What is your APP-Titude? Can you name all of the apps on your child’s phone? Are you aware that many apps initial use is being modified and used by sexual predators or to harm those using the app. Unfortunately social media earns the trust of many causing dangerous outcomes.
Wink – The Wink app connects users with people they don’t know. It’s designed to work like popular dating apps, where users swipe through profiles to discover new people. Once connected, Wink “friends” can chat in the app or click a button to connect on Snapchat.
The Blue Whale Challenge
The Blue Whale Challenge is a game teens play to perform harmful tasks over 50 days, with the last task urging the victim to die by suicide. The challenge as a whole is meant to harm students and slowly get them to trust the game. Each challenge in the game shames the student to take another action (or they will share their secrets with the public). Get involved, have a healthy dialog with your students about their day and social media. Pay attention to any changes in your teen’s behavior, especially if they become reserved, withdrawn, or fearful of social media. Consider contacting your teen’s school. If your child has engaged with anything like the Blue Whale Challenge, other students might be engaging with it too. Watch our Blue Whale Challenge video.
How can I keep my kids safe on the Internet?
Printable Resource – Indiana State Police
Unfortunately, this list from Indiana State Police is just the beginning of the apps to watch. Our children are using the internet more and more with the current pandemic state. Good apps support our students during this time; however, there are also potential dangers and encourage cyberbullying.
TALK TO YOUR STUDENT. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Internet use and technology are not going away. Teaching your child how to be safe is a life-skill!