App Awareness

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App Awareness

Do you have dangerous apps on your device?

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Kik Why it is used: • Text, send photos and videos over Wi-Fi Dangers: • No parental controls • Used by sexual predators

Yubo (Yellow)

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Why it is used: • Find friends with similar interests to meet & share photos/media Dangers: • Location sharing & profile judging • Referred to as “Teen Tinder” • Used by sexual predators to identify, recruit & exploit minors

Omega Chat Live

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Why it is used: • Make new friends online • App randomly connects people Dangers: • Used by sexual predators & traffickers to share explicit content • Targets vulnerable populations & minors

Calculator% Why it is used: • Operates like a calculator • Looks like a calculator app Dangers: • Hidden vault stores pictures, videos, browser history, etc. • Traffickers use for exploitation

Askfm

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Why it is used: • Anonymous Q&A site Dangers: • Unmonitored content • Linked to bullying & suicide • Uploaded videos/photos shares identity & syncs with Facebook & Twitter to make Q&As visible

Snapchat Why it is used: • Silly photo filters • Share instant photos • Content doesn’t save Dangers: • Screen-shots can be used • “Map” feature can share location • Used for sexting/sexploitation

Instagram Why it is used: • Share photos & follow friends • Send/receive messages • Content doesn’t save Dangers: • Potential exposure to inappropriate content • Focus on perfection & judgment

TikTok Why it is used: • Watch, create & share videos • Mash-up & lip-sync features Dangers: • Profile defaults to public view • Traffickers can target users • Some lyrics & videos could be considered inappropriate

Whisper

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Why it is used: • Worldwide online community • Sharing thoughts & advice Dangers: • Promotes sharing secrets with strangers which can be dangerous • “Nearby” feature shares location • Used for exploitation & trafficking

Holla

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Why it is used: • Live video chat with strangers Dangers: • Location Sharing • Links to user camera/microphone • No limitations on content heard/seen • Exposure to predators, sex traffickers, sexual content & other dangers

Fortnite Why it is used: • Popular survival action game • No chat options on mobile app Dangers: • Exposure to violence • Option for in-app purchases • Non-mobile versions of game allow voice chat & messaging

Yolo Why it is used: • Used with Snapchat to send anonymous questions/messages Dangers: • Potential for bullying, suggestive or other inappropriate content • Privacy concerns about app collecting/storing personal info

Roblox

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Why it is used: • Coding & game development • Play games created by others • Parent control options Dangers: • Option for in-app purchases • Without parent control, user could be exposed to predators/bullying

YouTube

Why it is used: • Video library (entertainment/info) Dangers: • Exposure to inappropriate content • Violent & emotionally distressing pranks linked to suicide • Live Video & messaging options can lead to bullying/predators

Live.me

Why it is used: • Showcase your talents with live video & broadcast for popularity Dangers: • Option for in-app purchases • Exposure to predators/bullying • Self-esteem concerns • Sexual content & profanity