for K-12 educators and
administrators to help
create safe learning
Swarm is a very focused app that is only truly functional if the user is visiting physical locations and checking in. Because of the need to check in and the competitive aspect, students could leave themselves vulnerable to online predators and other dangers.
WhatsApp is a messaging service that aims to replace regular text messaging. Unlike most other messaging apps, WhatsApp accounts are created with a user’s phone number and offer regular messaging, group chats, voice messages and image sharing in one-on-one and group conversation settings.
An app known for something like child exploitation might seem like it should be avoided at all costs, but like numerous apps mentioned in our Social Network Spotlight, with proper monitoring by an informed educator or guardian, Kik is usable.
Appear.in is a video chat service that allows up to eight users, desktop or mobile, to connect without an account or login. Users create a video chat room and send a link to whomever they choose. Anyone with the link can participate in the video chat.
Snapchat is a unique photo sharing social network. Users are able to send photos and videos that “expire” in a chosen amount of time. The app is based around a friend list where users can send and receive photos and videos either publicly or privately.