Popular Apps Students Are Using

  • Because apps change often, this is only a partial list of popular apps among students. Not all of these apps are used in negative ways, but parents should be aware of apps their kids are using and how they are used.

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    After School

    An anonymous user app, usually with explicit content. Although pulled from the Apple App Store, After School already has students using it. This app has potential danger because it allows anyone to "be verified" as a student at a school.

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  • Ask.fm

    Ask.fm

    A social networking app that allows users to ask and answer questions anonymously. Answers can be in text or video format, and users can browse others' profiles with the option of submitting questions directly to them.

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  •  Badoo Logo

    Badoo

    Parents need to know that Badoo​ is an adults-only app for online dating-style social networking. With more than 200 million users worldwide, the app (and companion desktop version) identifies the location of a user by tracking his or her device's location and then matches pictures and profiles of potentially thousands of people the user could contact within the surrounding area.

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  •  Bigo Logo

    Bigo

    Bigo is a free app that lets users make video blogs or livestream their activities with the object of monetizing their videos. Livestreamers receive live commentary from other users, and the app lets you search for nearby users.

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  • Blendr

    Blendr

    A flirting app (with no authentication requirements) used to meet people through GPS location services. Users can send messages, photos and videos and rate other users.

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  • Bumble

    Bumble

    Bumble is similar to the poplar app, "Tinder" however, it requires women to make the first contact. Kids have been known to use Bumble to create fake accounts and falsify their age.

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  • Burn Book

    Burn Book

    Anonymous user app that allows students to post about various topics. The app can be localized yet allow you to see other area schools.

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  • Calculator%

    Calculator%

    This password-protected photo app allows students to hide photos and videos behind an innocent-looking calculator app.

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  •  Chatous Logo

    Chatous

    Chatous is a messaging app that allows users to chat with strangers, share images, and more. Not only does this app make it easy for children and teens to engage in age-inappropriate conversations, it makes it easy for predators to connect with potential victims. For these reasons, no child under 18 should use this app.

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  • GroupMe

    GroupMe

    GroupMe is a messaging app that lets users send direct messages and group messages from mobile devices without message limits or fees.

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  • Holla

    Holla

    HOLLA is a live random video chat social networking app that lets users conduct live video chat sessions with random strangers. Registration requires either your phone number or a connection to your Facebook account, and the app insists on accessing your phone's camera and microphone. Default settings upon starting the app connect you to live random chat with users who could be doing literally anything when you connect.

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  • House Party

    House Party

    House Party is a video-focused social media app. Friends can communicate with each other via live video and texts. Because there's no screening and the video is live, there's always the possibility of inappropriate content for children.

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  • Instagram

    Instagram

    An app that allows users to upload or take photos and edit them to be posted on other social networks and shared with the Instagram community. Users can knowingly -- and sometimes unknowingly -- tag the location where the photo was taken (geotagging).

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  • Kik Messenger

    Kik Messenger

    An instant messaging app that allows users to send video, images and texts quickly.

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  • Live.me

    Live.me

    Live.me is a live video streaming app. It allows kids to watch others and broadcast themselves live, earn currency from fans, and interact live with users without any control over who views their streams.

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  • Monkey

    Monkey

    Parents need to know that Monkey randomly connects teens with other Monkey users for a 10-second video chat.

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  • Omegle

    Omegle

    An app mainly used for video chatting. Chat participants are identified only as "you" and "stranger." Users may link to their Facebook account to find chat partners with similar interests.

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  • ooVoo

    ooVoo

    Text and Voice is a free app that teens can use to group video chat with up to 12 people. ooVoo users also can send texts and make regular phone calls, including to international numbers (in-app purchase is required).

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    Sarahah

    Parents need to know that Sarahah is a messaging website, where the messages sent between users are delivered anonymously.

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  • Snapchat

    Snapchat

    This app allows users to send images -- including explicit content -- to one another, with the images disappearing shortly afterward. Although users believe images are gone, Shapchat has been hacked, affecting millions of users.

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  • Streetchat

    Streetchat

    An unmoderated, anonymous image board that uses geo-location to connect users with others at the same school. Most pictures depict partying and sexual innuendo, and some are overtly racist and sexist. Bullying is always a concern with anonymous messaging and posting, and since Streetchat is local, the bullying can be targeted to the specific school audience.

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  • TikTok

    TikTok

    Real Short Videos is a social network for sharing user-generated music videos. Users can create and upload videos, remix others' work, or browse content created by other users and by famous recording artists.

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  • Tinder

    Tinder

    A dating app that pulls information from users' Facebook profiles. Users can rate profiles and find potential dates via GPS location tracking.

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  • Vero

    Vero

    Vero is a social media app that lets users post, share, and collect their favorite photos, links, videos, and music. Registration requires a working phone number, and the app asks for access to your contact lists and location.

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  • WhatsApp Messenger

    WhatsApp Messenger

    WhatsApp Messenger lets users start video calls and send encrypted text messages, videos, photos, and audio messages to people. Messages can only be sent to other smartphone users who also have WhatsApp.

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One anonymous teen's review of an app:

  • "Almost all of the 7th and 8th grade students [at my school] use this app. But because of people using their anonymousity [sic] for evil, rumors have been spread, secrets have been told, and lives have been ruined. I am begging you, please either take off the anonymous option or take down this app altogether. Please. All this has done is create drama, enemies, and rumors -- some even towards me. I am sick of being a target, I am sick of being humiliated, and most of all I am sick of anonymously being told terrible things about myself."