Safety: 15 Apps To Be Aware Of

Contributed by: Lorna Gray, National Youth Facilitator

Here are fifteen apps to be aware of in terms of keeping our young people safe online, including a quick summary as well as any issues to be aware of with and how young people are using these apps. The online world is forever changing and evolving, so get in touch if you are aware of any popular apps that you think should be added to this list.

MeetMe A dating social media app that connects people based on location. Users are encouraged to meet in person.
WhatsApp A messaging app that allows texts, video calls, photo sharing and voicemails with users worldwide.
 Bumble Similar to Tinder, but requires women to make the first contact. Children and young people are now creating fake accounts and falsifying their age. This is confirmed with the Police.
 Live.Me A live-streaming app that uses geolocation to share videos. Police are saying users can  earn “coins” to “pay” minors for photos of themselves.
 Ask.FM This app lets users ask anonymous questions and although it has positives, it is being used by young people for cyberbullying.
 Grindr A dating app geared toward the LGBTQ community based on user location. 
 Tik Tok A new popular app that lets users create and share short videos. This app has “very limited privacy controls” and users can be exposed to cyberbullying and explicit content.
Holla This self-proclaimed “addicting” video chat app lets users meet people in seconds. Police say users have seen racial slurs and explicit content.
Calculator+ Police say this is one of several apps that are used to hide photos, videos, files and browser history.
Snapchat One of the most popular social media apps in the world, Snapchat lets users take and share photos and videos. The app also lets people see your location.
 Kik Police say young people can bypass traditional text messaging features using this app. Kik gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Whisper An anonymous social network that lets users share secrets with strangers. Police say it also shows users’ location so people can meet up.

Hot or Not
This app lets users rate profiles, check out people in their area and chat with strangers. Police say the goal of the app is to hook up. Young people getting drawn in and using it as a tool for cyberbullying as well.
Skout

 

A location-based dating app that is supposed to prohibit people under 17 from sharing private photos. However, police say children and young people can, and are, easily creating an account with a different age.
Badoo A dating and social media app where users can chat and share photos and videos based on location. Police say the app is supposed to be for adults only, but they’ve seen teens create accounts.