A few months ago, the authorities of Florida arrested 25 men on charges of exploitation children to provide sexual services to adults. In most cases, the perpetrators used social networking apps to reach teenage boys and girls.
Following the arrest of the perpetrators, authorities published a list of social networking apps that are dangerous for children and adolescents.
"Unfortunately, the internet allows for easy and anonymous access to children by strangers hiding behind a computer screen. We must act to ensure that our most vulnerable population is safe and protected, "said Sheriff Tom Knight.
According to Knight, the perpetrators attempted to establish a relationship of trust with the teenagers in order to exploit them sexually.
The list of potentially dangerous applications is well known Companies, such as SnapChat and WhatsApp, but also other lesser known, such as a calculator, that allows users to hide photos, video, and browser history.
The most dangerous applications that teenagers use are:
Ask.fm: This is a site that allows other users to do different things questions. According to some, it is often used for cyberbullying.
Badoo: It's a well-known one application of dating, which allows users to chat and send photos and videos. The application is intended for adults, but is also used by children and adolescents.
Bumble: Similar to the Tinder app. Researchers have discovered that the app is also used by teenagers who use it fake names and ages.
Grindr: It's one application of dating aimed at homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders. Users can chat and share photos and videos. They can also use it GPS to identify users near them.
Holla: Through this application, users can reach people around the world via video. However, some users have reported that they have received racist comments and have been harassed in various ways.
Hot or Not: Another one application of dating which helps users find people near their area.
Who: An application exchange of messages known for its preservation anonymity of its users. The recent years, used by 40% of American teenagers.
Liveme: It is about a livestreaming video application. The application uses a virtual currency called "coins", which can be used to "pay" minors to send photos.
MeetMe: Another one dating, based on geographical proximity. The app even encourages users to get up close.
Skout: Dating application where users under 17 years of age cannot share photos. However, adolescents and children have found ways to overcome this obstacle.
SnapChat: One of the most popular applications that allows sharing photos and videos but promises to delete them immediately. Also known as geographical position of users.
TikTok: An application that allows you to create and share short videos. Users can view inappropriate content.
WhatsApp: This application has the same functions as a phone. Users can make calls, send messages to share photos and videos with people around the world.
Whisper: This is an application that allows users to share secrets with strangers. Maintains her anonymity of users. Like many other applications, it shares information about it location of users.
The above social networking apps are often used by teenagers. However, most of them can also be used by adults who want to exploit children for evil purposes. Parents should be very careful and monitor their children's devices and the applications they use.