Kids are always on a verge to look for entertaining things and smartphone is one of them, laden with a number of applications. However, the majority of apps liked by kids especially teens is social networking apps. Sharing pictures, giving comments or distributing some kind of weird stuff all includes in social apps activities. The prime fear for any parent is to lookout out what’s going on with their kid’s life, social activities on apps creating something like drama. There are thousands of applications available that can be installed free of cost without judging about apps thoroughly.
If you have concerns as a teacher or parents, and have not experienced any social networking drama, wait for it. A plenty of social media apps are beneficial and safe to use. However, there are some apps out there with minimum amount of security or no safety, for which you have to investigate. The apps are designed to attract a majority of teenagers, but there is negative side of these apps. They can inspire teenagers to comment anonymously, access their locality and connecting everyone in the school without knowing about him/her. Here are few of the applications that need to be on the watch and have conversation with your kid about negatives and positives.
Yik Yak is a widespread social media app amongst teens and lets a user to share anything without revealing their identity. However, the catch here is that they know about the user’s pinpoint location. The comment area is just similar to Twitter and pictures are shared among 500 persons in the nearby location. Large number of popular schools have even faced bullying and students are not omitted from the list. It was suggested to prohibit the application by the means of company’s geo-fencing guidelines to limit the communication in a certain location.
Ask FM permit the kids to raise any question and answer any queries posted on this social networking site. For example, users can ask question on Ask FM is like “Am I looking beautiful or not”. This may lead to negative acknowledgment among kids and cyber harassment can intrude them mentally. In some cases, suicide by some students was also committed. Keeping the similar and negative retorts in view, the company decided to change the management and developed a safety epicenter.
Self-destructing is a popular messaging app that is widely popular amongst many youngsters because of no logs of chats in the past and better communication. Snapchat is one of those applications that gained a reputation of a “Sexting App” because photos, messages and videos are not stored permanently on the device. However, third-party developers have made apps that permit receiver to store snapshots of suspicious senders. The biggest difficulty of Snapchat is its attractiveness and popularity.
Poke is similar to Snapchat developed by Facebook. It also self-destructs photos immediately after receiving it. It is though, not very common as that of Snapchat, however, the application is gaining popularity amongst youths for the sexting purpose. Moreover, the images sent through Poke can be viewed and saved just like Snapchat. The application is linked to Facebook, which is recommended for ages 13 and over. However, app stores recommend this application for kids of age four and above.
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