• In January of 2018, two large Apple shareholders with a $2 billion stake wrote an open letter to Apple. They demanded the smartphone maker respond to a “growing public health crisis” of smartphone addiction in young people. Teens who spent more time on new media (screens) were more likely to report mental health issues than those who spent time on non-screen activities. A 2017...SEE MORE

  • You might have given YouTube Kids app a chance in the past, only to be disappointed to find that your child could start out on a Sesame Street video and end up on some inappropriate and disturbing content. Now it is time to give this app another look. YouTube Kids has just launched parent-approved content, a control that lets you handpick every video and channel available to your child.SEE MORE

  • 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

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