SnapChat.  This App lets you send a photo that disappears in 10 seconds.  Once it's gone, it's gone from the sender's and the receiver's phone, but someone can take a screenshot and it goes on forever. Enables kids to feel more safe sexting. 

YikYak.  This is one of the most dangerous Apps which allows 200 characters.  The message can be viewed by the 500 physically closest Yakkers as determined by GPS.  Explicit, abusive and personal attacks have become so severe that schools are starting to block this one on their Wifi.

KiK Messenger.  This App allows kids to send private messages their parents can't see.  It's difficult to verify the identity of the person on the other end and poses the risk of sexual predators.

Poof.  This is really hideous.  It allows the user to make Apps disappear on their phone with ONE TOUCH.  Parents are none the wiser.  Very scary.  The good news is that this one is no longer available.  But, if it's already been downloaded, it could still be in there.

Omegle.  When you use Omegle, you are identified only as "You" and "Stranger."  This one attempts to match you with someone with similar likes and it is NOT okay for kids.  You don't want your kids giving out personal info, especially to sexual predators.

Whisper.  This one encourages you to post secrets.  It posts anonymously but it displays the area from which you're posting.  An unknown person can narrow the area down to about a mile.  Too close for the bad guys.


Down. This one is connected to Facebook and can indicate whether someone is "down" (their term) to hook up with.  Their slogan..."The anonymous, simple, fun way to find friends who are down for the night."  If THAT doesn't scare you...

Remember, you pay the phone bill, know what your kids are into.

Keep 'em safe!