As I wrote earlier this year, Musical.ly is a fun app that lots of young kids use to create fun, silly lip dubs with friends. The problem is, it also has a messaging feature which makes kids vulnerable to predators, as this dad found out the hard way. You have to have your settings SERIOUSLY locked down, or kids can post publicly and post their locations, too. Plus, they can always see others’ inappropriate content AND see or get inappropriate COMMENTS on their own stuff and others. It’s fun, but it requires a TON of monitoring if you’re going to let your kids use it (and spoiler alert: they WILL survive without it if you decide it’s too dangerous.)
Ugh, this dangerous app is basically like Tinder for teens. HARD PASS on that one. Look, parents, we need to make sure our kids know that there are PLENTY of ways to meet people that DO NOT INVOLVE SOCIAL MEDIA. Yikes. Meet a real person, like, IN PERSON, at school, at church, by joining a club or youth group, etc. Bottom line: your underage child should not be using an app to meet “new people” (i.e. STRANGERS) in your area.
Eeek, this one actually DOES make me Flinch. It’s basically a dumb game that can turn into a cakewalk for predators. This app is a live staring contest between users. That’s right, your kid and another user face off via live video and facial recognition software decides who laughs or flinches first. Ummm…screenshots of your child’s face and a live video link to your child’s location? How about NOPE. Ix-nay on the inch-Flay!!
Ok, moms and dads, you know what to do! Go check those devices, and check them often! Be VIGILANT, and talk to your kids about WHY these are dangerous apps, too. Check out our older but still relevant expanded list for some of the original dangerous apps that kids still use, too.