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Beware of Your Children’s Apps

Nowadays, kids own their phones earlier than ever, with some children getting their own iPhones at the age of twelve and younger. For some purposes such as staying in touch with their kids, this is a good thing, however, there are a great deal of issues that need to be seriously considered for parents.

Beware of Your Children's Apps

The largest issue with these applications is the fact that they have FULL access to your children’s information. Many applications will request permission to use their information from either the phone, Facebook, or just ask the user to enter the information and many of these applications sell this information to earn profit.

Parents need to be greatly aware of this because if children give away their phone number to any of these applications, and these applications sell this information, your children’s phone number is then available to those buyers. These buyers could be anyone and usually the parent has no idea this is occurring.

There are also applications which allow children to take pictures of themselves, and alter those pictures by adjusting the image, adding art, etc. What people don’t realize is that when people use the application to take these pictures, sometimes the application actually has it in their privacy policy that they then own those pictures and can use them. This is very dangerous for an innocent child having fun with the application.

How Can You Protect Yourself?

Don’t allow your child to put a pass-code or lock on their phone. As the parent, you should be allowed to go into their phone at any time to check out what applications they are using. Some parents consider this a huge privacy breech on their children, but it’s necessary for their children’s sake.

If you see an application that you’re not familiar of, do a little search on it to ensure it’s safe and check out their privacy settings.

This is not rocket science; you should have full control over your child’s phone until they turn 18. If more parents did this, there would be less instances of children having pictures leaked out onto the internet.

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