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4 Apps to Be Cautious of On Your Teens Phone

Almost every tween or teen owns their very own portal device, be it a cell phone or tablet. As social media apps come and go, there are ones that tend to attract and keep teens engaged. In most cases, we consider Facebook to be the ultimate social media app, but this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to online safety with teens today. 

Have you considered that other apps as safety concerns? 

Here are four apps to monitor your teen's phone. I have offered a short description of what the app does as well. Please share in the comments. 

TikTok- is an app that replaced app TikTok is for creating and sharing short videos of 60 seconds. Videos are shared with one billion users across 155 countries. TikTok, like ALL other social media apps, should be monitored by parents. TikTok does not have an actual privacy setting like other apps. You can control the privacy settings to "Private" so your teen can view only videos that you have approved. However, please be aware that even though you turn on the privacy setting, your child may still be exposed to inappropriate content such as nude photos and provocative films. 

Whisper is an anonymous social network app. Whisper allows users to post-fact or fiction by placing text on a picture. Users can share intimate secures without the risk of personal identity being damaged. Some teens feel that they can release emotions as Whisper is entirely anonymous; therefore, they are not judged. The absence of an identity attracts all ages from across the globe. Unlike TikTok, Whisper requires users to be 17 years old; therefore, there are no safety features to considers. I would suggest that this app NOT be on your teen's phone. If your teen falls into the category of feeling comfortable on Whisper due to its anonymity, then maybe they should seek professional help. 

SnapChat is appropriate for most tweens and teens 13 and up. Teens can create an account with an email and date of birth. Just like other apps, SnapChat does not have parental controls due to the content being "deleted" after it has been sent out or received. This has caused harmful effected among tweens and teens, naming the app the "Sexting app." Some teens and adult users send intimate photos, assuming they self-destruct. Although this is true content can still be saved and shared with anyone on the internet. If you do say yes to SnapChat sit with your child and make sure he/she understands these repercussions. Go to the in-app settings (the little gear icon next to your profile) scroll down to "Who can..". This is where you control your location and who can see your story. Explain to your child about using SnapChat safely and responsibly.  

YOLO is an overlay app used with SnapChat, which allows users to send and received anonymous messages on SnapChat. This has lead to several concerns from parents and guardians. Teens using this app can be exposed to abusive language, bullying, inappropriate content, and hurtful messages. You need to be aware that this app allows your child to receive messages from anyone using SnapChat. 

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