App Categories That Parents Should Know

 

Messaging/Chat Apps

 

Apps in this category: Kik, WhatsApp, MeetMe, Facebook Messenger, HouseParty, Viber, Telegram, Signal

 

Why kids and teens like them:

  • Send instant messages to friends
  • Multimedia capacity (pictures/videos)
  • Massive worldwide user base
  • Parents won’t see conversations in texts
  • Meet new people

Potential concerns:

  • Can open up contact from predators
  • Are often used for sexting
  • Can’t always verify who is messaging
  • Have been involved in abduction cases
  • Sharing of explicit media
  • Can reveal location

 

Anonymous Apps

 

Apps in this category: Ask fm, YOLO, Curious Cat, Sarahah, Whisper, Tellonym

 

Why kids and teens like them:

  • Ask questions and leave comments anonymously
  • Receive compliments and validation
  • Post anonymous confessions
  • Anonymity provides perception of safety/privacy

Potential concerns:

  • Lend themselves to cyberbullying
  • Sexually inappropriate comments/questions
  • Associated with multiple suicides (Ask fm)
  • No accountability for words and actions
  • Explicit photos of students posted
  • Used to post or send threats

 

Disappearing Apps

 

Apps in this category: Snapchat, Telegram, Signal, Wickr Me, Yovo, Clipchat, Slingshot, Dust

 

Why kids and teens like them:

  • Pictures and messages seem to disappear
  • Prevents parents from finding sexting images and videos
  • Allows for secret conversations

Potential concerns:

  • Are used for sexting
  • Can make it difficult for parents to detect problems
  • False belief that images actually disappear
  • Images can be screencapped and saved via other methods

 

 

Picture/Video Apps

 

Apps in this category: Instagram, Tik Tok, VSCO, Snapchat, Dubsmash, Byte, Triller, Funimate, Imgur, Flickr, Vero

 

Why kids and teens like them:

  • Attention, affirmation, and compliments
  • Immediate feedback from followers
  • Large follower count is a badge of honor
  • Sharing their life with friends
  • Users can apply filters & effects

Potential concerns:

  • Predators use pictures/videos to find targets
  • Users can be cyberbullied over their appearance
  • Unhealthy comparison and competition with others
  • Pressure to project a perfect image online
  • FOMO: Fear Of Missing Out
  • Unhealthy impulsive decisions can go viral

 

 

Vault Apps

 

Apps in this category: Vault, Calculator%, Hide It Pro, Vaulty, Keepsafe Photo Vault, AppLock, Discreet Vault, Private Photo Vault

 

Why kids and teens like them:

  • Users can hide videos and pictures
  • Users can hide other apps (AppLock)
  • Prevents parents from finding sexting images
  • Looks like calculator, audio manager, or currency converter (Hide It Pro)

Potential concerns:

  • Are used to store sexting images and videos
  • Can make it difficult for parents to detect problems and help their child

 

 

 

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