Their catch phrase – “Talk to Strangers” – is the biggest red flag.This is a talking point one can use when/if discussions of this app come up in your home.The app is rated in the Apple store for “Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content or Nudity; Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor; Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes.” Users are anonymous until a match is made.
As parents we want to pretend that our kids aren’t talking to strangers online. They don’t group their friends in these nice little groups like “my friends in real life” and “my online friends.” They are all just friends; and their devices allow them to connect in ways many of us weren’t able to when we were their age.
Surely they’ve listen to us as we’ve talked about the dangers of sharing personal information over the internet. This means that teens will use, or have friends who use, dating apps.
However, the app does have a reputation as a hookup site.
Tinder’s use of location, combined with the openness of privacy, makes this a very risky app for teens.
Omegle does make you check their terms of agreement and state that you are 18 years or older (ages 13 can use with parental permission).
There doesn’t seem to be any safeguards in place to prevent underage users from joining in sessions (a quick Google search brought up this sad story).
Another concern is that the app works to facilitate meeting by revealing the user’s location.
Skout gives users the ability to connect with people no matter where they are.
Chats start out with both parties being anonymous; however, users often share personal information.