4 dangerous apps for teens that parents should know about

When it comes to safeguarding kids and teenagers online, many parents are already pretty clued up. They stay aware about the latest online apps that are in vogue and their risks, and many of them also get actively involved with their child’s online activities. Some parents also friend their kids on Facebook so as to keep a track of their activities.

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However, as all parents are constantly on the lookout to see what their kids are popularly using at the moment, all kids are also constantly looking out for new apps that are bereft of the presence of parents. They want an environment that is unmonitored and unregulated. While there is nothing wrong with that, and both sides are justified in their actions, here are some apps that take things a little too far, in our opinion. These dangerous apps for teens are not risky by nature, but it is important to monitor your child’s activities on them as the potential for danger over these apps is higher than others.

Some apps your kids use that you should probably know about

Some of these apps have age restrictions that kids regularly ignore. If an online service has a minimum age requirement, you should ensure that your kids adhere to it. Also, most of these apps have safety, security and privacy settings that are usually neglected. You also need to ensure that these settings are made use of effectively. With that in mind, here are some of the apps that you need to be aware about.

Kik Messenger

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This is perhaps one of the most dangerous apps online for kids. It’s a messaging app that anyone can use. What is dangerous is that someone does not need a user’s phone number in order to contact them on Kik. A lot of kids also use it without proper monitoring and regulation. This makes it risky to use. The app also requires a user to be older than 17 years. However, this is a rule that is rarely followed.

Similar dangerous appsVoxer

Ask.fm

askfm+yikyak

This is an app that allows interactive questions and answers, anonymously. While the idea is neat, the app has led to several cases of cyberbullying, with some cases even leading to teen suicides. The anonymity factor leads to a lot of people being really nasty here and this is an app that requires serious parent intervention.

Similar dangerous appsYik Yak

Snapchat

snapchat

The one app that has led to the most trouble and privacy issues is Snapchat. This app allows users to send photos and videos to each other, which then disappear after being viewed. As a result, a lot of young teenagers have resorted to Snapchat for ‘sexting’. While they feel the content they have sent is going to be deleted, sometimes the receiver can usually take a screenshot or a picture of the content and spread it, unaware to the sender. Also, as the content is being sent through web servers, it is obviously being stored somewhere. This is something that users of Snapchat regularly forget so it is essential to keep an eye on activities here.

Similar dangerous appsPoke

Tumblr

tumblr+whisper

This is a popular microblogging platform but it is also a highly risky place for kids. The content that is posted here is usually unsupervised, unmonitored and it is a hotbed for unsavory content. The app is also known to contain large amounts of pornography so it is best to know what your child is up to on Tumblr.

Similar dangerous appsWhisper

While these are some of the well-known apps that have content and privacy issues for kids, there are several others as well. What’s more important is creating a healthy channel of communication with your child so that such services are not misused without your knowledge. None of these apps promote negative content, violent content, pornographic content or other risks, and most users of these apps use them productively. However, without proper supervision, these apps can be risky for kids and teenagers so some level of intervention is necessary.

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Manish Kumar Singh
Manish Kumar Singh
6 years ago

why we r getting problem ?

Arun Phadake
Arun Phadake
6 years ago

Thanks for warning!

BISWANATH
BISWANATH
6 years ago
Reply to  Arun Phadake

THANKS…

prabhakar machiwal
prabhakar machiwal
6 years ago

why nobody take legal actions against such activities

bharath
bharath
6 years ago

About such activities Legaly Should must take actions on those matters

Sraban Nandy
Sraban Nandy
6 years ago

Thanks for warning, i hope it help everyone.

Gouri Sankar Prusty
Gouri Sankar Prusty
6 years ago

Many many thanks for Quick Heal you always think about us, but take some legal actions against such type of activities.

Rakesh C Sharma
Rakesh C Sharma
6 years ago

THANKS N PLEASE KEEP INFORMING FOR OUR KIDS SAFETY.

Rakesh C Sharma
Rakesh C Sharma
6 years ago

AFTER ALL V ALL NEED SOMEONE TO GET US UPDATE ABT WHTS GOING ON AROUND TH WORLD

Prasanta Datta
Prasanta Datta
6 years ago

Very good suggestion. Also suggest dangerous apps for adults. How to block them? How to erase porn sites altogether from computer?

Rajesh
Rajesh
6 years ago

then waht about we chat, whats up, line and more

Sarang
Sarang
6 years ago

Very Important information for parents. Even as a elder brother I dont have Idea whether by small bro is using such apps or not. Now i know about such app by you..
Thanks a Lot..!

Mohsin Ali
Mohsin Ali
6 years ago

Thanks for this info…Surely, this info will help parents to keep a tab on their kid’s activities over phone and to safeguard them from becoming a culprit of any nuisance phone application.

Rajesh Meena
Rajesh Meena
6 years ago

Thanks

puran singh
puran singh
6 years ago

good suggestion

K DASBAKSI
K DASBAKSI
6 years ago

Thanks for suggestions

s t patnaik
s t patnaik
6 years ago

a wonderful way to educate people of lesser computer knowledge, thank you

Sankar kar
Sankar kar
6 years ago

Block all the porn sites in the computer

Balabhadra
Balabhadra
6 years ago

very good warning,thanks.

Nayan Virparia
Nayan Virparia
6 years ago

Nice Suggestion, Thanks for information.

shaurya
shaurya
6 years ago

stop these warning theses wastes my time

Jay Yadav
Jay Yadav
6 years ago

Thanks

santoshkumar
santoshkumar
6 years ago

thanks

santoshkumar
santoshkumar
6 years ago

thanks to giving such massages

Vaseem Ansari
Vaseem Ansari
6 years ago

Thanks Quick Heal for keeping us updated about the nefarious activities on some websites.Keep the good work going.

Kuber Karol
Kuber Karol
6 years ago

Another point that i would like to tell why Kik is not safe is due to lot of people creating fake account on this app and spreading their fake id’s through sites like omegle and all. Due to this sometimes a teen without knowing that the person he is interacting with is interacting to him through a fake id and if the teen shares some personal information with the fake id that fake id creator can later use it to blackmail the teen which can further lead to horrible consequences. So according to me Kik is one app that everyone… Read more »

Joseph George
Joseph George
6 years ago

i understand the pros and cons of these applications and will be more curious than cautious.Thanks a lot Quick Heal Thadani

Steve
Steve
6 years ago

Info Tech and apps are a great facility. Teens are not aware of consequences and being minors need supervision. some comments above talk of blocking porn sites etc. It is possible but not easy (think hardware / software firewalls and content/url filtering – too advanced for normal users). What most people don’t know (or realize) is that hackers and people who want to spread malware use porn sites more than anything else because (a) they are sure lots of people will visit and (b) by nature these sites tend to be unregulated and easy to exploit. Visiting a porn site… Read more »

Steve
Steve
6 years ago
Reply to  Rahul Thadani

Hi Rahul,
Thanks
Steve

Yashwant Patil
Yashwant Patil
6 years ago

Thanks for warning, i hope it help everyone,& Block all the porn sites in the computer

Bipin
Bipin
6 years ago

I had seen a movie ‘Enemy of the States’ whose plot was set around passing new legislation that dramatically expands the surveillance powers of intelligence agencies. What could be the negative consequences when these apps take all the permissions before downloading? One of my friends was shocked when one portal announced which sites my friend has visited in his professional information. Who can stop this? Is there any forum/NGO which is working on such issues? Can someone file Public Interest Litigation against these controls on personal lives of Indians? Is it happening in other countries also? How specifically Quick Heal… Read more »

dipanjan saha
dipanjan saha
6 years ago

Are app like whats up , wechat fully safe to use ???

dipanjan saha
dipanjan saha
6 years ago

Do Quick Heal mobile security have a feature to block websites ??

sam
sam
6 years ago

R u trying to say that whatsapp. We chat line these are also dangerous apps to use it???and how it harms us if we use it.

Vikas kumar
Vikas kumar
6 years ago

Thanks

NOOR
NOOR
6 years ago

thank

Abhishek yadav
Abhishek yadav
6 years ago

its helpful

shubham
shubham
6 years ago

bt why these aaps are dangerous nd i use ask fm

Suman C Roy
Suman C Roy
6 years ago

Basically the present society is going more ane and more dependent on various virtually social network which are basically contains no social ethics, values & principle as he/she(kid/teen/adult/old) is squezing him/herself from the other and turing alone.And most of these sites can be misused or abused. Therefore my advice will be “ignore all the socalled social network where there is no extreme emergency or necessary at all, mingle yourself directly in open space where possible in daylight if anything goes wrong, you will find a fellow to alert you,lessen dependence on machine be homosaphiens”

Vishal Bhati
Vishal Bhati
6 years ago

Thanks.

dipanjan saha
dipanjan saha
6 years ago

Now i have the quick heal total security
I have blocked some websites but it’s still opening with uc browser
What to do ??

Rajiv Singha
6 years ago
Reply to  dipanjan saha

Hello Dipanjan Saha,

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melly
melly
5 years ago

Please read.

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