Also, Kik does not offer any parental controls and there is no way of authenticating users, thus making it easy for sexual predators to use the app to interact with minors. However, you post anonymously, but it displays the area you are posting from.You can also search for users posting within a mile from you.Instead, chat participants are only identified as “You” and “Stranger.” However, you can connect Omegle to your Facebook account to find chat partners with similar interests.
Others to look for: Hidden Apps, App Lock and Hide It Pro. Omegle: This app is primarily used for video chatting.
When you use Omegle, you do not identify yourself through the service.
Also, due to the rating system, it is often used for cyber-bullying, because a group of kids can target another kid and purposefully make his/her rating go down. Snapchat: This app allows a user to send photos and videos to anyone on his/her friend list.
The sender can determine how long the receiver can view the image and then the image “destructs” after the allotted time.
has been associated with nine documented cases of suicide in the U. Although the posts are anonymous, kids start revealing personal information as they get more comfortable with other users. Poof: This app allows users to make other apps “disappear” on their phone. But, if it was downloaded before it became unavailable, your child may still have it.
Kids can hide any app they don’t want you to see by opening the app and selecting other apps. Keep in mind that these types of apps are created and then terminated quickly, but similar ones are continuously being created.
The most important thing you can do as a parent to protect your children from dangers that are associated with the use of these apps is to talk with them frequently about their social lives.
You can start by establishing yourself as an approachable parent and talking with them early and often about sexuality and romantic relationships.
Users can rate profiles and find potential hook-ups via GPS location tracking. The good news is, this app pulls information from user’s Facebook profiles, so it is more authenticated than other apps.