Netsanity blocks over 70 apps & games to keep your children focused, safe, and responsible.
To Be Honest (TBH) has received a lot of hype and can be used by kids and teens for cyberbullying. Please be aware that posts are anonymous so parents should be aware of its installation and child's use.
The Monkey app allows kids to have fun chats with new people from all over the world! Users are randomly matched with other users for a brief, introductory video call. When matched with a new person, you can add more time or add the person on Snapchat to continue the connection. Having random conversations with random people is a recipe for disaster and creates temptations and dangers for teens.
As described by the Lipsi Software company, “Lipsi is more than just an anonymous app. It’s a platform that attracts the boldest who want to step out of their comfort zone. Meet new people in class, on campus, in a cafe…Honest thoughts. Real feedback." Netsanity's take - anytime you have a way for anonymous feedback, it is an opportunity to bully - parents be aware.
Reddit: Trending News
Reddit is a social app that has many great categories to explore. Unfortunately, some categories may not be appropriate for younger children and teens. Reddit has an unfiltered news server and contains inappropriate material.
Yubo - Make new friends
Yubo, formerly Yellw - is another swipe left and right messaging app that allows people, mostly teens, to post anything. There are little controls so nude photos and inappropriate content are prevalent. Parents should exercise caution in allowing this app or block it via Appblocker.
FriendO - The Best Friend Game
FriendO Polling App: A "quiz app" that is similar to TBH but, unlike these apps, it's not anonymous. It lets users discover who their "true friends" really are.
Wishbone - Compare Anything
Parents need to know that Wishbone is a survey app asking teens to choose between two various things. Though it's rated 17+, the terms of service specify it's for ages 13 and older and forbid sexually explicit and illegal content. Teens can connect via Facebook or Twitter or skip logging in. Survey questions range from "who wore it better," with some images featuring scantily clad women or topless men. That chat rooms are also a danger.
LiveMe – Live Video Chat
Live.me is a live streaming video app that allows users to show the world what they are up to at any given moment. It can be accessed from a phone, tablet or computer and lets users beam their antics live into cyberspace. On top of allowing you to share what you are doing, it also shares your location and allows others nearby to search for people streaming. The site describes itself as "the best social platform for creating and viewing live videos". Parents should be aware of the uncensored nature of this app.
Amino: Communities and Groups
The Amino app allows children to pretend to be anything and identify as anything using anime and avatars. So they can be a boy one day, and a girl the next, etc. This allows you to visit different communities and explore. There is already signs of porn as well as inappropriate comments and artwork pictures - this will get worse as the app's adoption rate increases. The minimum age of use is 13, however, we feel that many parents will feel that 13 is too young for most content.
Discord is another chat app that allows users to chat with strangers. Originally meant for gamers, Discord is an app designed for users talk to each other in real time. While playing a game on their device, users can log into Discord and enter a group chat with one or more other gamers so they can talk while they play. Group chats can be created by any user and parents should be aware these group chats can cover some very objectionable topics.
Mojiit: Custom Animated Emojis
The Mojiit app is a social network where users create and share animated avatars using augmented reality. Using their phone’s camera, users take videos of themselves which turn into an avatar. Users create, dress, and style their avatars. Using their avatar, users communicate with their friends on the app. Users record messages that track their voice and facial movements and send those messages to friends. The 3D avatar mimics the user’s voice and movements. Augmented reality is used to place the avatar in real places around the world. Why should parents care? The Mojiit app is in the top 50 most popular social media apps list in the App Store. Since the app is new, most parents might not have heard about it yet. Mojiit uses geolocation and encourages users to go to certain locations nearby. Geolocation features can be very dangerous for teens and tweens because strangers nearby can find the child's exact location. Vendors use emojis on the app to sell physical products, some students may not be aware that some emojis are advertisements.
Hype - Interactive Live Video
Hype – Teens love this unique app for its fancy elements and the ability to add pictures, videos, and music to their broadcasts. With this app, your teen can also view a recorded broadcast, subscribe to feeds, leave stars and comments and check out when a streamer is live. They can even interact live with other viewers and delete saved streams. There are other possible dangers you need to be aware of. Besides the usual hazards discussed in our blog, when the child signs up for Hype, they have the option of creating an account or using their existing Facebook account; if they choose their Facebook account, their full name will be shown to all Hype users. It's best you recommend they create a special sign-in name. The good news is if the child is 13-18 years old, they'll need your permission to use the app.
Twitter is a very popular social media platform used by teenagers. Parents are increasingly concerned about the dangers of their children's tweets being viewed by everyone. Public tweets can be seen by anybody, even those without a Twitter account.
Facebook is the most highly used social media platform used today. Parents are now blocking Facebook to help protect their children's Identify, safety, and reputation which will affect them later in life.
Tumblr is a huge micro blogging social media platform. Contains pornographic and sub-culture content, which remains entirely unrestricted to young children.
Instagram is a very popular online mobile photo and video sharing service. Parents are concerned about what content their children may be sharing or viewing at any given time. Language and content of discussions is a concern.
Pinterest is a photo-sharing social network. The dangers of inappropriate pictures and videos made readily available by a simple search, has raised red flags by parents for its content.
Kik is a popular instant messenger app used to connect with friends by chat, send photos and greeting cards. The main dangers of this communication app with our children is sexual predators. Kik does not have any parental control, and chats can be easily deleted to hide users actions. Allows for random incoming messages.
A highly used social messaging app by teenagers, that allow texts and voice messages, and make unlimited free online calls via the app. Parental concerns regarding sexting, messages disappearing after being read, lack of filtering of adult content. Used to bypass cellular calling and texting restrictions put in place by parents. Used to make calls and texts that cannot be tracked by parents.
Shots App - The Comedy App
A social network allows users to share funny links with each other. The main concern for parents is the viewing of explicit content and a "radar" feature that shows nearby users. The network now blocks users and blocks their ID to prevent the download of the app on their device for those who violate their policies.
Yik Yak - Your Local Feed
Yik Yak allows users to communicate anonymously within a 10 mile radius. Content is usually vulgar, explicit, and gossip filled presenting a concern for sexual predators and bullying. Intended for 17+ - the app was originally created for college-age adults to find local parties, alcohol deals, and discuss professors. Although shared photos are not allowed to contain faces, explicit content of a sexual, drug and alcohol nature are prevalent.
Foursquare City Guide
Foursquare is a location sharing platform for users. The risk that it brings to our children is other users "tracking" your child's normal routines and exact location, impostors using their "friends name" to gain access to their information, and the broadcasting of personal information to other networks.
Whisper - Share, Express, Meet
Whisper is a highly used app by teenagers that allows users to send messages anonymously, and to receive replies. Parental concerns are posts are shared according to geographical region, can put child safety at risk. Used to bypass cellular calling and texting restrictions put in place by parents. Used to make calls and texts that cannot be tracked by parents. Used to bypass cellular calling and texting restrictions put in place by parents. Used to make calls and texts that cannot be tracked by parents.
Skout - Meet, Chat, Go Live
Skout is a popular photo and video sharing app among teens. Parents should be aware the snapshots sent by their teenager can be saved as screen shots, and deleted photos can be retrieved. This could lead to cyberbullying, sexual predators, and exploitation of children's photos.
A very popular app with teens for live group videos. Highly requested by parents as the app has the potential for inappropriate live video.
A six-second video sharing service. Big concern among parents with this app, is the availability of explicit content to children
Fling - See the World: Make friends, meet people & chat with strangers
Fling is a social media app that allows teens and adults to share photos, videos and text messages with up to 50 people around the globe. Parental concerns including inappropriate images and requests for inappropriate images, harassment, and bullying associated with app.
BeeTalk - Video the Moments
Beetalk is a highly used social messaging app by teenagers, that allow texts and voice messages, and make unlimited free online calls via the app. Parental concerns regarding sexting, messages disappearing after being read, lack of filtering of adult content. Used to bypass cellular calling and texting restrictions put in place by parents. Used to make calls and texts that cannot be tracked by parents.
Vent - Express your feelings and connect with people who care
An anonymous posting service that requires only an email address to register. The platform was created specifically for complaints and to vent frustration. This promotes a breeding ground of negativity, gossip, and anonymous bullying.
Badoo - Meet New People, Chat, Socialize
Badoo is an adults-only dating app that uses GPS / location sharing to encourage random encounters and meeting strangers in the area. Content is unchecked and not moderated, allowing for anything to be posted.
Bumble - Meet New People
A 17+ age dating app that pulls profile information from Facebook and uses location awareness. Women must initiate conversation first with 'matches'. Allows for chat, photo and location sharing.
SCRUFF: Gay app for chat, dating, and social networking with guys worldwide
Scruff is a popular app for gay men for chatting, dating, and social networking with other gay males worldwide. Parental concerns regarding privacy and safety if their child uses app due to monetary propositions for sexual acts and lewd photos and conversation. Similar to Grindr, Hornet, VGL, and Jack'd.
Askfm is a social sharing app that allows anonymous posts and conversation. It has come under scrutiny for being linked to teen suicides because of bullying. Allows for sharing of video, and pictures.
The Game by Hot or Not
The Game by Hot or Not is rating site that allows users to rate the attractiveness of photos submitted voluntarily by others. But, now has added a feature that allows users to find other users in the area to chat and meet with. Teenagers using this app opens them up to predators, and other dangers involving meeting strangers online.
A real-time video streaming app allowing the user to broadcast at any time. Content consistently includes violence, drinking / drug use, language and sexual content. There is no way to report inappropriate content.
YouNow: Live Stream Video Chat
Users can broadcast a live video or watch channels produced by other users. Relies on the community to moderate and flag inappropriate sexual, language, and hate speech related content. Unlike YouTube which has a safety mode, but it is still dependent on community feedback and content is not moderated and is easy to disable.
After School was originally shut down in 2014 because it was swarmed by teens who used the platform to anonymously post degrading, humiliating and hateful content. The app allows for anonymous posts based off location awareness. After it's re-release posts are reviewed by a member of the app's staff and other safety features hoping to keep younger eyes from adult content.
Spotafriend - Meet Teens App
Although Spotafriend claims to be more teen-friendly than other apps like Tinder, the only way you can really keep your children safe is by asking to access their account and monitoring on a regular basis. Like Tinder, the app is location-based – and works on a swiping basis to form matches. Parents should be aware if their kids or teens are using it.
Pure Anonymous Online Dating App - chat, flirt & hookup for local adult singles
Allows for random encounters, flirting & hookup for local adult singles based off a single selfie. If you submit a meeting request and the other random person does the same, the app will allow you to "chat" for one hour to see if you would like to meet and discuss location. Parental concerns for their child using this app is safety of their child from predators, sexual predators, and random encounters.
Grindr - Gay, same sex, bi, social network to chat and meet guys
The most popular mobile social network app exclusively for gay, bi and curious men. Parents must be aware that it shares every user’s exact location. This network is sexually focused in every way.
Tinder is a dating app, designed for adults. Tinder users anonymously swipe right if they’re interested in seeing a user’s profile or they swipe left to pass. If both users express interest or “swipe right” on each other then those users become a match. Once a user has been matched with another Tinder user they can start chatting with each other in the app. Users can post images and messages that are called, "moments" that can be viewed for up to 24 hours before disappearing. When signing up, users must use a Facebook profile to get verified before using Tinder.
DOWN Dating: Meet, Chat, Date with Hot Singles
Allows users locate which of their facebook friends is "down" or agreeable to a casual sexual encounter. This is done through encrypted swipe messages that are hidden and easily hidden/deleted.
MeetMe - Go Live, Chat & Meet
MeetMe, who has over one million active users, is not promoted as a dating app per say, but it does have a feature where users can “secretly admire” others. Its large user base means almost immediate communication and guaranteed attention. Users can chat with whomever’s online, as well as search locally, which in our opinion opens the door for potential danger.
Pandora - Free Music & Radio
Pandora is a popular free personalized internet radio for users.There are parental concerns of what their children are listening to.
Hulu – TV & Movies
Hulu is a streaming service offering a selection of TV shows, clips, movies, and other streaming media on Hulu.com
live.ly - live video streaming
A sister to Music.Ly, Live.ly allows kids to live stream videos. Some can be inappropriate. Parents need to block both Music.ly and Live.ly together in appblocker to be most effective.
From and online review by Webwise: SimSimi is an artificial intelligence chatting robot also known as a chatbot. Chatbots are computer programs that simulate human conversations on the internet. SimSimi is free to download to smartphone and can be accessed via desktop computer. The app mascot is a colorful, anime-style character which is appealing to young people. The popular app encourages users to continue conversations by using playful language, however much of the language on the app is offensive or contains sexual content. SimSimi is also anonymous, making it easy for users to leave hurtful comments about others. How does it work? Using artificial intelligence, users can begin a conversation with the chatbot. Users can ask anything and the chatbot will respond. The responses can range from a helpful reply to offensive content.
Parents need to know that iFunny :) is an image-based joke app that's not for kids or teens. There's enough swearing, sexual banter, soft porn images, and rude and hateful comments to negate anything else in the mix that's remotely funny. Teens might see a friend's posts from iFunny :) on social media and think it's an OK source for jokes when it's actually a minefield of mature content. Since users who want to post jokes give the app permission to access their device's photo album, they can post photos of anyone they've taken a picture of on that device to the app.
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
Kim Kardashian Hollywood is a highly addictive app game that revolves around virtual money and success in a fantasy world. Parents should monitor their children's use for teaching questionable messages about how to make friends, work ethic, and shallowness. Real money may be used to purchase in-game items.
Netflix app allows the user to view movies & TV shows online or stream right to your smart TV, game console, PC, Mac, mobile, tablet. Users are able to spend real money for in-game items.
Hay Day app Is a popular farming game on mobiles and tablets, it is it suitable for all ages. Users are able to spend real money for in-game items.
Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans app is played by millions of users. The game is an addictive mixture of strategic planning and competitive fast-paced combats. Users are able to spend real money for in-game items.
Boom Beach is a strategical military based themed mobile app game. Proven suitable for all ages. Allows for in game purchases with real cash.
MADDEN NFL Mobile
Madden NFL mobile is a fast-paced, hard-hitting experience for all Madden NFL app users. Users are able to spend real money for in-game items.
Monster Strike has users battling waves of monsters to collect them, fuse them, and evolve them. Users can earn gold and other items through gameplay to get stronger monsters, and build a list of friends with monsters to use as well. Users are able to spend real money for in-game items.
Puzzle & Dragons (English)
Puzzle & Dragons consist of two types of gameplay: tile matching and a monster collecting RPG. Users begin by creating teams by picking from the over 2000 different monsters they can acquire within the game. Afterward, players can play dungeons where they solve a tile-matching puzzle that analyzes how powerful their monsters' attacks are on waves of enemy monsters. Users are able to spend real money for in-game items.
Designed to pair two random users by live video and use facial recognition software to see who breaks their "serious" face. This platform is rampant with underage users and predators. Screenshots are allowed during sessions, and allows for location awareness, and a live video link to wherever your child is at the time.
A very popular and addictive game! Many parents have requested that we add to appblocker in the hopes that household peace & order are restored!
A popular app that allows teens and older kids to order a car ride from their mobile device. While mostly a harmless app, many stories have appeared of unscrupulous Uber drivers taking advantage of kids and teens. Since Uber drivers are rarely regulated by local or state authorities, we provide this app to be blocked via appblocker for those parents who prefer that their kids not order an Uber ride from their phone.
TikTok - Real Short Videos
The TikTok app allows users to watch musical clips, lip-sync to songs, record short videos and edit them with built-in special effects, filters and stickers. TikTok was purchased by the creators of Musical.ly and Musical.ly discontinued their app and transferred all of the users to the TikTok app. The TikTok app can allow strangers to message your children directly if they do not have the correct privacy settings in place.
The game revolves around players moving around in the real world and watching their game characters move with them to look for Pokémon, Pokéstops, and Gyms on the virtual map of their location. While Pokémon GO is generally a good game, there could be some issues with younger kids using this type of app.
Played by 30 million people worldwide, Roblox, allows users to create virtual worlds and play with other people on a range of platforms, including mobile phones and gaming systems such as Xbox. Some parents are concerned that the chat feature could allow young players to be contacted by strangers.
GIPHY: The GIF Search Engine
GIPHY is a fun app that allows easy access to inappropriate content and crude humor by way of animated GIFs. GIFs are tagged and attached to inappropriate websites like Reddit, Imgur, and other mature sites w/out ever leaving the app. The app is rated 17+ because it has "unrestricted web access".
While Fortnite graphics are animated and there is no blood or exploding body parts when you shoot someone, it is violent. The ultimate aim is to kill other players with a wide variety of guns and other weaponry. Fortnite does encourage additional in-game purchases, though they're not required to play. While the game doesn't feature any profanity, an area of potential concern is the in-game audio chat which could expose younger players to offensive language from random strangers via voice or via on-screen text chat.
Animal Jam - Play Wild!
Parents need to know that Animal Jam is a virtual-world counterpart to National Geographic Kids magazine. Kids learn about plant and animal life while navigating through Jamaa - a land where the animals are disappearing and the environment needs help. It's fun, but while the site claims to have safe chat, privacy, and parental control features, they don't seem to be fulfilling this promise. Sexual content and bullying is common, filters don't seem to catch bad language, and customer support is difficult to contact. Some of the arcade games may seem too simplistic and a waste of time considering the National Geographic brand, but the features that include information on the natural world balance out the fluff. Paid memberships are promoted, but not overwhelmingly so.
YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
YouTube is a service that provides free streaming of videos to users. Parental concerns regarding access to explicit, pornographic content available to children
TextNow - Free Text + Calls
TextNow is a highly used app allows user free texting and calling on WiFi, parental concerns of texting and sharing with strangers. Used to make calls and texts that cannot be tracked by parents.
Text Free: Free Texting + Calling + MMS
Textfree app is a popular free texting and calling app used by many teenagers. Main parental concern is texting while driving, riding a bike and texting strangers. Used to bypass cellular calling and texting restrictions put in place by parents. Used to make calls and texts that cannot be tracked by parents.
TELLONYM lets you “answer anonymous questions and ask others the things you have never dared before.” People share their Tellonym link with others through social platforms like Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram, and wait for friends to reply to questions anonymously. Parents should be cautious of their children using this app.
Voxer Walkie Talkie Messenger
Voxer Walkie Talkie app combines the best of voice and text messages into a group message tool used by teenagers. Parental concerns regarding cyber bullying, no verification of users, copying of postings for all online to see, child predator access. Used to bypass cellular calling and texting restrictions put in place by parents. Used to make calls and texts that cannot be tracked by parents.
WhatsApp is a popular messaging app teenagers use to send messages, images, audio or video to each other. Parental concern is sexting, and child predator access. Used to bypass cellular calling and texting restrictions put in place by parents. Used to make calls and texts that cannot be tracked by parents.
Line is a very highly used messaging app by teenagers, which allows exchange texts, images, video and audio. The Line app allows for child to determine how long texts and messages are stored until deleted - to hide conversations and activity. Used to bypass cellular calling and texting restrictions put in place by parents. Used to make calls and texts that cannot be tracked by parents.
ooVoo – Free Video Call, Text and Voice
Video chat and messaging app for teenagers that allows for up to 12 participants. Parental concerns are app gives child predators quick access to chat with a child.
Jott Messenger - Group Texting and Offline Chat
Jott Messenger app has become very popular among teenagers. This messaging app works without a data plan or WiFi connection. Parental concerns messages self-destruct and photos sent can be saved.
Wickr Me - Private Messenger
Wickr users can send information and photos that will last for up to six days before disappearing. This app relies on a cryptographic system that doesn’t collect email addresses, data on users or other personal information. While this security is an added bonus for users, it can make it difficult for parents and children to document cases of cyberbullying or online harassment.