Apps to Delete From Your Child’s Smartphone
Smartphones and tablets are two things which have turned the parenting world on its head. Children are able to learn at faster speeds and iPhones and Androids have proven to be cures for common boredom which children often complain about. Now, instead of children being under-stimulated, they are overstimulated in that they can choose many different ways to do basically the same things. While many apps may appear harmless at first glance, parents should be aware of what each of the apps are and what they are capable of.
The video below shows you the most dangerous apps you should delete from your childâ€™s device, and other measures you can take to further protect your child.
This app provides users with a false sense of security by sending messages which self destruct once they are seen. Messages are photos or short videos. Snapchat has become a way for teens to send sexually explicit images to each other without realizing that it does not take much for the recipient to capture and store photographs which should not have been taken in the first place.
Kik messenger is a smartphone application which will allow teens to send as many texts, photos or videos as they would like, without worrying about going over on your cell phone planâ€™s text limits. The Kik app is a preferred alternative to standard text messaging in that it uses a more kid-friendly format. The problem with Kik is that users do not need to ask permission before sending messages. Children with the Kik app are vulnerable to being searched by strangers or harassed by peers.
Afterschool, Yik Yak, Ask.fm or Whisper
These apps allow for anonymous postings, including pictures. Users share pictures and texts much like writing on a bathroom wall. These apps become a virtual playground for cyberbullying and rumors and should be avoided by children.
ChatRoulette, YouNow or Omegle
These apps allow users to connect to other users all over the world, at random, for as long as both parties agree. Once one party decides the conversation is over, the app cycles new connections in. Communications are done with video, and the apps become a way for children to allow strangers into their bedrooms. These apps can become a risk for the entire family if not taken seriously.
Tinder, Plenty of Fish or Meet Me
These are dating apps which are meant for adults. These apps include games to make the matchmaking experience unique to each of the apps. The apps allow for users to post photographs, broadcast general location data and browse for other users to â€œrateâ€ or engage in conversations. The app designers put safety measures in place, but children find a way to bypass those and create their accounts. These apps are adult oriented and should not be on a child’s smartphone or tablet.
Keepsafe, App Lock or Poof
These are apps which teens use to hide other apps and files on their smartphone. The applications may look like a calculator, a notepad or some other app, but with a secret passcode, children are able to enter a virtual â€œvaultâ€ to hide and retrieve files that they do not want others to see.
Parents need to be aware of what their children are using smart devices for. The applications on their children’s devices may not be as harmless as they seem. With every harmful app that gets discovered, a new one will take its place. It is important for parents to be aware of what types of app features could be dangerous, and review the apps on their children’s devices to see if any of those apps fall into that category.
Parental control software such as Mobile Spy or PhoneSheriff will allow parents to log in from any computer and see which apps are being used on their children’s smartphone at any time. If a name is not familiar, parents can search for the name of the app and will find a general idea of what the app is used for. Parents are then able to set the parental control software to block their children’s access to dangerous applications by disabling the applications they see as risky.