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Apps to watch out for on your kids' phones

October 4, 2019

In the U.S., recent arrests of men who allegedly tried to have sex with children have prompted police in North America to issue warnings of apps that can be used by potential predators. Video Journalist Naveen Day has compiled a list of apps to watch out for on your kids' phones.

It is often hard to tell what your kids or grandkids are up to when they are staring at their phones or tablets. Apps like WhatsApp and Snapchat are widely known and accepted by parents, despite they can share your kids' live location with other users, people they may not even know.

Other apps you may not know include MeetMe.  An app where teens can easily be in contact with users much older than them, with an emphasis on dating.

Then there's Skout which is a flirting app that is used to meet and chat with new people.  Teens and adults are in different groups, but ages are NOT verified.

Badoo and Bumble are dating apps for adults, but teens can still find ways to join.

Grindr is geared towards the LGBTQ2 community.  It allows users to share photos and meet up based on the phones GPS location.

Holla is an app that allows you to do live video chat with people nearby or around the world.

Whisper is a social confessional where kids can remain anonymous, but still share their feelings.  And it can reveal your child's location for a meet-up.

And lastly, a very sinister app to be watchful for is Secret Calculator.  A calculator app with a hidden area in which kids can hide explicit photos, videos and website bookmarks.

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