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10 apps for kids school will never approve

Nov 7, 2017 by

The school will never approve apps that undermine the primary purpose of the human being’s education – to teach to think intensively and to think critically. «But intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education,» said Martin Luther King Jr. at Morehouse College.

Most opinion leaders in the American education share the idea of education which fosters both intelligence and morals and, thus, makes children ready to live in a democratic society.

Nowadays, lots of apps claim to be educational. But behind the scenes, they distract kids from school, fuel rumors spreading and participation in dubious activities. Let’s overview 10 apps that school will not approve and find out how parents can prevent using them.

  1. Sarahah

The app works the same way as the Whisper  anonymous messaging app or Ask.fm. After the registration, a kid gets the link that can be sent to anybody or just be posted on their social media account. Classmates, friends, or strangers can follow it and say whatever they want to say. The user cannot know whose message it was and cannot respond.

Released in June this year, it quickly made it to the top 3 most downloaded apps on iOS and Android. Why? Because of being integrated into Snapchat. From now on, snapchatters leave a link for other people to comment right after being redirected to Sarahah. Originally created for unsatisfied employees who wanted to speak out about bosses, now it’s used for bullying, spreading rumors, jokes among the youth. The app makes cyberbullying more accessible and the bullies unnoticed.

Therefore, parents should use a parental control app like Kidgy software to make sure their kid is not cyberbullied.  It monitors the child’s online activity. If they think that Sarahah is inappropriate, they can block it as well.

  1. After school

The education cultivates that respect and loyalty are not the matter of choice. However, After School app developers would disagree by literally pushing kids to write any opinion anonymously on boards for schools. Although they claim to have “a zero-tolerance policy against cyberbullying” and encourage to confess, share fun and feelings, it works the other way around. Despite new safety features and the option to post under a real name (Facebook account verification), there is still a chance of being mocked and cyberbullied on a school board.

  1. Instagram

Let’s name 4 main reasons why kids shouldn’t use it:

–    The app contributes to the complexes and inner troubles. There is a certain rival race among teens for being the most popular, the most advanced, the richest, the skinniest, etc. Teen girls contemplate their classmates to eat out in luxurious restaurants, wearing small size expensive clothes, hanging out with muscled guys, etc. Some want the same and get depressed because not everybody can afford it.

–    “Like-addiction’ makes teens obsessed about other people’s opinions, which are not always nice.

–    The app is used for microblogging and creating fake accounts linked to porn sites and porn stars.

–    Obsessively following celebs’ lifestyle and looks (e.g. the Kardashians’ curves and the way of hanging out).

  1. Snapchat

Got into 2016’s Dirty Dozen list, Snapchat was called a top contributor to sexual exploitation. The user takes a picture and sends it to another person on their list deciding how much time it’s going to be viewable for a recipient. Then it disappears.

The app is widely used for sexting because people think it’s much safer this way. But it’s easy to recover pics, make a screenshot, and share it with others. Also, the app is used for selling porn pictures via Snapcash.

  1. Omegle

Free of charge, the app allows users to communicate without registration. It pairs two people and give them names “You” and “Stranger” via webcam. Their slogan is Talk to strangers”. No parent would debate that nothing good can come of it. Lots of perverts use it standing naked and doing inappropriate things wishing a stranger to see them.  It’s a great platform for online predators as well.

  1. Foursquare

It is a social media app allowing users to share their current location and post it on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Anybody can see this, including strangers. Some information and tips are typically adult (like giving the address to strip clubs, bars, bachelor parties).

The app disclosing the current GPS location to strangers must be under the watchful eye of parents. Thus, Kidgy parental control app tracks the child’s present location, allows to put geo fences around allowable zones and provides a Panic Button if a kid wants to inform about their whereabouts.

  1. Yellow

This is the app for making friends and not only. A child can add people in live chats and participate in group ones, create live video rooms with an unlimited number of watchers. Being integrated into Snapchat, it has much more access to personal information like addresses and phone numbers. Kids can hook up via Instagram and Snapchat. It’s a sort of Tinder for kids promoting on the q.t. no strings attached relationships and random hook-ups.

With no chance for being ever approved by school administrations, the app can be easily identified on a child’s device and blocked with Kidgy.

  1. GroupMe

Anybody can send your kid direct messages because this is an app without restrictions or fees and with the unfiltered Internet. It contains emojis and GIFs. Some of them are particularly for adults (sexy characters, alcohol bottles). The app is tricky: when a message is received, no content shows up. It draws kids. They may face adult content. Kids can create sort of bullying groups where they share opinions about a concrete classmate. For example: a chat group dubbed “… is retarded”. The app is always tuned so kids are online 24/7.

Kidgy parental control can block the most popular Internet browsers as well as Internet-based apps like GroupMe one.

  1. Musicl.ly

It’s a social network where users can share their own videos and search for the video content of famous artists. Some parents after testing an app encountered sexual material and swearing despite the controls in the app. The teens can choose whether to show their videos only to friends or to all the users. To get famous, kids are likely to share their content with the general public.

No parent would want their child to hit the video “You wanna Ferrari? You’d better work, b**ch”.

  1. Pokemon Go

The app looks like the one to encourage kids to be more active. But, this is a huge distraction machine. Kids are obsessed with chasing after Pokemons at school, after it and heading back home. There were reports of intentional lures to certain places.

Thus, kids to catch a funny character can end up in a dangerous place.

Schools are concerned about kids being unfocused and going online more often than to a library.  This affects school performance and an overall development. Unlike school administration which cannot control the kid’s screen time, parents can manage it effectively with the parental control software like Kidgy app. Thus, parents are able to prevent kids from using apps the school will never approve.

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1 Comment

  1. Ava Sage

    Yep, unfortunately kids love this awful stuff. But still an interesting perspective on how to deal with these dangers. this app makes sense, esp. when teens are really troubled.

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