Apps that every parent should know about

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Beginning of the school year is a delicate time for children and youth. If academic expectations are not enough, children seem to believe that they are expected to live up to peer-pressure as well. This is always accompanied by insecurities and complexes.

There are helplines, guides and mentors that exist in the physical world, but children seem to be more comfortable taking the virtual route. Research shows that an increasing number of children all over the world are resorting to apps to discuss their insecurities and problems. Some just download the apps to have whale of a time but fail to realize that there is always a downside.

talklifeApps like Talk Life encourage children to discuss personal issues and struggles such as suicidal thoughts, self-harm, low-esteem and bullying publicly.

Once the app is downloaded, the user has to provide their full name, photograph, information regarding their sex and birth date. Additionally they have to provide brief bio about themselves. Then the users go on to confess – anything and everything ranging from self-harm to rape and illicit drug abuse. Some of them use the forum to give their goodbye messages as a result of suicide allegations.

What is most disconcerting about the app is even if a reporting feature is available there is no option to report a message for immediate action by a Talk Life moderator, emergency services etc.

KIKMost of the Talk Life user profiles are connected to KIK usernames. In an earlier post we had discussed about the KIK Messenger – now officially recognized by police forces all over the world as a breeding ground for online predators. Predators often use a tactics known as “grooming”, which becomes easier if the predator knows that the victim is suffering from self-esteem issues. These issues are exploited by the predator to make the victim feel “accepted and loved” which are followed by requests to see photos, that dangerously turns into threat of acts such as sexting, exploitation and sextortion.

These apps can be downloaded by anyone and there is no process to validate the age or identity. Even if it asks for an email address before posting, there is no follow up email to verify the account.

Without adequate safety and security protocols, these apps are potential score grounds for cyberbullies, online predators and mischief mongers.

Children and youth often overlook the consequences of their online choices. Most of them don’t realize that even with their confessions they are creating a digital footprint that cannot be erased. Things that might come back to haunt them at a later stage in their life as they apply for higher studies or look for a job.

What you as a parent can do about it?

First – Talk, communicate and please when we say “talk” we don’t mean “nag” or “harass” information out of your child. Communication is the best way to understand what you child is going through.

Second – Resort to technology for help. Restrict downloads, change passwords for downloads. Limit your credit card access. Install a security software that has parental control feature in it.

Soumya Patnaik

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Hrushi
Hrushi
7 years ago

Very true.
Really good info.

Hrushi Sonar.

Pranav Panhalkar
Pranav Panhalkar
7 years ago

Very essential and useful info. Every parent as well as teacher must know about this.

chinu
chinu
7 years ago

100% u r right . Its Really need to every parents to come out & study this article. Thanks

Arunava Bhattacharjee
Arunava Bhattacharjee
7 years ago

Indeed the information is most valuable and contemporary in respect of the present generation. It will at least help the parents in guiding their children. Thanks a lot.

aman
aman
7 years ago

v.v good

Tanmoy Paul
Tanmoy Paul
7 years ago

I just want to ask that is Kik Messenger good or bad?
Mail me the result/opinion.

Rajiv Singha
7 years ago
Reply to  Tanmoy Paul

Hi Tanmoy,

The blog does not intend, in any way, to promote or demote applications like KIK or Talk Life. It has only highlighted the implications that can be caused by their misuse.

Regards,

Satish Trivedi
Satish Trivedi
7 years ago

realy good warning for perants

sagar
sagar
7 years ago

Now I would be able to xpress my feelings to someone.

S. Ramesh Kumar
S. Ramesh Kumar
7 years ago

An excellent piece of information to parents & children of the present gadget savvy age.

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gitikaranjan sarangi
7 years ago

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Rajiv Singha
7 years ago

Hi Gitikaranjan,

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Regards,

wagbhushan dwivedi
wagbhushan dwivedi
7 years ago

this is right step to create awareness among the youth, so they will understand better way of life

Subhash Chandra Lal
Subhash Chandra Lal
7 years ago

Thanks for information.

Mehul Shah
Mehul Shah
7 years ago

Good Info. Thanks for sharing. Very Useful.

ajay sharma
ajay sharma
7 years ago

please add the share option so this kind of valuable information can be shared with family and friend

thanks

Ca Rajshree Jhawar
Ca Rajshree Jhawar
7 years ago

Very informative.
In this cyber age parents are required to be vigilant like never before…

Satish Verma
Satish Verma
7 years ago

Really, very useful information, especially for parents. Thank you very much for communicating it .

Vinod Sharma
Vinod Sharma
7 years ago

Thankfully, when my children were toddlers, I used to talk to them a lot. And now we can talk over anything under the Sun. But the suggestions are valuable and need to be adopted by every parent. vinxn2003@yahoo.com.

Avijit Indu
Avijit Indu
7 years ago

good information which help the parents truely.

JASWANT SHAH MEHSANA
JASWANT SHAH MEHSANA
7 years ago

Good information for today senario

Suresh Relwani
Suresh Relwani
7 years ago

A very good and a genuine advice. Parents should follow these guidelines to avoid the complications in future in their children’s life.

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