As a parent you should be aware that children pick up the latest technology very fast. This means your child could also be visiting sites and using apps that are dangerous for their lives. Even more alarming is the fact that your children’s smartphones and the kind of apps found on their phones may be a gateway through which predators such as kidnappers and rapists enter their lives. The best way to shield your child is to know about the apps and the ones that could be dangerous. Here are the 6 most dangerous messaging apps for kids.
This is massaging app whose main goal is to ensure that message lasts only a few seconds once they’re opened up. This means you could send embarrassing picture and messages without fearing that someone might steal and share them without your knowledge. However, this claim is not true since there are several instances where teenage boys have gotten into trouble for capturing and sending illegal photos. Due to this reason snapchat is one of the most dangerous messaging apps for children.
This is perhaps one of the most risky apps for children. Kik allows children to send messages that you cannot see, or verify to identify both the sender and the receiver. Popular among the children who are 18 years and below, it’s also the most common app used by predators. Since it usually bypasses the wireless message services, it is easier for children to communicate to strangers without your knowledge. It’s, therefore, a messaging app that you should delete from child’s phone.
While snapchat has other uses other than sending inappropriate messages, Tinde is all about getting in touch with new sexual partners. This is something that you wouldn’t want your child to get involved in, right? It basically allows someone to create profile and see the images of the other person. If they feel that they like one another they can start a conversation through the app. This means any child who is using it will be getting involved with older people. They might, therefore, meet scammers, predators, and other variety of people that no one should get involved with.
This is also another anonymous messaging app that should be a no go zone for your child. Well, depending on their location and interests, whisper usually allows people to connect in groups and start telling secrets. Although it’s meant for those who are 17 years and above, 15 year olds are also allowed to use it. Since posts are called whispers, users can search for topics which they are comfortable with and reply them through an open personal chat or publicly. What makes it one of the most risky apps is that it’s anonymous hence any predator can easily get in touch with your kid.
Vine is a type of app that enables you to share a 6 second video. At first, it might seem as a very safe app but this is not true. When you consider how peer pressure is bad then you understand how serious it can become. As you must be aware, teens can always do anything for attention and acceptance and the best way to achieve this is by sending something crazy or edgy. Although most of the videos are harmless, some porn videos may pop in the feeds and expose your child to sexually explicit material. Predators, therefore, prefer to use to use it to search for children through their location.
Unlike other messaging apps, this app is completely anonymous. Users do not create an account or a profile. However, they can always post their comments which can be seen by up to 500 people. According to psychiatrists, this is perhaps the most dangerous messaging app. For instance, it can change a school into a chat room where everyone post their comments for others to read. It’s currently causing problems in many school across America. Several schools have, therefore, banned smartphones due to this app.
Although you may think you are an expert at navigating Facebook, Instagram and twitter, these are relatively safe apps for your kids as compared to these dangerous apps. It’s, therefore, very important to arm yourself with information and know lithe kind of apps that your children should access. You can also install a parental control software to alert you when your child downloads any inappropriate software.
Eli Taylor is part of the community team at Next Day PC. Eli enjoys staying on top of the latest tech trends and sharing how new tech can positively impact people’s lives.