With all the apps out there that individualize communication preferences among teens, such as limiting "sharing," parents should still hold their breath. Face it, parents: times have changed. It's your duty to discuss these applications with your kids. And parents should also familiarize themselves with the so-called temporary apps.
- Temporary messages do not vanish forever.
- Are anonymous applications really anonymous?
- How temporary is "temporary"?
- Users can stay anonymous and conduct all sorts of communication.
- Has perks, like seeing if someone read your message.
- Has drawbacks, such as accidentally sending content to more people than the user intended.
- Easy to end up communicating with anonymous strangers.
- Involves ads disguised as communication.
- Kids anonymously ask questions, e.g., "How do I conceal my eating disorder from my parents?" This question is benign compared to others on the site, though many users are innocent teens just hanging out.
- This kind of site, though, promotes cyberbullying.
- Intended for adults, this app is where you post what's eating you.
- Some posts are uplifting and inspirational, while others are examples of human depravity.
- Replete with references to drugs, liquor and lewd behavior-mixed in with the innocent, often humorous content.
- For users wanting to exchange texts and images to nearby users-hence having a unique appeal to teens.
- And it's anonymous. Users have made anonymous threats of violence via Yik Yak.
- Due to the bond of communicating with local users and the anonymity, this medium is steeped in nasty communication.
- Threats of violence will grab the attention of law enforcement who can turn "anonymous" into "identified."
- This anonymous chat forum is full of really bad language, sexual content, violence, etc.
- The app's objective is to pair teens up with strangers (creepy!).
- Yes, assume that many users are adult men-and you know why.
- Primarily for sexual chat and not for teens, but teens use it.
- Texting, sending videos, games, group chats and lots of other teeny features like thousands of emoticons.
- The Hidden Chat feature allows users to set a self-destruct time of two seconds to a week for their messages.
- For the most part it's an innocent teen hub, but can snare teens into paying for some of the features.
- Text messages are deleted after a set time period.
- Texts appear one word at a time.
- Burn Note can promote cyberbullying-for obvious reasons.
- Users put a time limit on imagery content before it's erased. So you can imagine what some of the imagery might be.
- And images aren't truly deleted, e.g., Snapsaved (unrelated to Snapchat) can dig up any Snapchatted image, or, the recipient can screenshot that nude image of your teen daughter-immortalizing it.
REPEAT: Face it, parents: times have changed. It's your duty to discuss these applications with your kids. And parents should also familiarize themselves with the so-called temporary apps.