Why Chatting with Strangers on Apps is Risky: How to Protect Yourself and Loved Ones

March 17, 2017

There’s a growing use of smart phone applications that allow users to chat, find, and add new “friends” The idea of gaining more followers may be appealing, particularly among tweens and teens. But it also provides more opportunity to meet and interact with new people and increase the risk of becoming a target of online predators.

That’s why it’s always best to get to know and understand the terms of use of any application, and proceed with caution. Here are some useful tips on how to stay safe.

For Teens:

For Parents:

It’s important to remember that the apps themselves are not usually dangerous. It’s the misuse of apps that can cause serious harm and put you or your children at risk.

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