But the biggest shock may come to your credit card: Your kid can rack up some hefty in-app charges on Line as well.While the app says that minors need their parents' permission to use it, there is no monitoring to ensure this takes place.
Blendr's 300 million users meet new people through GPS location services. It allows users to post text-only “Yaks” of up to 200 characters that can be viewed by the 500 Yakkers who are closest to the person who wrote the Yak, as determined by GPS tracking.
You can message, exchange photos and videos, and rate the "hotness" of other users (encouraging your kid to engage in superficial values at best). Unfortunately, the term "sext buddy" has been replaced with "Ki K buddy." Sex researcher Megan Maas, wrote on For Every that kids are using Reddit and other forums to place classified ads for sex by giving out their Ki K usernames. The issue is that these other users are regularly exposed to a barage of sexually explicit content, profanity and even personal attacks-- anonymously, of course.
It is too easy for adults and minors to find one another.
And the rating system can be used for cyber-bullying; a group of kids can target another kid and intentionally make his/her rating go down.
Many users ask for personal data upfront, including location, age, and gender [ASL], something kids might supply (not realizing they don't have to).
Adults wishing to chat anonymously may find use in this app, but kids should be kept far away."Tinder is a popular app used for hooking-up and dating that allows users to "rate" profiles and locate hookups via GPS tracking.
"It's a key way teens are hiding their nude pictures from their parents," said Lewis.
Lewis says the best way to solve this situation is for parents to add their teen to their i Cloud account.
That way, whenever a new app is downloaded by the teen, it will automatically download to the parent's phone as well. Last fall, there was a headline-making case in a Colorado high school where teens used apps to hide a huge sexting ring from parents and school officials.
And an Alabama district attorney, Pamela Casey, posted the video below to warn parents about the Calculator% app.
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