The Pasco, Florida sheriff has decided your teen would be much safer without some apps that he says are known to be gateways to bullying, racism, and even pedophilia. The warning list contains apps like Tik Tok, WhatsApp, and LiveMe.
He also said the apps collect private info or apps like Calculator+ are a place to store pictures they don't want parents to see.
(Pensacola Police Department)
The bad rap on each rapp are as follows, according to the sheriffs..
MeetMe is a dating social media app that allows users to connect with people based on geographic proximity. As the app's name suggests, users are encouraged to meet each other in person.
WhatsApp is a popular messaging app that allows users to send texts, photos, voicemails, make calls and video chats worldwide. WhatsApp uses an internet connection on smart phones and computers.
Bumble is similar to the popular dating app Tinder, however it requires women to make the first contact. Kids have been known to use Bumble to create fake accounts and falsify their age.
LiveMe is a live-streaming video app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can find out a broadcaster's exact location. Users can earn "coins" as a way to "pay" minors for photos.
Ask.fmis known for cyber bullying. The app encourages users to allows anonymous people to ask them questions.
Grindr is a dating app geared toward LGBTQ+ people. The app gives users options to chat, share photos and meet up based on a smart phone's GPS location.
TikTok is a new mobile device app popular with kids used for creating and sharing short videos. With very limited privacy controls, users are vulnerable to cyber bullying and explicit content.
Snapchat isone of the most popular apps in recent years. While the app promises users can send a photo/video and it will disappear, new features including "stories" allows users to view content for up to 24 hours. Snapchat also allows users to see your location.
Holla is a self-proclaimed"addicting" video chat app that allows users to meet people all over the world in just seconds. Reviewers say they have been confronted with racial slurs, explicit content, and more.
Calculator%is one of SEVERAL secret apps used to hide photos, videos, files, and browser history.
Skout isa location-based dating app and website. While users under 17 years old are unable to share private photos, kids can easily create an account using a different age.
Badoo is a dating and social networking app where users can chat, share photos and videos and connect based on location. The app is intended for adults only, teens are known to create profiles.
Kik allows anyone to contact and direct message your child. Kids can bypass traditional text messaging features. Kik gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Whisperis an anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user's location so people can meet up.
Hot or Notencourages users to rate your profile, check out people in their area, and chat with strangers. The goal of this app is to hook up.