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What Parents need to know about Ogle

Apps and Games Saturday, March 19, 2016

A disturbing new social media app has emerged. It is called Ogle.

Ogle describes it self as follows:

"Ogle lets users express themselves in a variety of unique ways, all with an emphasis on community themes.

Connect to your campus through fun and interactive themes by submitting photos and videos to topics such as “#FinalsBeLike” or “Home for the Holidays."

Unfortunately, this is not what is happening on Ogle.

App store rating: 12+ 

Problem: After you download and open Ogle, it asks you to identify your school. It will use your GPS signal to list nearby high schools and universities.

The major problem with Ogle is that it allows users to be completely anonymous in their posting. You can post text, images, or video clips with captions.

As a member of the school threat assessment team for Orange County, I have been receiving an alarming number of calls about this app. Students are using this app to post threats, racial epithets, videos of school fights, nude images of underaged students, and hurtful comments about fellow students.

This app is not safe for children.

Solution: Turn on parental controls on your child's device and block their ability to download apps. Apps should only be downloaded by you and controlled by your parental control password. 

Check each one of the apps on your child's phone and delete any apps that allow them to be anonymous or talk to strangers.

For more information on how to better protect and monitor what your children are doing online, please take a look at my book, "Parenting in a Digital World," or attend one of my parent seminars.

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