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  • Porn on Snapchat

    Apps and Games Friday, May 25, 2018

    Perhaps over the past couple days, you heard Cosmopolitan Magazine published a Snapchat channel, found in the "Discover" area, called “Cosmo After Dark." “Cosmo After Dark,” featured an explicit discussion of sex and other content aimed at adults. Through Snapchat’s content guidelines, the content was “age-gated,” meaning a user couldn’t access it...SEE MORE

  • Roblox, first launched in 2005, has become and remains a very popular multiplayer online game for children 8 years old and up. It can best be described as Minecraft meets Fortnite. Roblox is free to play. Once a player has signed up and created an avatar, they are given their own piece of real estate along with a virtual toolbox (known as “Roblox Studio”) for building. They...SEE MORE

  • If you have a teenaged gamer in your home, they are probably playing Fortnight on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, and even on their mobile device.   Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play multiplayer survival action shooter game. It is world-building strategy crossed with Call of Duty. Players are dropped onto the game map and must compete to be the last one standing by...SEE MORE

  • Mappen - "Make Something Happen" is a social media application available on iPhone and Android devices. It is rated 4+ in Apple's App Store. The 4+ age rating will mean very young children, who are too young for Instagram's 13+ app, will want to sign up for Mappen. Paradoxically, Mappen's privacy policy explicitly states, "Our Services are not intended for children under the age of...SEE MORE

  • By: Clayton Cranford Sarahah, an Arabic word that means, roughly, "honesty." It is a free social media app popular with teens.  Launched last year, anonymous messaging app Sarahah is no longer available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The messaging app hit popularity for allowing anyone to send messages to people in their contact list, without having to reveal their identity.SEE MORE

  • Whisper app is a phenomenally popular app with teens. Whisper has a total of 17 billion monthly page views on its mobile and desktop websites with 250 million monthly users, mostly teens, across 187 countries. It was recently used by a child predator to contact and rape a 12-year-old girl in Pasco County, Florida. Description: Whisper is available on iOS and Android mobile devices, free of charge.SEE MORE

  • There is a range of games available on iPhones and Android devices targeting very young girls with bright colors and fairytale characters. This nothing new. You look at the "Tinkerbell" looking game and walk away thinking your daughter is playing a cute fairy princess game. It may not be the harmless game you think it is. There is a growing list of games aimed at children, as young as three,...SEE MORE

  • Description: (APP Store rating: 4+) Telegram Messenger is a cloud-based communication app usable across all devices; it allows users to send pics, videos, stickers, texts, and other files completely free. Your phone number is required for setup (similar to WhatsApp), but there is also the option of creating a username which is totally public and can be searched by anyone. The app is touted...SEE MORE

  • A vulnerability on the extremely popular messaging app Snapchat has been uncovered which allows children of primary school age and older to be contacted directly by strangers at the touch of the button. The vulnerability allows any Snapchat user (a stranger to your child) to search for schools using the public groups function. That then shows any Snapchat message posted from at or near...SEE MORE

  • If you find an app called Discord on your kid's phone, you might be concerned. "Discord? What's Discord? I don't want discord in my child's life!" It may not be the best name choice for discerning parents. So, what is Discord, and should you be concerned? Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app for teens and adults ages 13 and up. If your kid is a gamer, they are likely to have this app.SEE MORE

  • Facebook announced a new messaging service for children as young as six. They promise parental controls and policies in place to ban inappropriate content and cyberbullying, but is it an app that parents should allow their young children to use? Facebook, the world’s largest social network (which requires users to be at least 13 years old) has created a messaging app for children,...SEE MORE

  • I have recently received questions from several parents about a new app, TBH. TBH, which means: "To Be Honest," is a social media app for teens 13-years or older. TBH lets friends anonymously answer questions about one another. The questions are 100% controlled by the developer. This is intended to keep the questions and answers from becoming mean or insulting. Users can submit their...SEE MORE

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