NH1 News Investigates: Smartphone apps that could be dangerous for teens
It’s one of every parent’s worst nightmares.
You give your child a phone to keep track of them and keep them safe. Instead, that phone becomes a danger. Here’s a breakdown of some of the apps your child might be using that could cause more harm than good.
You might think your teen is just really into music on their smartphone. But certain apps like Audio Manager, Calculator% and Vaulty can hide other apps, photos and more.
In some instances, teens using these apps have gotten the police involved. In Colorado, more than 100 teens were involved in a “sexting ring” in November that was centered around the app called Calculator%.
But these are not the only apps raising sexting concerns. Snapchat, known for messages that “disappear” is also popular for sending nude photos and videos. Although the photos and videos on Snapchat are temporary, permanent screen shots can be taken — preserving the images. Kik, a texting app, is another way for teens to send inappropriate videos.
Cyberbullying is also a big concern. ASKfm, Burn Note and Yik Yak are among the popular apps teens use to terrorize and pressure one another. ASKfm has 57 million users and has been linked to at least nine cases of teen suicide from invasive and embarrassing questions.
If your teen has Omegle, Tinder, Blendr, or Line, they could also be a target for sexual predators.
Officials say its best for parents to talk with their teens about the risks and dangers when using smartphones.