Parents will be well aware of the dangers that your child can have when they allow them unlimited access to the internet. There are countless sites that children should not see, including those offering gambling, gore, and adult entertainment.
Even content that seems innocent can be dangerous. YouTube Kids has been criticised for allowing inappropriate content to pass its filters. Popular streaming apps for kids have been taken over by groomers and pedophile rings.
Are you feeling anxious? Let’s take a look at some websites that seem harmless and parents should immediately block them.
Whisper’s tagline, “Share, Express and Meet,” should set off alarm bells in the context for children.
It is an anonymous chat app. It is similar to other similar apps and has a strong focus on explicit sexual content. Whisper’s main article at the time of writing, is called “Couples Confess”: The Most Intimate Thing My Partner And I Have Ever Done.” This article explains everything you need to know.
The app can be used on both Android or iOS without a login, which is worrying. This means that even though the T&Cs prohibit children from using the app, many people log on anyway.
We know online dating is a sham for both men and women. But if you are really interested in giving it a shot, Tinder should be your first choice. Tinder is a dangerous site and inappropriate for minors.
Tinder requires only a Facebook account to sign up. Although technically, Tinder was banned for under-18s in June 2016, it is easy to fake your birth date on Facebook. According to estimates, 7 percent of Tinder’s userbase are between 13-17 years old.
This opens up to issues like grooming and sexual abuse. You, as a parent, need to be aware of the possibility that your child might be a target. At a young age, instill the concept of “stranger danger” in your child. Tinder can also open up a world of problems for youth about self-worth and image. Your early teen can easily fall prey to an unhealthy obsession about appearance.
To protect your child’s mental and physical health, you must put Tinder on your Block List.
Ask.fm, a question-and-answer site for 13-17-year-olds, is very popular. The site looks simple enough: you can ask a question and get an answer. Simple.
There are several reasons why Ask.fm should be avoided by your children. We found it littered with innuendos and sexual requests.
These facts will help you decide if your child is not susceptible to any of the above.
- A 15-year old girl from England took his own life after being victim to cyberbullying.
- A 14-year-old girl in Leicestershire, England committed suicide in August 2013. She had been told by an Ask.fm user to “drink bleach”
- A Guardian expose showed that 10 percent of 11-16-year-olds surveyed on Ask.fm were subject to rape threats, suicide encouragement and death threats at least once daily.
- 26% of the youngsters who use Ask.fm have reported cyberbullying – which raises the question: How many incidents aren’t reported?
Omegle, a video chat site, is what you need to know. The service is free to use and you don’t need to register. The service works by randomly pairing strangers for a chat. However, you can indicate your preferences like interests and preferred gender.
Omegle offers a monitored video chat. Mods monitor the monitored version of Omegle to spot inappropriate behavior and sexual content. There is an unmonitored site, which minors still use.
It’s a recipe for disaster and should be removed from the block list.
Chatroulette is based on the same principles as Omegle. Chatroulette is a video chat platform that connects random people for conversation. You can choose to join filtered or unfiltered chat when you visit the homepage. There is no age verification.
The site’s reputation is worse than Omegle’s. Here is Keith Ablow’s (a renowned American psychiatrist)’s opinion about the site.
Two other troubling facts about the service are worth noting. First, the average age of female users is younger than that of male users. Female-only groups are typically teenagers or younger 65% of the time. This makes Chatroulette a popular destination for predators. is actually R-rated for one out of eight matches.
Second, random screenshots were added to the site’s image as part of its attempts to improve it. This means that your child’s video feed can be taken without their consent or knowledge and viewed by someone else, even if they are not doing anything wrong.
4Chan, an image-based bulletin board, is often compared to Reddit. While Reddit may not be a safe place for moderated, safe content, it isn’t nearly as bad as its older sibling. It is one of the most inappropriate websites for teens and children on the internet.
It has a worryingly long rap sheet. It has been through a variety of scandals including racism, child pornography, and celebrity nude photo leaks.
This is not the group you want to see your child associate with.
Kik is an anonymous instant messaging app. Kik is an anonymous instant messenger app. Again, any information regarding anonymity or children online can be a trouble spot. However, Kik’s adult-oriented tools make it more dangerous than other chat apps.
You can find anonymous chat partners by choosing up to five interests from Kik’s database. Many of these are sexually explicit. Worse, anyone can message your account. In the hope that they are real, users can send spam messages to multiple usernames.
It is a paradise for predators; stop it.
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These sites and apps might not be detected by parental controls. They aren’t necessarily dangerous, but they can be taken at face value. These issues can be attributed to the site’s handling of minor users or the way other people use it.
This just reinforces the importance of being aware of how your children use the internet. You need to be able to identify which apps they use and how they function. You might run into problems if you don’t have this knowledge.