Are your foster kids at risk? New smartphone apps to watch out for

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05/07/2017 10:39am

New apps come out almost every day, but how do you know which ones are suitable for children? Whereas some have age limits or are generally no-go zones, others are safe in themselves but get abused by trolls. It can be hard to tell.

Luckily, the West Midlands Police and Ofsted keep a list of over 100 apps to be aware of. You’ll find it in full at the end of the article, but first let’s take a look at a few trending now.

  

New apps to be aware of:

 

Lovoo

This dating app uses the location of your child’s smartphone – and therefore your child – to search for nearby people to engage in private chats with. It also has a paid VIP option that lets userslook at your profile anonymously so you don’t know if they’ve seen your photos and details. Definitely not for children.

  

Woozworld

Although it’s generally an innocent gaming app – letting your child fashion a character and do quests in a virtual world – Woozworld’s chat features could be abused by dishonest people. There’s no accountability as you only need a parent’s email address to sign up, and there’s no way of telling who strangers really are.

 

That being said, the game itself is fine for children. If you’re happy for them to play, advise them to only chat with people they know and to never give out any personal information. If strangers start talking to them, they should speak to you immediately.

 

Monkey

An app that lets you Facetime with randomly selected strangers, Monkey is by its nature risky business. There’s no telling what someone will be doing when their live video feed starts playing on your screen, so there’s no way of preventing inappropriate images.

 

In addition, because users can follow each other on SnapChat after connecting on Monkey, what starts as a random encounter could escalate with sustained contact. Another app that’s not for children.

  

A great app for parents: Gallery Guardian

Many children take inappropriate photos of themselves without thinking about the consequences. But with Gallery Guardian, an app that detects nudity in images, you’ll know if it ever happens.

If your child takes or is sent an explicit photo, or downloads one from the internet, an alert is sent to your smartphone so you can deal with the problem. The app has a 96% success rate so it’s well worth getting.

 

 

More apps that could cause problems

Don’t panic if you find a child using these apps, it could be perfectly harmless. Just make sure you look them up on Google to find out exactly what they involve. Search for: “Is [app name] suitable for my children?” Then talk to whoever’s using them so they understand the risks and the right way to behave.

 

Content sharing apps

4Chan

DeviantArt

Dubsmash

Foursquare

House Party

KamStar

Keek

Live.ly

Live.me

Medium

Musical.ly

MyMFB

Peach

Periscope

Pheed

Reddit

Renren

Secret Piano

Slingshot

Vimeo

VK

Weibo

Wishbone

Yellow Friends

YouNow

 

 

Dating apps

Badoo

Blendr

Down

Fuzz

Gaydar

Grindr

Guy Spy

HookedUp

Hornet

Hot or Not

Huggle

MeetMe

Meetup

MyLOL

Skout

Snog

Swipe Flirts

Teenber

Tinder

Twoo

W-match

Waplog

Zoosk

 

 

 

 

Gaming apps

Bin Weevils

Boom Beach

Clash of Clans

Club Penguin

Double Dog

Habbo Hotel

Minecraft

Miniclip

Moshi Monsters

MovieStarPlanet

Roblox

Runescape

Second Life

Steam

Twitch

World of Warcraft

Woozworld

Zgirls

 

 

 

 

Messaging apps

Ask.fm

Battlenet

BBM

Burn Note

Cake

Chat Avenue

Chatroulette

Curse

Cyber Dust

Dischord

Disqus

FMYLife

GroupMe

ICQ

InstaMessage

Kik Messenger

KK Friends

Line

Live Chat

Meow Chat

Mumble

Omegle

ooVoo

SayHi

Send safe

Secret

Shoutout

Signal

Snapchat

Streamago

Tango

TeamSpeak

Telegram

TigerText

Ventrillo

Viber

Voxer

WeChat

Whisper

Wickr

Yik Yak

Zello PTT

Zobe