Category Archives: Dangerous Apps

Apps that are potentially dangerous for younger users.

Kids And Video Recording Apps

Kids And Video Recording Apps

Video Chat Apps


Who Are Your Children REALLY Talking To?

Picture this…..It’s 4.30pm the kids are home from school, and you can hear your son or daughter singing up a storm or dancing in their room. How wonderful, they are so creative! Later on they are talking to a friend via their iPod sitting on the couch, technology is wonderful, if only we had this growing up, no cueing up for the phone and being told to get off after 5 mins.

How would you feel if I told you that your child was actually talking to a complete stranger or to 20 strangers or live streaming themselves out to the world, and were having middle aged men watching them and commenting on them…all live. Your child may also talking back to the middle aged men… live. The middle aged men are asking your child to perform in different ways, handstands, particular moves and they are complimenting your child on their sexiness. Some of the viewers are bullying and telling your child they are ugly. I’ve seen all of this on YouNow, where anyone can view live streaming video from anyone who is broadcasting, go take a look and come back you don’t even need to download the app.

Every afternoon in Australia and around the world many thousands of children some as young as 5 years old are broadcasting themselves out to the web, and their parents probably don’t know or may think they are only playing a game, practicing a routine or talking to a school friend.

Every Computer and Mobile Device has a camera.

Video streaming and video uploading is the latest thing. Yes it’s fun but your child’s iPod/iPad or smart phone now has the ability to be broadcasting your child out to the world. Right now your child may be the “Star” in their own daily live video show. Not only could their audience be both adults and children watching them every time they broadcast, but they could be downloading and saving those broadcasts or sharing them on to other strangers. The comments on their video might be encouraging but they also maybe very creepy or even cruel.

Who are your children performing for, and who are they really talking to? Many apps now have video uploading and some apps now have live video streaming. These apps may also have video sharing so that your child’s video could wind up on other social media apps like Facebook, Vine, Instagram or Twitter or downloaded privately to be shared in closed online groups.

If your child has use of any internet connect device with a camera, be sure of who they are talking to, and where the video of themselves is being broadcast. Who is watching your child?

What Parents Need To Know

  1. Does your child’s mobile device have a video camera?
  2. What apps have access to that camera? Check Settings-Privacy-Camera
  3. Does your child have any Lip Sync Karaoke style Apps like or Smule, and are they broadcasting publicly?
  4. Do they have their own YouTube Channel, and is it public?
  5. Make sure your children know to come to you if they ever get a message from a stranger.
  6. Set rules for taking video/photos and sharing these.
  7. Are the privacy settings enabled on messaging apps (see my manual for instructions)
  8. Have you approved all your child’s friends on message apps like FaceTime, Messenger and Skype?
  9. You can disable the camera or other apps on Apple mobile devices via Settings-General-Restrictions (use an unguessable password and don’t lose it!)
  10. Make sure younger children only use internet connected devices with you nearby.

Apps to watch out for.

My Manual “Keeping Kids Safe Online” has settings for all the most popular messaging apps which need to be enabled for safe use.

Are Your Instagram Photos Giving Away Your Home Location?

Are Your Instagram Photos Giving Away Your Home Location?

Many Instagram users are inadvertently giving away private locations through their Instagram photos to followers. How? You may have never noticed that there is a photo map in Instagram that shows where all, or some of your photos were taken. If you have always had location services disabled for your Instagram account you may not see any photos… Continue Reading

Ashely Madison Hack, Schadenfreude or Sympathy?

Ashely Madison Hack, Schadenfreude or Sympathy?

There are more qualified security experts than I who can tell you the “How, Why and the What To Do” in regards to the Ashley Madison website hack. But, as I’m constantly banging on about privacy and online safety I can’t ignore this train wreck of an online crime, which is what it is. It is… Continue Reading

Are YouNow, Periscope And Meerkat Safe For Kids?

Are YouNow, Periscope And Meerkat Safe For Kids?

YouNow is a public live video streaming app that has been around a few years. I’ve written about it before, but due to some increased publicity around this app, will mention it again. If you visit you can view YouNow users streaming live video’s of themselves online. You can also see how many people… Continue Reading

Tumblr Privacy And Safe Search Settings

Tumblr Privacy And Safe Search Settings

Tumblr is what is known as a micro blogging social media platform, it is available through a browser or via an app downloaded to any mobile device. From Wikipedia  “Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website founded by David Karp and owned by Yahoo! Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and… Continue Reading

Dangers With Kids Playing Games Online

Minecraft Online Multiplayer Dangers For Kids This week I was interviewed in regard to an incident where an Avalon boy 13years of age, had made friends on the very popular Lego like 3D video game Minecraft, with a New Zealand Minecraft gamer, where the online friendship turned into every parents nightmare. Apparently, after playing online together… Continue Reading

“Dating” App Tinder Changes Age Restriction To 17+ On iTunes

“Dating” app “Tinder” has had their age restriction increased on the iTunes app store. It was previously 12+ it has now been increased to 17+ as have many other “Dating” apps on the iTunes store recently. There has been quite a bit of negative publicity around Tinder lately in regards to teenagers using it to meet… Continue Reading