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IMVU is an avatar-based social media platform that encourages users to design a unique graphic representation of themselves and chat with anonymous strangers while easily exposing users to explicit and inappropriate content. IMVU states that students under the age of 18 must get parental permission to use the app. Learn more about this SmartSocial Red Zone app in our full app guide.
Gas app allows users to send “positive” polls to their contacts and friends at their school. Parents can talk with their teens about self-confidence and set screen time expectations as a family.
The Kia Boys challenge involves stealing cars, reckless driving, and major consequences. Learn more about this challenge and tips to talk to your students.
Discord and other chat apps make it possible for students to connect with others who have similar interests, but also create the opportunity for students to see unwanted content or have contact with strangers. Learn how to keep your family safe on Discord and other chat apps.
Sendit is an anonymous Q&A companion app for Instagram and Snapchat. Anonymous apps expose students to cyberbullying, predators, and inappropriate content.
Omegle’s tagline is “Talk to strangers!” and its homepage shows tens of thousands of strangers logged on at any given moment. SmartSocial.com explains what Omegle is and why it’s not safe for students.
Twitch is a leading live streaming service and is most popular among video gamers. Although the site is very popular with students there are many potential dangers that parents need to be aware of.
The NyQuil Chicken Challenge challenges people to cook chicken in the popular cold medicine, Nyquil.
MomTalk is a video podcast with moms from the SmartSocial.com research team sharing their latest research on how to keep students safe on social media, so they can Shine Online.
The Saturn app is a calendar-based social networking app and website designed to help high school students manage their busy schedules.
When kids understand the negatives and positives of social media – and regularly talk to their parents about them – they will be better equipped to use social media wisely.