Top 9 dangerous apps predators use to target children

Top 9 dangerous apps predators use to target children
Whisper 

This app allows you to post secrets anonymously and also allows you to chat with users in your geographic area.

Why it's Dangerous: Many children are drawn to communicate 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.

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YikYak

All YikYak users are anonymous. They don't create a profile or account, but they can post comments that are accessible to the nearest 500 people within a 1 to 5 mile radius.

Why it's Dangerous: This app is causing problems in schools across the country, with students maliciously slandering teacher, staff and other students.

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Kik

A free-app-based alternative texting service that allows text/pictures to be sent without being logged in the phone history.

Why it's Dangerous: Makes it easier for your child to talk to strangers without your knowledge since it bypasses the wireless provider's short message services. Children can also "sext" without parents finding out. In addition, strangers can send your child a "friend request."

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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 forever.

Why it's 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.

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Vine

Allows users to watch and post 6 second videos.

Why it's Dangerous: While many of the videos are harmless, porn videos do pop up in the feed, exposing your child to sexually explicit material. You can also easily search for 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.

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Chatroulette and Omegle

These apps allow you to video chat with strangers.

Why it's Dangerous: Not only are users chatting with strangers, they could also be chatting with "fake strangers" or sexual predators. These sites have also done their best to produce systems that warn users when the people they are chatting with are potentially using fake webcam software, however developers still manage to slip under the radar with frequent updates.

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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 it's dangerous: This app and similar apps are primarily used for hooking up.

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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 it's 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 app. So if you see the poof app on their phone, you may want to ask them what they are hiding.

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