Parents, you need to be aware that truly dangerous apps exist and are readily available to your children.And, if you are reading this as a young person or young adult who thinks I am being condescending, tough. Hawkins, Information Security Officer Over the past several years, I have been actively speaking to parents, children, tweens, teens, and young adults regarding the dangers of the Internet and social media.
Carrot Dating (no longer available at the time this article was written) was an app that was borderline prostitution in the same way ads are also “borderline” prostitution. Although Carrot Dating has been nixed, the philosophy behind the trend is still evident… Of course, “dates” can be defined in ways other than going out to dinner and a movie. The messages have no filter and can be viewed by the 500 Yakkers who are closest to the person who wrote the Yak, as determined by GPS tracking.
Users are exposed to – and contributing to – sexually explicit content, abusive language, and personal attacks so severe that schools are starting to block the App on their Wi-Fi.
This app also allows users to identify themselves by a made up username, posing the dangers of anonymity.
To make matters even scarier, third party websites allow users to search for people based on things like age and gender.
There is very little you can do to verify the identity of someone on Kik, which obviously poses the risk of sexual predators chatting with your child. Just last month, a 13 year old girl was murdered by a man she presumably met on Kik Messenger. Omegle – This App has been around since 2008, with video chat added in 2009.
When you use Omegle you do not identify yourself through the service – chat participants are only identified as “You” and “Stranger;” the app’s slogan is “Talk to Strangers! However, you can connect Omegle to your Facebook account to find chat partners with similar interests.Bullies, predators, and more can send anonymous messages to a specific person, asking them inappropriate things or even simply making hurtful statements. Kik Messenger – This is a private messenger app and is coveted by those under 18 for a number of reasons.The App allows kids to send private messages that their parents can’t see.Seeking Arrangement identifies itself as a “sugar daddy dating app”.While discussing Seeking Arrangement, it is also important to note that Brandon Wade also created an app called Carrot Dating. It allows users to post text-only “Yaks,” or messages, of up to 200 characters.“I have two guys that tell me they love me throughout the day.