Top Sexting Apps Teens Secretly Use
Teens are using phones and tablets for more than just making calls and doing homework. Teens use the devices to play games, update social media, take pictures and send texts. There are thousands of apps available designed with a specific focus in mind. Many of these apps are used for good reasons, but some of these apps are designed to cover up what is being sent and received. Parents should be aware of what the apps on their children’s phones are and how they are being used. Teens have used the following apps for sexting.
WhatsApp or Line
These are text messaging apps. The reason teens use apps for texting instead of regular texting is because the apps use an internet connection instead of a cellular network. These apps can be more user friendly and allow for more information to be conveyed through smiley faces or other multimedia. The private nature of these apps can lead to provocative discussions and allow for pictures to be sent and received as well.
Tinder or OKCupid
These are adult themed dating apps for smartphones and tablets. Users are able to post images of themselves and browse through the images of other users and rate them on appearance. These apps are for adults only, but teens will disguise themselves as adults to gain access to the app’s membership area. The apps present other users in a given location and pull locals for potential matches. These are not good apps for teens as they lead to posting distasteful images or meeting up with strangers in real life.
SnapChat is a popular messaging app which destroys a message after the recipient has opened it. The app is used regularly for sending quick photos of the sender’s environment or revealing information that doesn’t need to be seen again like a hiding place. SnapChat makes it easy for senders to get used to the idea that their messages won’t be seen again, and they send pictures or messages that they end up regretting later. SnapChat has been prone to security issues in the past, and pictures can often be captured using another device or from the phone’s screenshot feature.
Omegle is an app that encourages users to talk to strangers. Users enter topics of interest and are connected randomly to strangers with the same interests. This is a portal for all types of strange individuals to contact others. Many of the chats become adult themed and is not an appropriate app for teens to use. Omegle is mostly geared for the computer, which allows sharing of voice and video. At this time, Omegle for smartphones is text-based chat only, but there are plans for more features at a later date.
ZipIt is a good app that parents should encourage their teen to look at if they have ever been presented with pressure from someone who wants to sext. With ZipIt, users download comical pictures to change the tone of the conversation and let the other person know that they are not interested in sexting. ZipIt pictures might include a picture of a filthy toilet and the caption “THIS DIRTY ENOUGH FOR YOU?” or a picture of trash with “HERE’S A PICTURE OF MY JUNK” written on it. The ZipIt logo is also included with every image telling the person that they do not want to discuss sexting anymore.
Parents who use monitoring software with parental controls will be able to review and restrict the activities their teen does with their smartphone. Parents should be involved with their teen’s social lives both online and offline. Knowing who their children talk to and what their interests are will help parents encourage healthy behavior which they won’t regret later on. For apps which do not need to be used, parental control software can disable access to them until the parent sees fit. Kids who know that their parents are paying attention are less likely to go astray and more likely to know what is expected of them.