5 Apps Parents Need To Know About

 

 

Internet Safety for Parents

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everybody knows that Facebook has a very strong user base amongst the younger demographic, but what other apps/websites are they using? We take a look at 5 apps/websites and highlight some of the dangers your child could be facing when using them.

 

 

 

Instagram

 

What is it?

 

Instagram is owned by Facebook and is in the process of becoming more popular than Facebook amongst the younger demographic. It contains the best features of social media: sharing and commenting on pictures. The savvy filters you can use on the pictures offer a professional and artistic finish.

 

 

What are the dangers?

 

Likes = Success. Teens tend to post images with the intent of getting ‘likes’ and can use this as a platform to measure their success on the social media site and in some cases, their self-worth.

 

Celebrities. Many celebs access Instagram at least weekly, and whilst some enjoy engaging with fans, many use it as a platform to market affiliated products. With a huge amount of teens favouring online shopping, celebs can use this to their advantage with links to products.

 

Public Sharing. When you share a picture on Instagram it is automatically set to be shared to the public, meaning anyone can access your child’s content. View Istagram's instructions to see how you can change the setting so that only followers can see content.

 

 

 

 

Snapchat

 

What is it?

 

Snapchat is a self-destroying image sharing app that is immensely popular with teens. A user can send a snap to a friend and within 10 seconds it will disappear.

 

 

What are the dangers?

 

Sexting. The self-destructing aspect of the app seems to provide a risk-free opportunity to send inappropriate content; however, users can easily take a screenshot of the image.

 

Data Breaches. Whilst Snapchat assure users that no data is ever stored, 3rd party apps allow users to save any images they receive. Recently a huge leak occurred when a 3rd party app released hundreds of thousands of saved snaps on the internet.

 

 

 

 

Vine

 

What is it?

 

Vine is a five-to-six second long looping video sharing app. Whilst Vine offers users an artistic and creative platform to share great videos, it does have a dark side.

 

What are the dangers?

 

Pornography. Pornographic vines are relatively easy to find and have even appeared on the Editor’s Choice page. Whilst Twitter has since updated their terms and conditions regarding use of the service, these inappropriate Vines remain widespread.

 

You could be unwittingly filmed. Some parents on the Vine app have unknowingly become stars as teens secretly film them doing silly things.

 

 

 

 

Ask.fm

 

What is it?

 

Ask.fm is a website on which users can ask and answer questions anonymously.

 

What are the dangers?

 

Bullying. Ask.fm is a hot bed for bullying due to the anonymity which seems to inspire bullying behaviour. The site has been linked to multiple suicides since its inception and child usage of this site should be watching closely.

Facebook Synchronisation. The ability to sync questions to Facebook pages means that a much larger audience can be reached.

  

 

 

 

WhatsApp

 

What is it?

Again owned by Facebook, WhatsApp is the most populated messaging service app currently available. It gives the user the ability to send unlimited messages, assuming they have an internet connection.

 

What are the dangers?

 

Unlimited usage. With the ability to join group conversations with no usage cap, teens can often get distracted from school work or end up with a lack of sleep.

 

16+ Rating. WhatApp has an official rating over 16+ but there are many users that are younger than this. 

 

Unsecured Connections. Hackers can access messages in unsecured WiFi connections such as hotspots in Starbucks. 

 

 

 

 

 

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