Teens are known for their erratic behavior. Parents are always complaining about the time they spend on their phones, keeping up to speed with social media, and texting their friends.
Parents often find themselves shocked at how many different platforms their kids are on that basically do the same thing. Your teen will probably argue that every app does one feature better than the other. Teens also use certain apps for the privacy they offer, such as Snapchat.
Many parents don’t understand that the more apps their child uses, the higher the possibility of them being contacted by someone shady. Cyberbullies use different texting apps to manipulate and harass unsuspecting children.
Here are some of the most commonly used apps for cyberbullying:
Facebook and Twitter
Social media websites like Twitter and Facebook are free to download and often come pre-installed in devices. The information shared on such platforms is often publicly visible to ‘friends.’ Parents should be on the friends lists of their kids to monitor what is being shared. That being said, your kids could have you on ‘restricted’ for certain or all posts.
Such applications also allow for private chats. Cyberbullies use such apps to harass children in private chats. If a particular cyberbully or stalker is part of your child’s friends list, they also have access to their information and pictures. Hacking accounts and impersonation are commonly associated with cyberbullying too.
Whisper and Streetchat
Confession apps are popular these days. Users can post text and photos anonymously. Teens using this app often bond over similar secrets and interest. Revealing a dark or embarrassing secret on such a website can lead to the person getting bullied, however.
Such apps can get really dark, really fast. Kids who find themselves addicted to these apps can find themselves seeing things that can emotionally damage them. Most parents don’t even know that confession apps are a thing, which makes them all the more dangerous.
Whatsapp and Kik
There are many texting apps out there. The initial goal for such platforms was to provide a free chatting experience to users. However, these applications now also allow media files to be shared as well as location, documents, and contacts.
Once their phone number is verified, teens can use the app even without a network or when the device is deactivated. The privacy such apps give them should be a cause of concern to parents. You can never be too sure of who your kids are talking to and whether or not they are a victim of any malicious activity.
Cellphone spy software like PhoneSpector allow you to keep an eye on what your child is doing on their devices. It gives you access to their browsing history and chats. Parents are able to better understand what’s going on in their child’s lives and look out for any suspicious activity or age-inappropriate content on their kid’s devices.
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