Is the Voxer App Safe for Students?

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June 5, 2017

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What is Voxer?

  • Users can use Voxer to send individual or group chats
  • Voxer offers end-to-end encryption, so when users create a Private Chat, only the person who is receiving the message can listen, read, or see it

Why should parents care?

  • Students are using the Voxer Walkie Talkie Messenger app to cyberbully other students
  • Teens can partake in inappropriate behavior that doesn’t show up on their parents’ phone bill
  • Users can screenshot and share content from Voxer even if the other user thinks that information is private
  • When a user signs up, Voxer automatically shares their location
  • Strangers can contact your student on the app by using your student’s name or email address
  • By default, profiles are public and other users can access your personal information like name, location, and phone number

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This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Green Zone.
This app is not safe for students to use unsupervised, but a Green Zone app can serve a positive purpose to help a student to navigate social media and someday build an online brand. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Green Zone.

This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Gray Zone.
Gray Zone apps often contain lots of private & disappearing messages, and strangers can use this to chat with students. Parents should participate in these apps with students to keep them safe. This zone can be a great place for family time since many of these apps can be entertaining, and let your students express themselves. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Gray Zone.

This app is listed in the SmartSocial.com Red Zone.
Red Zone apps often have lots of anonymous features, adult content, and easy contact with strangers. Supervision is strongly suggested on each of these apps or move your kids to a safer zone. All apps require parental supervision, these apps more than others. Read more below to find out why this app is in the Red Zone or view our list of 100+ Apps to find a safer app with your student.
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This trend is categorized as a Dangerous Social Media Challenge.
Viral challenges encourage students to do dangerous things to garner likes, views, attention, and subscribers. These challenges can be found across several social networks and may encourage students to perform dangerous activities. SmartSocial.com keeps parents updated on these social media challenges before an incident may occur in your community.

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Voxer is a free messaging app for smartphones that allows users to send real-time voice messages (like a walkie-talkie) to other users. With the app, users can also send photos, gifs, or text messages using the app.

Parent & educator training video

What is Voxer?

  • Users can use Voxer to send individual or group chats
  • Voxer offers end-to-end encryption, so when users create a Private Chat, only the person who is receiving the message can listen, read, or see it

Teen messaging statistics

  • 91% of teens with cell phones actively text
  • 1 in 5 teens have engaged in sending, receiving, or forwarding sexually suggestive photos through text message or email – and over 33% know of a friend who has sent or received these kinds of messages

Sources: GuardChild & Text Request

Voxer in the news

Users don’t need to go through a mobile service provider but can use Voxer with other users. This means an unwise teen can use Voxer to send bullying group texts, chat with strangers, or send inappropriate photos user-to-user.

McAfee

You can even zoom in to find your [Voxer] friend's approximate location and the street he's currently on.

CNET

Why should parents care?

By default, profiles are public and other users can access your personal information like name, location, and phone number.
  • Students are using the Voxer Walkie Talkie Messenger app to cyberbully other students
  • Teens can partake in inappropriate behavior that doesn’t show up on their parents’ phone bill
  • Users can screenshot and share content from Voxer even if the other user thinks that information is private
  • When a user signs up, Voxer automatically shares their location
  • Strangers can contact your student on the app by using your student’s name or email address
  • By default, profiles are public and other users can access your personal information like name, location, and phone number

What can parents do?

Have a dialog with your teen to discuss the dangers of using anonymous apps and how they can hurt their online footprint.
  • If your student has the Voxer app, have them delete the app
  • When you’re ready for your student to be online, read our Popular App Guide for Parents and Educators, to learn which messaging apps are safe for teens
  • Have a dialog with your teen to discuss the dangers of using anonymous apps and how they can hurt their online footprint
  • Remind students that content they think is private can be made public online and on social media
  • Remind your teen that they can always come to you if they are being cyberbullied or contacted by strangers online
  • Challenge your student to connect with their friends offline, in healthy and productive ways

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