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Apps for Kids (Everything You Need to Know): Dangerous Apps, the Best Apps, & More

There seems to be a new app each week that our kids love. 

But, how can you keep them safe…?

We know it’s hard to keep up with which apps are dangerous & which are the best apps for your kids.

So…

With the help of our tech expert Burton Kelso, we gathered everything you need to know: The Guide to Best Apps for Kids & Dangerous Apps.

Best Apps for Kids & Dangerous Apps

Apps For Kids: Everything You Need to Know

Here you go!

Burton gathered the most dangerous apps for children to have access to, as well as the best apps for exploring the outdoors, learning, & other fun apps. 

Check out the best apps for kids as well as educated yourself on the dangerous apps out there: 

Outdoor Apps to Explore Nature

Dangerous Apps for Kids

Best Kids Apps 

Outdoor Apps to Explore Nature

Check out these 3 nature apps you can use to explore the outdoors! 

If you have kids that are videogamers or technology-lovers, this can be a great way to get them outside & excited about exploring nature…

 

Dangerous Apps Parents Should Watch Out for 2019

If you’re like most parents, technology use with your kids can be challenge to deal with. Are you confused which apps your kids should not have on their smartphones and tablets? 

There are a ton of apps that are not kid appropriate, but here is a list of some of the more dangerous apps you need to make sure aren’t on your kids, tween or teens smart devices.

Dangerous Live Streaming Apps. 

In this digital world we live in, any kid who has a smart device can take photos and videos for entertainment.  Unlike Skype and Facetime, popular live streaming apps put them at risk by allowing them to come in contact with strangers and inappropriate content. Monitor your children’s use of live streaming apps like:

  1. YouTube. Yes, this may come as a surprise, but YouTube isn’t a safe place for kids to upload videos. Many popular video-gamers stream through YouTube, which makes your kids want to stream video too. Letting your kids stream to YouTube can put them in the sites of online predators who are now roaming the site to look for kids to exploit.
  2. Tik Tok is the replacement for Live.ly and Musical.ly. Like the apps before, this app allows kids to record live video of themselves and post it to the web.
    • Sounds neat, but use the app can put your kids in contact cyberbullies, predators and sexual content.

Dangerous Messaging Apps.

Everyone wants to text including your kids, but most messaging apps don’t have good parental controls or privacy settings.

  1. Instagram DM. As a popular song says, ‘It goes down in the DM’ and on Instagram, that’s where your kids are hanging out on Instagram … in the direct messenger. Sure they post photos to the account, but direct messenger allows them to chat, without parents seeing what they are talking about or who they are talking to.
  2. Chatous. This is a social networking app that randomly matches strangers across the world for chat sessions. The app says users must be 17 years or older to use, but there is no age verification available. Any app that allows kids to randomly chat with a stranger is not good for kids, tween and teens.

Dangerous Hookup Apps.

If you have older children, this is another dangerous app. One of the more scarier things about dating apps, is they utilize the GPS tracking feature on your kids devices, allowing strangers to keep tabs on your kids’ location and chat with them directly.

Be sure to keep your eye out for apps like Tinder & Badoo. 

 

The most dangerous thing on the Internet are parents that don’t monitor their kids online.

Make sure you have access to your kids smart devices at all times. Set rules for smart device and app use before introducing your children to a mobile device.  As parents, its your responsibility to know what apps they are using, what sites they are visiting, and who they are talking to online. 

Parents of younger kids need to lock up smart phones and tablets at night. Letting your kids and tweens keep their devices in their rooms is asking for trouble.  Parents of teens should consider routinely check their devices to see what apps are downloaded and used.  If you find yourself in a situation with children who can’t follow the rules, take the device from the child.  It’s better to have an upset kid, rather than one who is being bullied or interacting with an online predator.

From iFamily to Yours,

Burton

Chief Tech Expert at Integral.

They offer tech support to homes and businesses all over the Kansas City Metro. He provides easy technology tips, Internet lifestyle, & info on kids technology safety and internet security.

Watch great tech tip videos on Burton’s YouTube channel

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