TeenSafe, the world’s leading parental monitoring technology service, has blacklisted apps for teens — five in all. Known as hidden or vault apps they fly under the radar. For example, an app used for sexting can be disguised as a calculator. An app that encourages the hookup culture can be disguised as an every day mobile phone tool. All of these apps pose significant dangers that can lead to devastating consequences.
Devastating consequences. You read that, right? Because you really need to click on that link. Let me post it for you again, parents. Better yet, let me spell out the headline for you: Isis Trolls Teen Social Networks to Find Recruits. Here’s an excerpt:
“On Ask.fm, curious readers inquire about ISIS married life…In some of those answers, you’ll see a KIK username, encouraging users to message on a private app. As the process continues, some users are directed to more secure sites, such as a password-protected Jihadi Web forum.”
There’s also this story about a man arrested for raping a 15-year-old girl he met on KIK. Here’s another one about a 12-year-old who was raped by a man she also met via KIK and WHISPER.
Here are the top five risky apps for teenagers as determined by TeenSafe. Let’s keep Generation Z, the kids of Gen-Xers, safe!
Top 5 Risky Apps for Teenagers
- SNAPCHAT: One of the most popular apps for sexting among teens. Sexts can be saved even though they are supposed to disappear.
- KIK MESSENGER: Tweens and teens also Kik to send sexts. Predators can contact your child via Kik and send unsolicited sexts.
- TINDER: No age verification means your child could be “matched with adults on this popular dating app. Tinder has had security breaches that exposed user data and location.
- BLENDR: There are no age requirements for this dating app, allowing adults to contact children. GPS features can reveal the location of your child to diligent predators.
- DOWN: Lets a user sort Facebook friends they are “down” to hook up with. It perpetuates “hookup” culture among young teens.
To learn more about how to keep your teenager safe online, visit TeenSafe’s blog post detailing all the apps listed in the above infographic.