It’s starting to become a regular occurrence. Every month or so, a news organization reaches out to us about social networks and mobile apps that kids use in unintended ways.
Tons of credit for getting this story in front of so many people goes to our team responsible for creating, and updating, the popular “Top Social Networks & Apps Your Kids Use” web page, which continues to get shared by thousands of educators and parents.
This week, the Tucson, AZ, CBS affiliate, KOLD-TV, covered anonymous messaging apps, such as Kik, Ask.fm, Yik Yak and Whisper, with help from the super-smart Alex Beck, Gaggle Safety Management Supervisor. The segment appears on Tucson News Now.
I give the folks at Whisper tons of credit for going on record regarding how serious they take illegal activity, trolling or bullying that takes place using its app. Unfortunately, there still are too many other apps that disguise themselves as something entirely different than what they are, or market themselves to an adult audience with no safeguards against use by minors. Many of them also have no plans to keep student data, and the content children post, private.