Yubo (formerly Yellow): Users can swap messages and even pictures. This app is similar to the internet dating app known as TINDER. Many say it’s the tinder for kids. There is no age verification system on this app, meaning that there’s nothing in place to stop an adult from posing as someone much younger. A school district attorney said we’re now in a stage where adults are using it to target students to groom them and grooming only leads to one conclusion, that being a sexual encounter with a child. More on YELLOW, click here.
Chatroulette: This app allows you to chat with strangers and even a fake stranger. Chat sites have done their best to produce systems that warns users when the people they are chatting with are potentially using a fake webcam software. However developers still manage to slip under their radars with frequent updates. Basically a 50 year old man could have set up a fake webcam and use images from the internet of a younger boy to convince the youth users to send inappropriate pictures or get information about the users location. More on CHATROULETTE, click here.
Yik-Yak: All users are anonymous. They can post comments and secrets that are accessible to the nearest 500 people within a 1-5 mile radius. It was known as the most dangerous app seen because it can turn a school into a virtual chat room where everyone can post his or her comments, anonymously. This app is causing problems in schools across the United States, with students maliciously slandering teachers, staff, and other students. In fact, several schools have banned smart phones from campus because of this app. More on YIK-YAK, click here.
Kik: A free app for users to talk to strangers without anyone else knowing. It’s a texting service that allows things to be sent without it being logged into the phones history. Because it bypasses the wireless provider the youth thinks they can “sext” without parents finding out. In addition with this app, complete strangers can “friend request” anyone. More on KIK, click here.
Tinder: Users post pictures and scrolls through images of other users. When they think someone is attractive they can “flag” the image. If that person has also “ flagged” them in return, the app allows you to contact them. This app along with others like Skout, Pure, and Blendr are primarily used for hooking up. More on TINDER, click here.
Whisper: Allows you to post secrets anonymously as well as letting you chat with others all around you. A lot of children are drawn to communicating with strangers, feeling that their secrets are safer with them rather than with their friends. This app is ill-intentional strangers looking to connect with young people because it allows you to exchange messages with people nearest to you. More on WHISPER, click here.
Vine: Allows users to post and view six second videos. Many of the videos posted are harmless, porn videos do pop up in the feed, exposing you to sexually explicit material. It also allows you to search for and access porn videos. Predators utilize this app to search for teens and find their location, then they try to connect with them via other messaging apps. More about VINE, click here.
Omegle: Is exactly like Chatroulette. This app allows you to chat with strangers and even a fake stranger. Chat sites have done their best to produce systems that warns users when the people they are chatting with are potentially using a fake webcam software. However developers still manage to slip under their radars with frequent updates. Basically a 50 year old man could have set up a fake webcam and use images from the internet of a younger boy to convince the youth users to send inappropriate pictures or get information about the users location. More about OMEGLE, click here.
Snapchat: Allows you to capture an image or video and make it available to a recipient for a specific time. After that time is up the picture/video automatically disappears forever… or so snapchat claims. Kids can receive (or send) sexually inappropriate pictures as well as “sext” others. It makes them think that they can send inappropriate things without consequences because the image self-destructs automatically. The truth is that nothing sent over the internet disappears, there is always a way to go back and retrieve/capture the images. More about SNAPCHAT, click here.