This is the second part of our post on 22 apps that are popular yet harmful to your teenager. Here are the rest of them. Read part 1 here in case you missed it.
Tellonym is an anonymous messenger app. It offers unmonitored access to internet and exposure to cyber bullying, violent threats, and sexual content.
Ask.fm is known for cyber bullying. The app encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions.
This app allows users to quickly exchange short voice messages just like a walkie-talkie. Hurtful messages from cyberbullies can be biting when they are spoken and played repeatedly.
15. Bigo Live
Bigo is a live streaming app. Users can vlog about their lives, live stream video gameplay, and host their own shows. There is no age verification and users have to provide personal info like their age and location. This is a place where bullying, nudity, violence, and profanity is common. It also has a lite version now which is equally harmful.
16. IMVU (Instant Messaging Virtual Universe)
This is a virtual world game app where users interact with each other as avatars. It randomly pairs users with other users that can lead to inappropriate pairings and interactions that involve nudity, sexual encounters, and sexual talks. All profiles are public, and there can be bullying and predators trying to get other users to share their phone numbers and to send pictures.
GroupMe is a group messaging app. It can put your children in touch with strangers outside of their friend circles. This group messaging features make it difficult to keep up with who your children are in contact with.
Chatous is a messaging app that randomly matches users with others from all over the world. This app is specifically designed to put users in contact with strangers and allows them to send disappearing messages meaning that parents would have no way of overseeing the use of this app.
19. Hot or Not
Hot or not encourages users to rate your profile, check out people in their area, and chat with strangers. The goal of this app is to facilitate hook-up.
Holla is a self-proclaimed ‘addicting’ video chat app that 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.
YouTube is a generally a safe to place to house and share your videos. However, the concern is that inappropriate content has been sliced into all-ages content and children’s content which you may not want your child to have free access to. YouTube Kids is a safer alternative for children.
22. UC Browser
This browser has been in news for leaking personal data of users. It also allows users to bypass many types of internet filtering. It is better to stay with reputed browsers like Chrome and Firefox. You may also consider SPIN which is a safe browser for children.
BONUS TIP: OPERA & OPERA MINI
While Opera browsers have been very popular for a long time and do not have any obvious dangers, Opera has a built-in VPN and bypasses many internet filters and firewalls. If you are using any type of internet filtering it is better to block these browsers for your child.
Know any more apps which are not appropriate for teenagers? Leave a comment to let us know.
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