A renewed effort to warn parents of the dangers some mobile phone apps pose to children and teens is being issued days after it was announced 123 children were recovered in Wayne County in a one-day sweep by multiple law enforcement agencies.
Even if your teen or child intends to use an app responsibly, predators can easily pose as seemingly safe individual in order to target children and teens. Predators are constantly searching for new ways to target individuals.
"Calculator%" While this app looks like a harmless tool, it acts as a secret photo vault.
"Hot or Not" Strangers of any age access and rate profiles with a goal of having a sexual encounter.
"Ask.fm" Has been linked to severe cyber bullying. It allows users to ask anonymous questions and get answers.
"Roadblocks" The Marshall Police Department issued a warning in August after following a registered sex offender contacting children who were using the app in public mode.
"Minecraft" Allows strangers to contact users when played in public mode.
"Kik" This messaging app has built in apps and web content. It allows things to be accessed that would normally filtered out or restricted by a home computer.
"Roblox" This app allows strangers to contact users when in public mode.
"Omegle" This app touts a free online chat website to anonymously communicate with strangers.
"Yellow" This app is designed to allow teens to flirt in a Tinder like setting.
"Whisper" This app promotes sharing secrets and talking with strangers.
"Burn Book" This app allows users to post anonymous rumors using audio, texts and photos. A cyber bullying breading ground.
"Wishbone" This app is used to compare kids against one another and rate on a scale.
"Instagram" Though widely used, kids may use to create fake accounts to hide content from their parents. The texting option is popular because the message erases after the user leaves the conversation.