Watch out! 15 apps used by suspects to attack children

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The police are reminding parents about potentially dangerous apps that their children could access and be vulnerable to.

The police are reminding parents about potentially dangerous apps that their children could access and be vulnerable to.

According to WGRZ information, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said 25 people were arrested during an operation targeting online predators a couple of weeks ago.

During his news conference today, Sheriff Knight commented on the arrest of 25 men during #OperationInterceptVI. As a…

Posted by Sarasota County (FL) Sheriff's Office on Friday, July 26, 2019

Sheriff, Tom Knight, said all the men arrested used “internet and mobile applications to contact children for sex.”

The sheriff’s office shared graphics showing the applications parents should know.


15 potentially dangerous applications

MeetMe: a social networking dating application that connects people based on their location. Users are encouraged to meet in person.

WhatsApp: a messaging application that allows you to send text messages, video calls, share photos and voicemails with users around the world.

Bumble: similar to Tinder, but requires women to make the first contact. Police say children and teenagers can create fake accounts and fake their age.

Me: a live streaming application that uses geolocation to share videos. The sheriff’s office said users can earn “coins” to “pay” minors for photos.

FM: The sheriff’s office said this application allows users to ask anonymous questions and is known for cyberbullying.

Grindr: a dating application oriented to the LGBTQ community based on the user’s location.

TikTok: popular with children allows users to create and share short videos. Police said the application has “very limited privacy controls” and that users may be exposed to cyberbullying and explicit content.

Snapchat: one of the most popular in the world, allows users to take and share photos and videos. The application also allows people to see your location.

Holla: This self-proclaimed “addictive” video chat application allows users to meet people in seconds.

Calculator +: The police say that this is one of several applications that are used to hide photos, videos, files and browser history.

More dangerous applications

Skout: a location-based dating application that is supposed to prohibit people under 17 from sharing private photos. However, police say children can easily create an account with a different age.

Badoo: a dating and social media application where users can chat and share photos and videos based on location. Police say the app is supposed to be for adults only, but they’ve seen teenagers create accounts.

Kik: Kik “gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, at any time,” said the sheriff’s office.

Whisper: an anonymous social network that allows users to share secrets with strangers. Police say it also shows the location of users so people can meet.

Hot or Not: the application allows users to rate profiles, review people in their area and chat with strangers.

In May, Apple and Google removed three dating applications, after discovering that they allowed access to children up to 12 years.

In addition, the Federal Trade Commission said that the Meet24, FastMeet and Meet4U applications seemed to violate the Online Privacy Protection Act for Children and the FTC Act.

Source: Noticias Ya

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