This App is one of the newest and one of the most dangerous. It allows users to post text-only Yaks of up to 200 characters. The messages can be viewed by the 500 Yakkers who are closest to the person who wrote the Yak, as determined by GPS tracking. Users are exposed to – and contributing -sexually explicit content, abusive language and personal attacks so severe that schools are starting to block the App on their Wi-Fi. Although the posts are anonymous, kids start revealing personal information as they get more comfortable with other users.
  • SnapChat – This App allows users to send photos that will disappear after 10 seconds. Once the recipient opens the picture, the timer starts. Then it’s gone. From both the sender's phone and the recipient’s phone. However, the recipient can take a screen shot of the photo and have it to share with others. This App enables kids to feel more comfortable “sexting” with peers.
     
  • KiK Messenger – This is a private messenger app and is coveted by those under 18 for a number of reasons. The App allows kids to send private messages that their parents can’t see. There is very little you can do to verify the identity of someone on Kik, which obviously poses the risk of sexual predators chatting with your child. And again, this is an easy tool for sexting.
     
  • Poof –The Poof App allows users to make Apps disappear on their phone with one touch. Kids can hide every app they don’t want you to see on their phone. All they have to do is open the App and select the ones they don’t want you to see. Very scary! The good news about this App is it is no longer available, which isn't uncommon for these types of Apps. But, if it was downloaded before it was deleted from the App store, your child may still have it. Keep in mind that Apps like this are created and then terminated pretty quickly by Android and Apple stores, but there are similar ones being created constantly. Some other names include: Hidden Apps, App Lock and Hide It Pro.
     
  • Omegle – This App has been around since 2008, with video chat added in 2009.  When you use Omegle you do not identify yourself through the service – chat participants are only identified as “You” and “Stranger”. You don't have to register for the App. However, you can connect Omegle to your Facebook account to find chat partners with similar interests.  When choosing this feature, an Omegle Facebook App will receive your Facebook “likes” and try to match you with a stranger with similar likes. This is not okay for children. There is a high risk of sexual predators and you don’t want your kids giving out their personal information, much less even talking to strangers.
     
  • Whisper – This is a meeting App that encourages users to post secrets. You post anonymously, but it displays the area you are posting from. You can search for users posting within a mile from you. A quick look at the App and you can see that online relationships are forming constantly on this App, but you never know the person behind the computer or phone. One man in Washington was convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl he met on this App just last year.
     
  • Down – This application, which used to be called “Bang with Friends,” is connected to Facebook. Users can categorize their Facebook friends in one of two ways: they can indicate whether or not a friend is someone they'd like to hang with or someone they are "down" to hook up with. The slogan for the App: “The anonymous, simple, fun way to find friends who are down for the night.” If that alone doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will!

I know it's overwhelming to keep up with your kids and their online habits. But just remember to check their phones often, and even more importantly have real life conversations with them. Discuss the dangers of the Apps and make sure they understand the need to keep personal information private.

I want to know what Apps your kids are using. Comment below!

Please note: You can turn location services, or GPS, off on cell phones by going in to the device settings. This will keep the Apps and photos from posting the exact location or whereabouts of the phone user.

About the author

Kristin Peaks is the Senior Digital & Social Media specialist at Cook Children’s. Kristin is a sports fanatic. Born and raised in Fort Worth, Kristin spends her extra time with friends and family, and loves volunteering. Her dream job is to be a Monday Night Football sideline reporter.

Comments (823)
Emily |
28
Oct
2014
Okay, first lets go over a couple of these apps I have used myself.Kik: It is not a social media site, and your older children are potentially safe on there as long as they have common sense. You can only add people if you know their username or if their phone number is already in your phone, it is not, and NEVER has been an app to "browse" people you are interested.Snapchat: Now, i find Snapchat completely boring, but it does not ENCOURAGE children to "sext", if your children are using SnapChat to sext, that is due to your own lack of parenting skill. Omegle: When you get on their site there is a regular chat, and one for 18 , so if your children are able to read, which they should be if they are on there, then they could clearly see that they are not 18 . Whisper: It is a GOOD site to share secrets. Did they advertise it for children? No, so you parenting should know that it is not a app for your children to have. But at the same time, it is for telling secrets, not known facts of everyone, so EXPECT secrets.My final word is, if you let your children live in fear that everything on the internet will get them raped or kidnapped, you will screw them for being a normal, functioning adult. Keep them safe, they should know not to share full names or addresses, but let them enjoy their time on the internet rather than filling their minds with this ongoing fear that the world will do nothing but harm them. THEY'RE kids, they will learn however they decide to learn those lessons. Educate your children rather than allowing them to be ignorant, in turn leading to continued stories of children getting victimized on the internet....
aMom |
22
Oct
2014
As a mom, I wish these children and teens would realize it is not that we don't trust them, we don't trust the numerous sick, perverted, child predators out there in the world... Children and teens are impressionable, they want to fit in, and find people they have things in common with, and the predators out there know this and will lie and manipulate to get what they want. Every day we see more and more kids running away or disappearing either to never be seen again, or to show up years later with horrific stories of what they went through. It is a fear that every parent has ad we want to do what ever we can to keep our children safe... Typically if you don't hide things from your parents, and you talk with them honestly about things in your life, and you are open to your parents knowing who all your friends are and having contact with their parents, then your parents should have no reason not to trust you. However when you hide things from your parents and lie to them trust us broken and they feel the need to protect you more...
A Crazed, Irrational 15-year-old |
15
Oct
2014
I would just like to say that on the whole, we teenagers are not irresponsible and we don't act in the manner you are suggesting we do. I get the urge to do this things, but my better judgment always wins through. None of my friends sext or give away personal info to strangers on the Internet. Teenagers are not strange, separate animals bent on our own destruction. If you would treat us like adults with at least some reasoning capacity, and guide us toward the appropriate sexual morals, instead of completely restricting our access to the things that concern you, it would help immensely. If you act like these things are evil and deadly and tell us eye don't know how to handle ourselves it will simply convince us that we are being held back. We will want to push against the boundaries, not meekly abide them. That is the hallmark of adolescence. Work with us, please.
Storm |
05
Oct
2014
To all the parents on here who think it is okay to Monitor your kid, you are psycho. First of all if, your kid is not in the mid-late teens they do not need an internet-accessible phone. But once your kid reaches a certain age you need to trust that your parenting skills have taught your kids well enough about the dangers of annonymous apps etc. If you are giving your kid access to the internet and dont think they are smart enough to use it, you haven't done your job properly.
brittni |
03
Oct
2014
hi my name is brittni and i agree with u and you should put this on facebook so other people whould know
Fabulary |
02
Oct
2014
Children/teens don't need a smart phone unless you, as a parent and due to your own pride, absolutely have to keep up appearances and keep up with the neighbors (AKA "the Joneses?"). A basic cell phone is all they need for communication to or from you, to or from school or to dial 911. Our 7 children only have that and we have had no problems with any of them. We don't need to monitor because they only have talk and text....no pix. And we talk several times a week about texting, often asking them to show us their test messages which they do so willingly. When they leave home for college or a job, it is up to them to pay for a different phone although we will still pay for the basics. But we also have personal informational discussions before they leave and before they purchase a smart phone. We show them examples of what has or could happen in cases of misuse of the phone and/or apps. Wake up people! What do they really need...or what does your pride need????
F Dort |
01
Oct
2014
Thanks for the info. Gave my son his first phone for school....it was a big scary step. Oi Vey...just want to take it back!
SB |
30
Sep
2014
well... That is true, but you forgot a big one: Instagram. My daughter was bullied through it, and she told the girl to stop being so rude and my daughter got in trouble for it, and the new private messege thing on it just makes everything even worse... And Instagram gives locations, like on-the-map. Very dangerous...
hi |
28
Sep
2014
I think kid should have there own freedom on the mobile devices
trudy |
23
Sep
2014
APP - MELT, BADOO, VINE, HOT OR NOT, TOUCH AND LINE, MONITOR - mobicip seems to be an excellent choice. The free one does a lot of blocking. The paid one is $10 a year.
Amanda |
17
Sep
2014
Also, TEXT NOW is a HORRIFIC app...someone somehow stole my daughter's cousin's "phone number" they give you to text or call people if you don't have "phone" capabilities like my child does not on her ipod...They posed as her 11 year old girl cousin (now the ONLY people she had on her text now app were me, my mom and her young cousin). This person posed as an 11 year old girl and then started asking my ten year old daughter to send her naked pictures and that if she loved her she would...luckily my kid is smart enough to tell them no way and her mom would be really mad and brought the ipod and convo to me. Police have been notified but nothing came of it.
Becky Huss |
16
Sep
2014
My 13 year old doesn't have a smart phone. That alone keeps 99% of the problems under control. She has a tablet that she turns in each night at bedtime. Her app account is linked to our email, so we can see every app she purchases.We also talk to her about the dangers of "cyber strangers" and have tried to let her know the real dangers associated with chatting with people you don't know. All in all, communication is key. We talk to our daughter daily. The tablet is checked often. Her phone is just a phone. She can text. Guess what, our phone company keeps every text she sends.
barbara |
10
Sep
2014
I send my 14 year daughter to uk as she was getting in bad trouble from some kids my she is still in contact with them on twitter i would like to know how can i block these people from here
Ian |
07
Sep
2014
I am not sure you can justify going through their phone by saying we pay the bills. I pay the mortgage as well but wouldn't read their diary. Educating them in the use of social media rather than spying on them is perhaps a better approach.
Debbie |
05
Sep
2014
Just don't give minor children a smart phone. Problem solved, kids kept safe. A plain old cell phone would allow them to call home and friends.
Destiny |
01
Sep
2014
I think all of you need to realize that even though, yes these apps have potential to hurt your children, everything does. Every app and any app. Yes, you can constantly check everything your children/teenagers do and have, but be realistic, that's really only going to make your kids want to hide more from you. You have to build a relationship and trust with them. Yes, it's important for them to be safe but if you actually have a relationship with them then they'll talk to you, and tell you things.
Verona O'Brien |
29
Aug
2014
Is there anyway you can watch netflix etc but block other websites on your smart tv
Lacy |
27
Aug
2014
Good info --- but how about NOT getting your child a smart phone instead.
Lorrielovesparties |
26
Aug
2014
Warning: If your son or daughter sends or accepts a nude photo, they can be prosecuted for distributing child pornography. (no matter what their age) It happened last year to some kid who accepted his girlfriends nude selfie.
Phil |
25
Aug
2014
I have a 14 yr. old daughter who had skyped with some male strangers, (supposedly her age) in Texas, and Florida. When i found out she said she met them in a chat room. I immediately told her to end the relationships, and now carefully monitor her use of the internet, as every child in her school get an ipad for the school year. this scares me to death...Please keep me informed of the best way to monitor where she navigates the internet. It is a very scary place for kids her age who tend to make bad choices due to their young age....
Jess |
24
Aug
2014
Uhhhh. . .I'm 16. I use Snapchat to send pictures to my best friend (usually stupid or of new purchases or of our pets), she uses snapchat when we go out and sends it to me, or to show me her makeup. I use kik to talk to my younger cousin because it's her preferred messenger app and all her friends use it. My best friend goes on Omegle to have random conversations, not sexual ones. It's how people (not just teens) use these apps, I do not use them for sexual purposes, and neither do the people around me. And to the person talking about vine, the creativity that can be expressed through it is amazing, like ultra short movies. Your article worries parents, if my parents read this my rights would be taken away even though I use the apps responsibly.
Melissa |
15
Aug
2014
I have snapchat and kik but NEVER EVER and will not post ANYTHING bad especially since my dad is a cop
Isaac |
13
Aug
2014
You guys have to have a little faith in your kids
sejal |
12
Aug
2014
instragram snapchat
Anonymous |
12
Aug
2014
the irony is this is an article on the internet. But yes i believe not only monitoring your child on the internet but keeping your child away from it. As a parent I put a password on my daughters access to the app store. I also check the apps she bought every 3 months just in-case there is one i happened to "miss"
jerry |
12
Aug
2014
stop hating apps and take responsibility to raise your kids right.
Teen girl |
11
Aug
2014
U guys are all extremely over protective. If u keep it up your kids will NEVER survive in the real world.
Teenage girl |
11
Aug
2014
I would just like to say that if your and overprotective parent and deleting in inacent apps like kik or snapchat just wow... Can I just put something out there? I have never sexted in my life, no one I know has ever sexted. We know better! And kik, your Facebook friends are added automatically on this app. You can text classmates without there number! This makes finding homework help easy! If you see an app like snapchat or kik DONT PANICK!!! Or really any app that makes you unconfortable then ask your kid about it! Okay with some of these I agree but please, give your kids a chance. If you don't trust us we won't trust you.
An "out of control" teen |
10
Aug
2014
Yes, teens and children can get in trouble with these things, but not all of them do. Everyone suspects teens as naive, out of control people, when honestly they're not. You're all grown ADULTS acting this way over a few apps. I'm sorry, but I'm taking the kids side on this one. Come on people! You were all hormonal teens at one time! You should remember what they're all going through. They're still trying to figure out who they are. Big changes are going on in them right now. The only app I see that is potentially "dangerous" would be poof. (Which is practically harmless considering it only HIDES apps your kids don't want you to see.) therefore they MAY be hiding something. Give us a break. And by us I mean teens. You have to remember, we ARENT children anymore!! Do you seriously want your teens sitting in the floor watching Dora the explorer the whole time?! Don't you want to them live their life. Come on! You're only kid for a short period of time!! If you want to keep your children safe, start treating them like young adults and lay down the rules. Explain to them about the dangers out in this world. Because in a few years, your "Child" will be out In that world all by the self. They're are going to have to learn something from their parents.
pheniox |
09
Aug
2014
look im a 13 year old, and dont think im naive or something because im not. not every kid does this uses these apps for sexually enhanced ideas but you just hyave to trust your kid and talkl with your kids. i have had many sex related talks with my parents and we are very open with things like that, and i hav enever had any reason to do that. a lot of kids at my middle school have some of these apps and so do i. snap chat we use to send harmless and funny selfies instagram i just post pictures of me and my dance friends nothing sexual at all. if you are worried about instagram you can but your childs account on privite where they have to have people requst to follow them. kik i use to talk to my friends who have limited messaging. and ask fm you can block annoynemos posts. just be open in your house about certain topics and your kids will trust you and have no reson to do anything like this. sometimes you have to realize that one day they will be out in the big bad world and they wont always have mommy And daddy to protect them. an i got my phone in the fourth grade and it was a flip phone for safty reasons and im now in eighth grade and i just got a smart phone because i proved to my parent that i am trust worthy
carrie kitty |
08
Aug
2014
snap chat isnt bad. There is TOS (terms of service.) and if any porn/bad language can be spammed and ban
samir |
08
Aug
2014
Other Apps similar to KiK include Touch and Line...all run on the exact same premise.
Privchat |
08
Aug
2014
This article is indeed informative. With such kind of apps are useful for business purpose but kinds are using and parents should be stop them for doing bad things with this.
ashley |
08
Aug
2014
Anyone who has a wifi router at home, and is paying for internet service can go to the wifi routers web address(ask your provider) . Once there you can block websites, keywords, etc.. on any or all devices using that wifi. It will come up blocked if anyone tries searching whatever you blocked. No way around it. However if their wifi is off and you are using a cellphones Internet connection it will not work. However it does work for all those who have an ipod and not a smart phone. Even people will use wifi over cell signal internet.
Voice of Reason |
08
Aug
2014
On the other hand, I'm pretty sure most teenagers posses at least a LITTLE common sense. Apps like Kik and Snapchat are used by the vast majority of teens as ways to share and communicate with friends. I don't deny that teens use these apps in sexual ways, I can actually tell you that this happens rather often, but by blocking and banning and blacklisting these things you're not solving anything, you're actually creating a problem. Teens have sexual desires, they masturbate, they watch pornography, they have sexual interactions with each other, all these things are to be expected of a hormonally driven, developing human. By causing such an uproar about the slightest signs of sexual content in something a teen has access to you make sexuality taboo. By saying there are no sexual norms you throw a wrench in the whole teenage development process. The issue with how teens and technology interact isn't caused by what teens have acess to, it's caused by the authoritative figures who feel they need to LIMIT acess.
Sb |
08
Aug
2014
You parents are insane , mind as we'll just block hormones in your teens life. Kids are gonna have sex, send nudes and do these things, their in high school. Do you want them sitting at home watching sprout or something, there not babies there gonna be exposed to these things . In fact we mind alas well just put chips on them and follow them everywhere they go, definantly don't want them doing anything crazy like having a social life, privacy, or even fun
mangal jadhav |
07
Aug
2014
My son is 12 years old. He use mobile. how we are watching the son mobile. Pl Guide me.Thank You.
not putting my name |
06
Aug
2014
ok really I have a snap chat and a kik and my mom know im 13 I have a b honor roll this world is so crazy phones protect kids STOP ALWAYS THINKING KIDS ARE DOING SOMETHING WRONG all we hear is bad stuff about what kids do can we hear some positive please thank u and now kids might on this website and download those app since there so dangerous
Julie Reynolds |
06
Aug
2014
What about Instagram at 13?
Harry Rodriquez |
05
Aug
2014
We had a similar experience with whisper. My son had been chatting with some women and we didn't know it. we didn't understand why he never showed us his phone. after a week or two my daughter did some investigation and saw the app. when he got home we talked about it, but in the middle of talking the door bell rang and guess who showed up.
Your worst nightmare |
05
Aug
2014
No matter what you do there is a way for your kids to view innapropriate material and inappropriate apps. Undoubtedly they know more about it than you, and it is easy to detect and delete spying apps without you knowing about it, even to post false results, for example a simple one is coded browsers. People can use kik on the browser and if you block that they can download another browser, maybe one with a passcode. If you monster the wifi they can go to a Internet cafe or even our loo library has wifi. You have one chance to bust your kid b4 they wise up. Use it wisely.
Keith |
03
Aug
2014
What about "Vine" app? My 13 year old is using somethingto text incognito. Very frustrating!
Patricia |
02
Aug
2014
Meow is a bad one. Line is a japanese texting app, and is not as dangerous as the others. Whatsapp is a little bad, although most people use it for contact about buying things. Instagram is bad though.
Gary |
02
Aug
2014
Can't the police monitor and trace back via GPS and snare the groomers and predators?
FuFu |
02
Aug
2014
I don't understand why these people are saying things like "Kids shouldn't have phones" They need phones to communicate with their friends. I was about 9 when I had my first phone. It was only a cheap £20 phone but I could still communicate with my friends and store music on it.
abby |
02
Aug
2014
DO NOT TAKE YOUR CHILDS PHONE. My mom learned the hard way that by doing this you are just breaking trust and pushing away someone you love. My mom used to always take my sisters phone away when she was in high school and she would be rude and give the whole family the silent treatment. Before i had a phone ( 6th, 7th grade) all my friends had the iphone 4s ( and tons of cute cases). As a result i felt extremely left out and angry at my mom for some reason. I would always find ways to give my mom panic attacks (i.e. not show up home from school until 5:30 because i had to finish a math test and couldnt tell her, not answer the home phone when i was home alone because it had a very quite buzz and i could say i didnt hear it)
Katie Sands |
02
Aug
2014
All these untrustworthy parents disgust me. If your children are using their phones innaproprietly its because you dont communicate with them and treat them like adults. You dont need to spy on them or "monitor" their devices!!! THE KEY IS TRUST! If youtThink youre child doesnt need a phone until they drive you are CRAZY, OLDFASHIONED, and quite frankly PARANOID
Hanging hang |
01
Aug
2014
I used to have kik than a girl started to send me nasty pics so I had to delete it
Maria |
01
Aug
2014
I don't understand what makes Yik Yak or Kik dangerous. If the users on Yik Yak are anonymous, and a kid posts sexual information about themselves, they're still anonymous,so what bad things could happen? Also, with Kik, kids have to give each other their Kik names to text each other so I don't see how a predator could get involved. Please explain.
Linnie |
01
Aug
2014
Thanks for the tips. On my moms ipad and quickly learned all about the cool apps. Thanks!
Chelsea |
31
Jul
2014
Oh my god, I will never get over how small minded American parents are. I stumpled upon this page whilst googling how to do something on Facebook and i'm honestly baffled by the stupidity. My parents trust me and I have Twitter,Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Snapchat, 8Tracks and more. They don't check up on any of these accounts because they trust me and know they don't need to. I'm 14 and I have my own phone, laptop, and ipod and I've never sexted, looked at a porn website or done anything 'inappropriate'. I use my devices for listening to music,chatting to friends, making new friends (which my parents know of) (but they must be sex predators?? RIGHT????!!! lmao), blogging about my favourite things, help with homework, and for helping me understand issues which are important to me. I know a lot more about the world than a lot of stuck up adults because I don't refuse to use these things. YOU may have got along fine without these things just fine but the world has moved on and you're not in the loop if you don't have certain devices. I always know what's going on in the world and the recent news. You're honestly a very sad little human being f you take away or even get rid of your childrens devices, and I hope they all move out the soonest chance they get.
Amanda |
31
Jul
2014
thank you for not only diligently researching, but also for sharing all of your valuable research with the public.
Bill |
31
Jul
2014
We need to be aware.
A Normal Person |
31
Jul
2014
Yeah, why don't you just block every app instead of teaching your kids how to have fun with those amazing apps in a way that does not put them in harms way. Are you going to be there when they offer them drugs in college too to "block" those drugs?
emily blue |
31
Jul
2014
snapchat is not that ad i do it with my friends only so its not that bad for me and omgle that's not that bad if u don't like the person u r seeing on the other end end the chat and go to another one
Debi K |
31
Jul
2014
You’re paying the phone bill, so you can do whatever you want!So now it depends on us paying their bill that give us the right to keep tabs on them? 1st paying in and of itself does not give a body the right to do anything unless that has been agreed to upfront... so you have two choices here; make that business deal with your kids right up front ORrealize that because of age and your parentage it is your duty to check on the stuff your children visit and do.But paying does not give rights in and of itself.Ever
carissa |
31
Jul
2014
if you are so worried about these apps on your kids phones, then an easy solution to that is don't buy them the phones that can have apps on them. buy them a phone that you can text and make calls only on. kids these days are spoiled with phones and other electronics and they are horrible at person to person interaction. i do not look at my childrens phones without asking them first. they have a right to their privacy too. you must have trust with them in order to have them trust them.
callie |
30
Jul
2014
good article
Blahhhhhhh |
30
Jul
2014
No offense but u turned all these apps around and made them all sound terribly bad. All kids are different and will use these apps differently, I hope you realize that because this is non-sense and very over exaggerated.
Kyle |
29
Jul
2014
I am 13 years old, and I believe that parents need to CALM DOWN. All these examples here are rare, one in a thousand. I have about half of these apps. Instagram is for photo sharing, not anything else. Vine is just for sharing funny little 7 second videos. I funny is fine if you just stay in the featured and popular sections. We know not to use phones badly. Another funny thing is that some "adults" on here (notice the "") Are using horrible grammar and spelling. I find that hilarious. Also, the rumor that all these "kids" are getting phones, is fake. I just got my phone, a Samsung brightside that has no access to apps, WiFi, internet, data, etc., last year.
sydney |
29
Jul
2014
Just a thought for those whose children don't have phones - their friends may or probably do and they may have these apps. (My child's middle school started allowing students to bring phones to school for educational purposes last year.) Good to talk about with your child regardless so they can be aware of what's out there and keep the lines of communication open. And lots of prayer that they will make wise choices.
valorie |
29
Jul
2014
I am not a parent but a kid myself. I use snapchat,kik,omegle, whisper and poof. Now i understand the risk of these apps i will stop using them.
Rachel |
29
Jul
2014
Also, to those saying that teens or children do not need phones because you never had one and they are corrupting us, we hsould be outside playing-no! no no no no no, if you had grown up with technology advancing in such a manner infrotn of you then you would want a piece of that too! It is a way to keep in touch with friends easily and the keep entertained! What if we dont want to play outside!! What if wed rather sit inside, it does us no harm? If this technology had been around when you were young im almost certain you would exercise your right to choose whether you wanted to go outside and 'play' or sit inside on apps or games. to use an economical example, since when has the expansion of the variety of consumer goods and the consequent increase in choice ever been a bad thing?! Just because you didn't have it doesn't mean its bad. its just different.
rachel |
29
Jul
2014
As a teenager myself (recently 17), happening to come a cross this i was rather annoyed to read most of the comments here. Yes, there are dangers to all of these things, which there are also with facebook and instagram may i add (as some of those commenting seem to be saying these are exempt). However, us teenagers aren't brain dead! And yes, it is a huge invasion of privacy to snoop on your childs phone notmatter who pays the bills, how would you like it the other way around? Your mother snooping through your phone? Everyone deserves privacy! Talk to your teens by all means and inform them of the danger of private information and responsible ways to act, but then let them live their lives!! Most of those commenting seem to not trust their childs mental capability at all! I use a lot of apps often and i use them responsibly, not because i was told so even, but due to simple common sense! My overall message here is that there is a line between protecting your child by giving them the right information and guidance, and treating them like they don't have a brain and need to be constantly monitored, as this, for me, would really make me feel like i had no independence to speak of if i couldn't even use my phone without it being thoroughly examined. Let them live!!!
maddi |
28
Jul
2014
parents some of you need to hop off! Randomly searching your childs PERSONAL devices is not gonna get you anywhere.
teenager |
28
Jul
2014
lol you also forgot instagram,safari,twitter,hot or not,chatroulette ETC. you make it sound like every app is awful, if you trust your kids with them
Trent nicholls |
27
Jul
2014
Kik messenger I have moniterd and researched and there is nothing wrong with it
madison |
27
Jul
2014
Yall are stupid
Whatever |
27
Jul
2014
I am a teenager, some vines are bad, some whispers are bad, some people on kik are bad. But everything has good and bad kik saved my little sisters life because a stranger she met (they are the same age) talked her out of suicide. Don't give kids an I device until they are 13 or older honestly, and stop blaming the apps. Do what my parents did use your apple store account on their devices, allow them to have password, so whatever app they download will be available on yours it's way better than search the device our I devices aren't even cellphones! They're iPads. Give your kids a cheap eBay phone on your network that doesn't even connect to the internet if y'all are that worried sheesh.
Patricia l Stahler |
26
Jul
2014
I did not know about this app.need to protect the children from this app
Prof. R.T. Santi |
26
Jul
2014
I think the realization of dangers in this article is not caused by the variety of apps that are out there, but rather the phone itself. If parents do not want their children to be downloading these apps and are actually concerned for the child's safety....then DON"T get them the smartphone they've always wanted. If you insist on your child having a phone for communication purposes (talking and texting that is), then purchase a cheap phone with a cheap plan. Simply put, YOU, the parent are responsible for what happens to your child if you give them the ability to get all of this content.
Ashley |
25
Jul
2014
Or you could try teaching your kids why things like these are dangerous in the first place, that way you could save yourselves (and them) the trouble. The amount of bad parenting in this article is scary. As someone who grew up with overprotective parents, it might prove useful for you to know that just flat-out telling them not to do these things with little to no explanation won't work. In fact, it's likely to just make them sneakier about hiding things from you. The phrase "They may feel that you’re invading their privacy, but let’s be honest… You’re paying the phone bill, so you can do whatever you want!" was the scariest of all. It IS invading their privacy, and if they catch you looking at their phone, you might permanently lose their trust.Also, keep in mind that making mistakes is how people learn. As long as you've taught them not to tell strangers where they live, they'll probably be fine.
Peter |
25
Jul
2014
Great article, Kristin. Which phone security packages do you recommend, particularly for monitoring Kik?
Vivian |
25
Jul
2014
This is stupid.... What are you parents going to do? Delete the apps... I mean seriously if your kid isn't responsible enough to know that they shouldn't give apps or tell people personal information then they shouldnt even be allowed to go outside.... The worst one of this list is kik, kik is just a texting app, and random people can't add you unless you accept it.... I use kik daily because I can't use my texting app for various reasons, and I know for a fact it's not dangerous.... Just teach your kids how to properly use the internet and there should be no problems with letting them have these happy or a phone
Steve |
24
Jul
2014
Forget trying to keep track. Take the phone away, stop giving open access to the Internet and lock down the computers in the house. Why? Cause predators are awaiting your kids or teens to get online. Don't fall a victim or let your loved ones fall a victim. Sure they access the Internet elsewhere, but take your part in expanding on the dangers and why you're doing it. As parents or guardians you need to take action. Don't fall a victim of this!
Michael |
24
Jul
2014
I strongly disagree with what a lot of you are putting here. You should teach like another user here said, not just go for deleting and blocking. If you teach children about dangers then they won't be as curious about them. If you block and disable, the teenager will find ways to look at it anyways because of their curiosity of what's so dangerous about it. Also if you go through their phone, they will think you don't trust them, and will lead to future issues. Do you really want to give your teen the illusion that you don't trust them? That's a horrible parenting technique.
Tech Guy |
24
Jul
2014
I have a fix for all these apps. Don't buy your kid a smart phone. Issue resolved
Lol |
23
Jul
2014
Talking Angela
Nicole |
23
Jul
2014
Okay I'm a kid and a reason why some of us have phones is for a good reason and some of these apps have a thing were you can block people you have every right to be concern but just check your kids phone like 2 a week and don't tell them when you are and if you find some they don't need to be on take their phone away or like put a lock on bad apps and websites that's what my friend mom do
Heidi |
23
Jul
2014
Be aware
angel |
23
Jul
2014
Ok this is quite stupid kids should be allowed to contact there friends on these apps i preety sure where younger yall would of done the same thing and yall should be able to trust your kids instead of being so up tight unless you want them to sneak around your back and kids need phones to talk to people cause im preety sure if you dont let them have a phone you dont let them go anywhere which is preety fucked up atleast let them talk to there friends andwhat if an emergeency happenen and they cant contact you then what ?
Anonymous |
23
Jul
2014
Maybe you shouldn't be so controlling over your children. Seriously, what are you protecting them from? If you have GPS disabled, all thats really left is porn. Porn. Yes, evil porn. The thing you are scared of is something you can't stop. Oh no, your 12 year old is gonna a vagina a couple years early. Maybe you should look at what kids are who don't have restrictions on their apps. Are they "corrupted" to you? No they are normal children. If you're trying to help they stay out of trouble, then talk to them. Not be the equivalent of a dictator to your household. Talk to your kids and left them make their decisions. Talk to them about everything you're scared about them for. Not prevent them from being able to do anything without you seeing. Jesus Christ they are people too, all be it they are children, you still shouldn't suffocate them. How would you like if you were restricted from what you could use on your phone. God damn it, this is America. Not North Korea.Your kids deserve freedom.
daryl |
22
Jul
2014
fs its called privacy leave them to do what they want. its an app and has to pass certain standards and cant do anything you dont want to do.
Angela |
22
Jul
2014
Oh come on, kids are kids, let them get on with it, it's the only way they will learn! Obviously I will protect my son from anything, but I'm not going to go and check his computer and his phone, that's rude and intrusive. My son tell's me if something is up or not right, he uses some of these apps and is smart enough to not divulge into the sexual region... I think it's so stupid that these kind of articles tell us to check our child's electronic devices and spoon feed them forever, the only way they will learn is if they find it out themselves with your help, not if you just completely stop them from doing it, because they will always find a way around it.
Randi |
22
Jul
2014
How about this, Why don't parents sit down and have a conversation about this. Implement a 3 strikes and your phones gone policy. Have the chat with them about what can happen if they aren't safe, then if they violate it, take their phone. Blocking apps from the appstore wont do anything. When I was a 14 year old my parents deleted my myspace, but I created a facebook. They deleted FFM, but I installed new apps that allowed me to do the same thing. They can create their own apple ID and change passwords on you. they can block you from everything.
Vivek Sharma |
21
Jul
2014
It is best app for kids to learn maths while playing. Parents has full access to kids play time. Ninja apps gives hints how to solve maths problem. Just check out https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=screentime.ninja
jj |
21
Jul
2014
talking angela is a dangerous game its a man asking really rude questions
amber |
21
Jul
2014
Ok I get it I know that you guys are just trying to look after your kids but sheltering them is not the way to go make them wanna do it even more
Rhiannon |
21
Jul
2014
These aren't dangerous if monitored properly. They aren't meant to be dangerous either they are suppose to be enjoyable and a cheaper option rather than paying for texts. Also viber s the same as them except u can call as well
StarStrife |
21
Jul
2014
As a person in their early 20s, this article is of little practical help to parents. If your child is abusing these apps and viewing unsuitable content, they are capable of deceiving you. By the time you see this list of apps, literally a million more will be released on the App Store. Children nowadays are so radically more tech savvy than their parents, it's literally impossible to forcibly prevent kids from downloading such apps. You set a password to download apps? Create a dummy Apple account with a free email address, log out, log back in with the new account, and you're in. Total access. Want to hide messages or pictures from a parent? You don't even need an app if you know where to store your data. Blocked WiFi? Log into one of the dozens of other connections in the area. Need to obtain a password? Set up a free key logger and your parents will have no idea what happened. Censored internet? Use a proxy and you won't even have to install a program to make it happen. The possibilities for deception are easy and endless. (I'm familiar with most of these because of my programming background)Parents are much better off teaching their children why some apps can be dangerous and what to watch out for. Nor can you reasonably deny your child a smartphone or internet access for long. I'm shocked to see parents who say they check their child's phone regularly. I mean, it's one thing to make sure they're not accidentally doing something harmful, but if you really can't trust your child, you have bigger issues than what apps they have.
Billy |
21
Jul
2014
How would you tell if your partner h these apps
Kimber |
20
Jul
2014
My daughter has problems with the song from the app dump ways to die, she's 9 years old and turning ten in a few weeks, she says the tune scares her. I think it has to do with the death part.. She is also bothered by the idea of creepypasta. She's never seen it and wishes not to.. But she can't get rid of her fear of dumb ways to die,.. It's a horrible app that's probably why it's rated 12 But it honestly should be on AppStore.. She also freaks out about if others like her sister more.. Anyone know what's with this horrid app?
joseph hatala |
20
Jul
2014
What should i do
mew |
20
Jul
2014
Glenda Rippeto ; dumb ways to die is just a little game, you cant contact anyone from it, its pretty fun. Vine isnt even bad unless you go looking for it, it also depends on who you follow, or what hashtags you look up. My little brother (12) gets on omegle, and talks to ' little girls' or so they say. One time an '11 year old girl' was asking my brother if hes ' done anything' with a girl, when i told my mother she didn't do anything. -.- Im constantly telling her not to give him so much privacy. Me, as a 15 year old know not to be getting into inapropriate things, and i dont, I've seen too many bad things happen to other children my age, and rather not risk anything!
kat |
20
Jul
2014
my child she is 15 and she was using the sex master app after 2 years of having the same boyfriend! di u think she had sex with him?
Case |
20
Jul
2014
Problem with you helicopter parents is you think you've got a handle on your kids, yet they're smoking you with the technology you gave them! Why every ten yr old needs a smart phone with full internet access is beyond me....like...duh! You thought you were smarter than your parents, guess what, these kids are smarter at screwing their parents around than you can ever imagine!
Teresa Walker |
19
Jul
2014
You need to read this and forward on to friends
Shannon |
19
Jul
2014
What about ask.fm?
Traci Martin |
19
Jul
2014
If you don't put age restrictions on your kids phone they can even watch porn on YouTube. And they will wander into that innocently by seeing one video that looks funny and it links to another with a higher rating etc. Soon your 11 year old innocence is gone. I learned that the hard way. Not knowing I didn't set up the age restrictions correctly. And this goes for every device. Including computers and kindles.
Jayati (not a parent, just a random kid) |
19
Jul
2014
Hi, Im 16 and I have a small sister she is 11. Our parents live in Canada which is very very very far from us. We live with the rest of the family which includes our grandparents,uncles,aunts and cousins. Im the eldest kid in the family. Now I have an ipod touch, a tablet and other gadgets and there is 24x7 wifi. I won't lie but I have been very very very bad and my parents know it. When we used to live with our parents I made mistakes a lot of mistakes..I misused the web and etc. and my parents caught me..almost everytime. And yes they were mad at me..but then they always gave me second chances..and I kinda learned..from my mistakes..plus since I was a kid, I never really got a lot of freedom. I mean my parents never really allowed ..me to go out with friends,,and I wasn't allowed to make any boyfriends..and it turned out to be good..because I could've done something really stupid..which I didn't thanks to them. The problem with a lot of parents is that they give their child a lot of things at once,,first you let your kid learn how to drive and then you give them a phone! I mean really. Do you think that's okay. ?! They can go out by themselves and have sex with whoever they want. They have a phone, they can drive,,what's stopping them . ?! I never had a phone..still don't,.,not even when my parents are away and I can't even drive anything just a bicycle . But look Im fine. No one in my family cares what Im doing or why Im doing..and I have a little sister,,so if I do anything bad , she learns from me,, I have to teach her things..My parents,,always just you know let me learn by my self, They know I do bad things on the internet..I misuse..they get mad at me they don't talk to me but later they just tell me it's wrong..and I feel sorry...but then I do it again.!So eventually..I realized that all this time my parents were just helping me..and they were right,,there are bad people on the web and it's up to the kid if he/she wants to get involved..so parents you just let your kids discover,,let them know , they will realize..and if it get's too extreme you stop them,,,don't let them go out..don't let them touch the phone..don't let them lock their room..be a detective,,like you can tell if your kid is lying..just get to the roots..no privacy at all. So I hope this was helpful ...just don't let your kid cross the limit,...Parents you make the limit!And lastly every kid should get a phone but only when they're 18.
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