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Megan Maasa sex educator and researcher at Penn State, developed this list of 10 apps that she says every parent should know about:. Users can rate profiles and find potential hookups via GPS location tracking. About million profiles are rated every day. The good news is that this app pulls information from users' Facebook profiles, so it is more authenticated than other apps.
The Risks : It is easy for adults and minors to find one another.
The sender can determine how long the receiver can view the image and then the image "destructs" after the allotted time. The Risks: Snapchat is the No. However, the "snaps" can easily be recovered and the receiver can take a screen shot then share it with others.
Also, a lot of images from Snapchat get posted to revenge porn sites, called "snap porn. Users can send messages, photos, and videos and rate the hotness of other users. The Risks: There are no authentication requirements, so sexual predators can contact minors on Blendr and minors can meet up with adults. And again, there is the risk of sexting. Users can also send YouTube videos, and create memes and digital gifs.
The Risks: Using the app for sexting and sending nude selfies through the app is common among youth. The term "sext buddy" is being replaced with "Kik buddy. Also, Kik does not offer any parental controls and there is no way of authenticating users, making it easy for sexual predators to use the app to interact with minors.
WHISPER Whisper is an anonymous confession app that allows kik nude exchange to superimpose text over a picture in order to share their thoughts and feelings anonymously. Although posts are anonymous, the app displays the area you are posting from. You can also search for users posting within a mile from you.
The Risks: Due to the anonymity, kids are posting pics of other kids with derogatory text superimposed on the image. Also, users do not have to register to use Whisper and can use the app to communicate with other users nearby through GPS. A quick look at the app shows that online relationships are forming through the use of this app, but without users knowing the person behind the computer or phone. Sexual predators may use the app to locate kids and establish a relationship. One man in Seattle, Washington, was charged with raping a year-old girl he met on this app in FM Ask.
It is a Q-and-A site that allows users to ask other users questions while remaining anonymous. The Risks: Kids will often ask repeated derogatory questions that target one person. Due to kik nude exchange anonymity of the badgering, it creates a virtually consequence-free form of cyber-bullying. The messages can be viewed by the Yakkers who are closest to the person who wrote the Yak, as determined by GPS tracking. The Risks: Users are exposed to and contributing sexually explicit content, derogatory language and personal attacks. Although the posts are anonymous, kids often 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. Kids can hide any app they don't want you to see by opening the app and selecting other apps. The Risks: It's obvious, right? Luckily, you can no longer purchase this app.
But if it was downloaded before it became unavailable, your child may still have it. Keep in mind that these types of apps are created and then terminated quickly, but similar ones are continuously being created.
With Omegle users do not identify themselves through the service. Instead, chat participants are only identified as "You" and "Stranger. When choosing this feature, an Omegle Facebook App receives the user's Facebook "likes" and tries to match the user with a stranger with similar likes.
The Risks: Sexual predators use this app to find kids to collect personal information from in order to track them down more easily in person. 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 Risks: Although identifying someone you are willing to hook up with doesn't mean you will actually hook up with them, it creates a hook up norm within a peer group. Depending on your sexual values, this might be something you don't want for your. Also, because of the classification system, a lot of kids will feel left out or unwanted, which can lead to anxiety and distress. Megan Mass offers additional resources for parents, including information on software to kik nude exchange your teen's activity. Copyright by News4Jax. All rights reserved.
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