A rise in web-based products has packed multiple social, photo-sharing, and instant messaging applications, mostly from un-trusted publishers. Even if the source is trusted, guaranteeing complete personal information safety, no one knows for sure what future holds for your child. Believe it or not, a picture uploaded on web never gets off even if you delete it. There is always a server keeping logs somewhere in the world for the developer. Suffice to say, you as a parent can never be sure where your child shares photos and in-appropriate pictures and with whom.
Have a look at the three most dangerous applications that pose a direct threat to your child’s personal information.
A careful observation of this app reveals that it’s all about hooking up. The alarming aspect, however, is that the age restriction is only 12 years. The dating app itself is all about marketing your personal self. After downloading, Tinder takes asks you to post a tempting selfie, write something about yourself that sets you apart from the rest, and ask your location before you can view other profiles. Basically, the app functions on ‘likes’. As soon as you receive a like on your profile, you like back so that you can view the other person better. Moreover, since the app uses real-time location to interact in real life, it makes your teen prone to marauders.
Vine works on a looping system (an app by Twitter, Inc.) that has gained much recognition among teenagers. All viral videos appear on your home-screen via loops which is not a good thing.
The downside, however, is that with all kinds of videos appearing in newsfeed, your child is always prone to explicit content or something you as a parent would not agree on. These looping features have virtually made Vine an online video playground.
Snapchat allows users to upload short videos (mostly 10 seconds) photos. Upon signing up, a list of friends appears on the contacts section that tells you who is using the app. The image or video, upon sharing, vanishes after 10 seconds and the app ensures the content is never available. But despite the fact, your child is always on the threat of sharing inappropriate photos / videos due to the added value.
How to get around it?
Using traditional parenting techniques would mean taking phone away from the kid. But that’s not how to get past it. Since it does more harm than good, you need to be smart and insightful, simply install any of these parental control applications MSpy, Flexispy or Spyera. These applications use stealth technology (100% undetectable) to track your teen’s smartphone and internet activity providing instant feedback's to you.
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