Although the posts are anonymous, kids start revealing personal information as they get more comfortable with other users.This app is a rumor machine and a perfect channel for the kinds of bullies who hide behind a screen, hurting other people behind a shield of anonymity. – This app allows users to ask a specific person anonymous questions.When choosing this feature, an Omegle Facebook App will receive your Facebook “likes” and try to match you with a stranger with similar likes. This app is the perfect channel for sexual predators.
Hawkins, Information Security Officer Over the past several years, I have been actively speaking to parents, children, tweens, teens, and young adults regarding the dangers of the Internet and social media.
I discovered rather quickly that I could not prepare a single set of presentations to use over and over again.
As with my presentations, articles such as this are a moving target as things get more troublesome by the minute. Because of this, more apps get developed that push the envelope of morality and safety.
Look, if the developers could ensure the apps would only be used between consenting adults, I wouldn’t have a problem with all of this; however, the only way to ensure that to any reasonable level is to pretty much kill the app’s revenue streams.
There is very little you can do to verify the identity of someone on Kik, which obviously poses the risk of sexual predators chatting with your child. Just last month, a 13 year old girl was murdered by a man she presumably met on Kik Messenger. Omegle – This App has been around since 2008, with video chat added in 2009.
When you use Omegle you do not identify yourself through the service – chat participants are only identified as “You” and “Stranger;” the app’s slogan is “Talk to Strangers! However, you can connect Omegle to your Facebook account to find chat partners with similar interests.In order to write an article such as this that is intended to reach the parents of potential victims, I have to be general in my assumptions and sweeping in my aim.I would rather offend you than not get the message out to someone that could prevent a devastating, life altering event for a child.One man in Washington was convicted of raping a 12-year-old girl he met on this App just last year. After School – This app is a message board that students can join by scanning their school I. However, this app effortlessly creates drama and conflict among users because they all attend the same school. This year, a single school had problems with posts that included topless photos, alarmingly vulgar posts from males talking about fellow female students, and more.There is even a section where students can scan their driver’s license and enter a discussion only for students ages 17 and up, openly creating an environment for the discussion of more explicit material.He is a part of Cook Children's Experts on Call Speakers Bureau.