This might be a source of conflict in many households and considered breach of trust to teenagers who view their cellphones as their lifeline. As a parent, you should be aware of certain things when it comes to the safety of your child.
Do not look through their text messages between friends. You are showing that they can’t be trusted. They are humans who have a right to privacy. Communicate with them certain apps (applications) that you might consider unsatisfactory and ask that you look at them in their presence.
Some of the apps include KIK and iFunny. Although iFunny's purpose is to have users post pictures that they consider funny and the creators of the app award 40 users a day “featured” pieces of the funniest work. The exclusivity of it engages a large number of teenagers. The downside of iFunny is they cannot restrict certain photos until it is too late, such as nudity and teenagers giving out their KIK names to strangers for a private chat to possibly send nudes. There are a lot of teenagers on this app who disapprove of their classmate’s agenda but it is practically unavoidable especially during the late night hours.
KIK is another app to keep your eye on with your teenager. It was designed to talk to friends like the BBM chats for a Blackberry. Now teenagers are giving out their KIK’s to strangers in order to exchange nudity pictures and other such questionable behavior.
According to McAfee which found that “61 percent of teens feel confident that they know how to hide what they do online from parents, and 71 percent have actually done something to hide their online behavior, while only 56 percent of parents are aware of this” Teenagers are well aware of how to clear their browsers history on their laptop and their cellphones.
Talk to your teenagers, if they have these apps, don’t force them to delete them. Make sure they are using these apps for the purpose of their creation and not for any less than appropriate behavior. They will know you are looking out for their well being and showing them you trust them by allowing them to continue.