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40 Force: Protecting Against Predators – Dangerous Apps

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(WGGB) — It’s estimated that 95 percent of kids age 12 through 17 are online and wherever there are kids, there are bound to be predators.

For older kids – teens in particular – some of the very apps they use could be putting them in danger.

“Everyday, there’s a new different app that kids use. There’s instant message apps like Kik. You name it, they’re out there,” explains Jackie Clini from Springfield Public Schools.

As it’s website says, 100 million users love the app called Kik. There’s a good chance one of them could be your kid. The trendy smartphone app lets you instant message other members.

But other apps make Kik seem relatively boring.

There’s Omegle, an app that randomly pairs users in one-on-one chat and video sessions anonymously using the handles “you” and “stranger”. The home page even says, don’t get ‘pervy’

Another – Chatroullette – also pairs random people from around the world together for video-based conversations.

There’s also Iddin, an app that boasts “a user can be connected to strangers in ten seconds or probably less.”

Clini adds, “My first piece of advice when I do parent workshops is to make sure that the computer, the device your child is using, is in a general location. So that means not in the basement. Not in the bedroom. But either in the living room or directly in your kitchen while your cooking dinner or on your dining room table.”

It’s also important to build trust with your child and let them know that just because they might be away from home, or at a friends house, the same internet rules apply.

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