So, you finally caved in and bought your child a smartphone! That’s wonderful— props to being a cool parent!
But you’re still not sure if that was the right thing to do. After all, it is a little risky and it’s debatable—should kids be allowed to own a smartphone?
The thing is a smartphone is a double-edged sword. It’s great for keeping in touch with your kids but at the same time, you’re throwing them into a world of chaos where they’re free to interact with strangers.
We live in the day and age where social media is all the rage. And Facebook and Instagram may be the popular platforms, but app developers are producing thousands of new apps every year. Apps that may seemingly be harmless, but have great potential for misuse.
The Apps You SHOULD Be Looking Out For
According to a study, in 2007, Pew Research found that 32% of teens admitted to being harassed online. A decade later, in 2016, the numbers remained unchanged.
But the National Crime Prevention Council claims that the number is higher than that—around 43%!
With that in mind, the best way to prevent your child from becoming a victim to monitor the apps they download. Some of the apps that you should watch out for are:
Roblox may appear as an innocent Minecraft replica but it’s more than that! Now we’re all for building things from blocks but with a community that’s known for harassing its players, we’d like to ask you to be careful.
Fortunately, Roblox has introduced a few features that allow parents to keep their kids safe. Some of these include disabling chat and age-appropriate settings!
You probably didn’t expect this one to be on the list, or you probably did. Either way, Snapchat isn’t the safest app to use, mainly because it allows your child to send 10-second videos or images that quickly disappear.
While you can’t take screenshots, that doesn’t mean that you can’t take pictures using another phone!
Whatsapp is used by just about everyone but that doesn’t mean that it’s safe. When you send an image to someone through Whatsapp, it is automatically saved on the recipient’s phone.
From cracking Facebook messages to monitoring apps, accessing video and photos, we can help you keep your child safe!
Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-503-5795 to learn more or talk to our representative today!