– Makes it easier for your child to talk to strangers without your knowledge since it bypasses the wireless providers’ short message services (SMS).Children also think they can “sext” without parents finding out.In addition, strangers can send your child a “friend request.” Snapchat – Allows you to capture an image or video and make it available to a recipient for a specific time.After that time limit is up, the picture/video automatically disappears forever…or so Snapchat claims.The truth is that nothing sent over the internet disappears.There are always ways to retrieve and capture those images.Also, take the time to explain to them (at an age-appropriate level) why you are asking them questions and checking their phone and privacy settings.
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– Not only are users chatting with strangers, they could be chatting with a fake stranger.
“Chat sites like Chatroulette and Omegle have done their best to produce systems that warns users when the people they are chatting to are potentially using fake webcam software, however developers still manage to slip under their radars with frequent updates.” So a fifty-year-old man could set up a fake webcam and use images from a 15-year-old boy that looks like a teen celebrity to convince your child to send inappropriate pictures or get information about your child’s location.
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When they think someone is attractive they can “flag” the image.