I know that like me many of you have seen the surprising rise in teen kidnappings. From what I have noticed by watching some of the stories on the news is that most of the teenagers disappeared after meeting an individual online. The latest case is 14 year old Lacey Dewent who disappeared a few days after her mom found a guy named Robert Butler who Lacey met online in her room. You can find out more about this story here. This got me to thinking about apps that we as parents may need to look out for. I searched the internet and here are some that I found that were popular. The pics are courtesy of the google play store. I left the descriptions.
1. Burn Note
The reason you should look out for Burn Note is that teens can have conversations without you knowing what they are talking about because after a designated length of time the messages can be destroyed.
Ask.Fm is an app to look out for on your teen’s phone or tablet because they are allowed to answer questions anonymously. They meet strangers as well.
3. Snap Chat
Snap chat allows teens to send pics and texts that disappear after it is viewed. Once again this allows teens to have conversations without being monitored.
Twitter is pretty much a given. Teens can interact with strangers. This one can be basically monitored if you follow your teen.
5. Omegle Chat
Omegle Chat allows teens to interact with strangers.
Facebook is a great app to connect with friends and family but it also is sometimes used to for cyber bullying and a place to meet strangers. 87% of young people have seen cyberbullying occurring online, so it’s definitely out there and Facebook, like any social media platform, is a breeding ground for it.
7. Google +
Google + is just like Facebook teens sometimes use it for cyber bullying and to meet strangers. But google+ and facebook can be monitored by adding your teen to your friends’ list and circles.
Kik allows you to interact with friends and strangers. all teens have to do is share their KIK username.
Looking out for these apps will help you keep your teens safe. You can put a passcode on your market store that way whenever your teens or just children in general want to download an app they have to get approved by you.