Bryan's wife came across this article from Crosswalk HERE that we had to share with you. As parents, we try to keep our children safe, but in this busy day and age in can be hard to stay on top all the "bad" in this world working against us.
We hope this helps a little.
9 MOST DANGEROUS APPS FOR KIDS...
Whisper - This app allows you to post secrets anonymously and also allows you to chat with other users in your geographic area.
Why Its Dangerous: Many children are drawn to communicating with strangers, feeling that their secrets are safer with them than with their friends. This app is a perfect tool for ill-intentioned strangers looking to connect with young people because it allows you to exchange messages with people nearest to you (so anonymity can be easily lost).
YikYak - All Yik Yak users are anonymous. They dont create a profile or account, but they can post comments that are accessible to the nearest 500 people (within a 1-5 mile radius). A psychiatrist called this the most dangerous app hed ever seen because it can turn a school into a virtual chat room where everyone can post his or her comments, anonymously. Untruthful, mean, character-assassinating short messages are immediately seen by all users in a specific geographic area.
Why Its Dangerous: This app is causing problems in schools across the United States, with students maliciously slandering teacher, staff, and other students. In fact, several schools have now banned smart phones from campus because of this particular app.
Kik - A free app-based alternative texting service that allows texts/pictures to be sent without being logged in the phone history. (Similar apps: Viber, WhatsApp, TextNow)
Why Its Dangerous Makes it easier for your child to talk to strangers without your knowledge since it bypasses the wireless providers short message services (SMS). Children also think they can sext without parents finding out. In addition, strangers can send your child a friend request.
Snapchat Allows you to capture an image or video and make it available to a recipient for a specific time. After that time limit is up, the picture/video automatically disappears foreveror so Snapchat claims. (Similar apps: Poke, Wire, and Wickr)
Why Its Dangerous Kids can receive (or send ) sexually inappropriate photos. This app also makes kids feel like they can sext or send inappropriate pictures without consequences because the image will self-destruct automatically. The truth is that nothing sent over the internet disappears. There are always ways to retrieve and capture those images.
Vine Allows users to watch and post six second videos.
Why Its Dangerous While many of the videos are harmless, porn videos do pop up into the feed, exposing your children to sexually explicit material. You can also easily search for/access porn videos on this app. Predators utilize this app to search for teens and find their location. Then they try to connect with them via other messaging apps.
ChatRoulette and Omegle These apps allow you to video chat with strangers.
Why Its Dangerous Not only are users chatting with strangers, they could be chatting with a fake stranger. Chat sites like Chatroulette and Omegle have done their best to produce systems that warns users when the people they are chatting to are potentially using fake webcam software, however developers still manage to slip under their radars with frequent updates. So a fifty-year-old man could set up a fake webcam and use images from a 15-year-old boy that looks like a teen celebrity to convince your child to send inappropriate pictures or get information about your childs location.
Tinder Users post pictures and scroll through the images of other users. When they think someone is attractive they can flag the image. If that person has also flagged them in return, the app allows you to contact them.
Why Its Dangerous This app, and similar apps such as Down, Skout, Pure, and Blendr, are primarily used for hooking up.
Poof Hides other apps on your phone. You select which apps you would like to hide and their icons will no longer show up on your smartphone screen.
Why Its Dangerous If children have apps that they want to keep hidden from their parents, all they have to do is download this app and poof, their screen is clear of any questionable apps. So, if you see the poof app on their phone, you may want to ask them what they are hiding.
For more information and how to start constructive conversations with your kids, go HERE for more.
If you have any to add, PLEASE let us know!
~BS and Vanessa