What Is The Most Dangerous Social Media App For Kids?

Social media platforms are the place to connect with people from around the globe. Children routinely use social networking apps to share photos and videos, and message with other users. According to AACAP, “surveys show that ninety percent of teens ages 13-17 have used social media.”

However, these social media apps can only do so much to ensure the safety of kids who use them. Parents must educate themselves, as well as their children, on using these apps and avoiding dangerous situations.

Below we’ve listed the most dangerous social media apps for kids and the most common dangers. We’ve also answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding dangerous social media apps.

 

Most Dangerous Social Media Apps For Kids

Snapchat 

Snapchat is one of the most popular (and dangerous apps) used by kids today. Using it, kids can share Snaps containing a photo or video publicly or directly with other users. Typically, Snaps are only viewable once and are on the platform for 24 hours. 

However, several features put children at risk, specifically Snap Map and messaging. With Snap Map, users are able to share their location with their friends in real-time. This exposes kids to being stalked by friends, frenemies, or strangers in-person. 

In regards to messaging, anyone can send a friend request or message an user. Naive kids may accept these messages and request thinking it is a legitimate person or someone they know. However, it may be a hacker, scammer, or sexual predator. 

To protect your child on Snapchat, check out these parental controls

Instagram

Instagram is the app to share photos and videos with your followers. Users share practically anything they want for personal and business purposes, abiding by the platform rules. However, the features kids use that could put them at risk are Instagram Direct and location tagging. 

Using Instagram Direct, users can message anyone they want, even private accounts. This exposes children to receiving unwanted messages from predators, creeps, and spammers. 

In posts and stories, users are able to tag their location in real-time. By kids tagging their locations, predators and stalkers could view their location and/or find out where they frequently visit. 

To protect your child on Snapchat, check out these parental controls

YouTube

YouTube is the platform to find and watch videos on every topic – entertainment, beauty, technology, tutorial, how-to, and so on. Many schools even use the platform to provide kids with educational videos for classes and assignments. 

However, the platform is filled with inappropriate content including nudity, violence, and language. If not monitored closely, your children will have free reign to view whatever content they wish. To prevent this, check out the YouTube parental controls

TikTok

TikTok is the top trending social media app across the globe. Users can share short 15 to 60- second videos of anything. There are always popular trending videos, dances, and challenges that can be found using the Discovery features. With a quick video upload, a user can get TikTok famous!

However, on this platform, users are able to easily search for any user by their name and handle. Also, if they use a hashtag in the video description, it can be viewable by anyone who searches the hashtag. So, even if your child’s account is private, doesn’t mean their content is from viewers and commenters. 

Thankfully, TikTok has several parental controls to protect children. 

Facebook

Kids today are rarely on Facebook. They only do so to friend older family members who use the platform or to look for business information. Often, kids will just join Facebook to use Messenger to privately communicate with others. 

Even if your kids rarely use the platform, they could still be targeted by online predators or fake accounts. It only takes one login for your child to become a victim. If your child happens to use Facebook, enable these parental controls.

Twitter

Twitter is the platform to share what’s on your mind with simple text posts. Users can also share photos, videos, polls, GIFs, and reply to other tweets. Kids especially like the platform to keep up with the trending entertainment and music news. 

Like on other platforms, kids are always at risk of being harassed by users. Be it replying to their tweets or messaging them directly. Twitter does have some parental controls, but not as many as platforms like TikTok. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Social Media Dangers & Safety

What is the safest social media app?

There isn’t a specific social media app that is considered the safest. Even, though most social media platforms like TikTok and Snapchat have parental controls, they are still dangerous for kids to use. Consider using kid-friendly social media options like Messenger Kids and YouTube Kids. 

What are the risks of social media?

There are several risks to using social media, especially for children. These risks include:

  • Social media addiction.
  • Developing FOMO (fear of missing out).
  • Having depression and suicidal thoughts.
  • Cyberbullying, trolling, and harassment.
  • Being the target of sexual predators, hackers, scammers, and other online criminals. 
  • Physical side effects including lack of sleep, vision blurriness, and carpal tunnel. 
  • Data being exposed to data breaches.
  • Viewing inappropriate content. 

Is social media helpful or harmful? 

Social media can be both harmful and helpful to the user. These platforms are beneficial in connecting people with loved ones, enabling the sharing of thoughts and opinions, and easy communication. Social media platforms have many risks with cyberbullying, data breaches, and users being targeted by criminals being a few. 

Why is Snapchat so dangerous? 

Snapchat is one of the most dangerous social media platforms, especially for kids. Messages and friend requests can be sent by anyone on the platform, even predators and criminals. Also, with Snap Map, users can share their real-time location with friends. This could lead to being stalked by a connection on the platform. 

If you are a parent who’s trying to keep their child safe on social media, consider using the PhoneSpector Cell Phone Monitoring App.

 

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