In Pasco County, Florida, a 22-year-old man was
after allegedly enticing a 10-year-old girl on Snapchat. arrested this week
Austin Altman allegedly drove to the girl’s home, picked her up and then took her back to his residence, where he’s accused of raping her.
that parents should be aware of pertaining to child predators. Some are better-known, such as Whatsapp and Snapchat, but others may be unfamiliar, including ASKfm, Badoo, Calculator% and Holla. Descriptions below came from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Images are from Apple's iTunes store. The sheriff there released a list of 15 apps
Meet Me is a dating social media app that allows users to connect with people based on geographic proximity. As the app's name suggests, users are encouraged to meet each other in person.
Grindr is a dating app geared toward LGBTQ+ people. The app gives users the option to chat, share photos and meet up based on a smartphone's GPS location.
Skout is a location-based dating app and website. While users under 17 years old are unable to share private photos, kids can easily create an account using a different age.
WhatsApp is a popular messaging app that allows users to send texts, photos, voicemails, make calls and videochats worldwide.
TikTok is a newer app popular for creating and sharing short videos. With very limited privacy controls, users are vulnerable to cyber-bullying and exposure to explicit content.
Badoo is a dating and social networking app where users can chat, share photos and videos, and connect based on location. The app is intended for adults only, but teens are known to create profiles.
Bumble is similar to the popular dating app Tinder; however, it requires women to make the first contact. Kids have been known to use Bumble to create fake accounts and falsify their ages.
Snapchat is one of the most popular social apps in recent years. While the app promises users it can take a photo/video and it will disappear, new features including "stories" allow users to view content for up to 24 hours. Snapchat also may allow users to see your location.
Kik allows anyone to contact and direct message your child, including multimedia messages. Kids can bypass traditional text messaging features. Kik gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
LiveMe is a live-streaming video app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can find out a broadcaster's exact location. Users can earn coins as a way to pay minors for photos and videos.
Holla is a self-proclaimed "addicting" video chat app that allows users to meet people all over the world in seconds. Reviewers say they have been confronted with racial slurs, explicit content and more issues.
Whisper is an anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user's location so people can meet up.
ASK.fm is known for cyber-bullying. The app encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions.
Calculator% has been pulled from most app stores, but users can still download copycats, and some devices may still contain the outdated app. These secret apps allow users to hide photos, videos, files and browser history.
Hot or Not
The app encourages users to rate your profile, check out people in their area and chat with strangers. The goal of the app is hooking up.