Kids, teens and young adults have been using the Internet for multiple reasons to a huge extent (95 per cent are online), with mobile devices and Wi-Fi connections posing real threats. Nowadays, social media platforms have become a lot more sophisticated and they offer people the opportunity to interact, share pictures and statuses, communicate and chat all over the world.
Although this has been a breakthrough, there are quite many risks that you should consider, when it comes to allowing your child go ahead with using the Internet. There is nobody who could argue that there are no benefits in web surfing; however, there are also dangers that all parents should become well aware of.
Besides the tips all over Internet that all parents should pay attention to for bettering the conditions of web surfing for their kids and teens, below you can find some of the social apps that require extra attention on your behalf. Let’s have a look:
- Tinder: Tinder can be used by children even at the age of 13 and it involves great risks regarding cyber-bullying or stalking. Even though it is a pleasure to chat and to go online using Tinder, with Facebook authentication getting in the way, these risks should not go unnoticed.
- Omegle: Their motto is none other than “Talk to Strangers” and you can see the irony, when it comes to children. Sex chat is a primary concern in Omegle and this is what you need to focus on.
- Snapchat: Snapchat is all about fast and fun mobile conversation. There are some concerns as to sexting and as to the fact that nothing that gets online is eventually wiped out clean after a while.
- Down: Well, this application truly says it all; with Down, you can enjoy dating but in a very peculiar way. Let’s quote from their site: “The anonymous, simple, fun way to find friends who are down for the night”. We rest our case!
- Kik Messenger: Kik Messenger is definitely a more subtle social app than some of the previously mentioned ones. However, this does not necessarily mean that the dangers of sexting and exploiting a minor sexually can be quite challenging.
- Yik Yak: In Yik Yak again there is increased danger of putting the kid in a difficult situation, with adult content that should normally be out of reach. Cyber bullying is an added danger to consider.
- Whisper: Last but not least, we have included Whisper. This is an app that allows all sorts of confessions. It might be anonymous, but there is no way of making sure that no GPS tracking and no sexual manipulating is involved here via this social app.
These are the social apps that all parents should have a look at, in order to be able and protect their children. Most of all, it is encouraged that parents sit and have a talk with their kids as to the dangers and risks emerging on the Internet. Being educated and knowledgeable on such matters is key to success and therefore this is where you should concentrate on!