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Tiktok, Snapchat, etc.: Parents warned of 15 apps that can be used to target children

Are your children fond of using gadgets? Downloading apps? Talking to friends online? Meeting new people virtually? If yes, then you must check their gadgets every once in a while before it’s too late.

On Facebook, the office disclosed that it is adding six more apps on the Nine Apps Parents Should Know About list.

“Today, following these new arrests, we are adding six more mobile apps to that list. Parents–TAKE NOTE. These six apps were all used by our suspects to prey on children. Please SHARE this post and have those tough conversations with your kids. One day they will thank you. #FifteenAppsParentsShouldKnowAbout,” read the caption of the inforgraphic posted on the page.

Here are the 15 apps named by the sheriff’s office:

  • Meetme is a dating social media app that allows users to connect with people based on geographic proximity. The app’s users are encouraged to meet each other in person.
  • Grindr is a dating app is geared toward gay, bi and transgender people. It gives users options to chat, share photos and meet up based on a smart phone’s GPS.
  • Skout is a location-based dating app. While users under 17 years old are unable to share private photos, kids can easily create an account with an older age.
  • Whatsapp is a popular messaging app that allows users to send texts, photos, voicemails, as well as make calls and video chats.
  • Tiktok is a new app popular with kids that’s used for creating and sharing short videos. With very limited privacy controls, users are vulnerable ot cyber bullying and explicit content.
  • Badoo is a dating and social networking app where users can chat, share photos and videos based on location. The app is intended for adults only, but teens are known to create profiles.
  • Bumble is similar to the popular dating app, Tinder, however, it requires women to make the first contact. Kids have been known to use Bumble to create fake accounts and falsify their age.
  • Snapchat is one of the most popular apps of 2018. While the app promises users can send a photo or video and it will disappear, recent features allow users to view content for up to 24 hours. Snapchat also allows users to see your location.
  • Kik is an app that allows anyone to contact and direct message your child, sometimes anonymously. Kids sometimes use Kik to bypass traditional text messaging features. Kik gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
  • LiveMe is live-streaming video app uses geolocation to share videos so users can find out a broadcaster’s exact location. Users can earn coins within the app and use them as a way to pay minors for photos.
  • Holla‘s makers admit it’s an “addicting” video chat app. It allows users to meet people all over the world in just seconds. Reviewers say they have been confronted with racial slurs, explicit content, and more.
  • Whisper is an anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user’s location so people can meet up.
  • Ask.fm has become known for cyberbullying. The app encourages users to allow people to anonymously ask them questions.
  • Calculator% is one of several secret apps used to hide photos, videos, files, and browser history.
  • Hot or No encourages users to rate other users’ profiles, with the focus on physical appearance. It also allows users to check out people in their area and chat with strangers. The sheriff says the goal of this app is to “hook up.”

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Posted by Sarasota County (FL) Sheriff's Office on Friday, July 26, 2019

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