Network and App Resource

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With new apps and social networks popping up weekly, it can be difficult to stay on top of them all. That’s why we are here to help. Browse our comprehensive list below to get an idea of what the network is, the appeal to users, the risks, and additional resources to help you out. Each site is rated on how it affects your digital identity and safety.

Positive RatingPositive networks and apps, when used properly, are great ways to share with friends and develop an online identity that reflects who you are.

Risky ratingRisky networks and apps have elements that allow other people to access your data or to reach a user in an unsafe way. You need to be extra careful using these.

Negative RatingNegative networks and apps do not add to your digital identity in a good way and are likely to put you or your data at risk.


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After School logo

 

 

After School

… is like writing on a bathroom wall.

Using GPS and centred around school campuses, people create anonymous messages, confessionals or campus gossip backed by stock-image like pictures. The content here tends to be on the taboo or nasty side.

Minimum Age: 17
Public Profile Pic? No
Founded: 2014 

Negative Rating

Appeal:

  • Hidden behind an anonymous username, people feel free to post anything
  • Gossip site specific to a school
  • Confessionals allow people to get secrets off their chest

Risk:

  • Anonymity breeds bullying
  • False sense of security for users that they cannot be found out… but they can by legal agencies

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askfm logo  Ask.fm

… is like being in a dark interrogation room.

You put yourself out there and then anonymous and random people fire questions at you. Often the questions are very personal or inappropriate. This site has the highest known incidence of cyber bullying. They should rename it the Spanish Inquisition.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2010
Negative Rating

Appeal

  • It’s become a game to put yourself out there, especially for kids whose friends are on it
  • You get to be the centre of attention

Risk:

  • Due to the anonymity, questions tend to be negative and can quickly become inappropriate and overtly sexual
  • Users are easily bullied or harassed
  • Without privacy settings, users often reveal personal information

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Brighten

… is like a public yearbook where you can write messages to other people.

The app was designed as a forum to compliment people and brighten their day. You need to add ‘friends’ to your circle to comment on them.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2013

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Another place for people to connect and leave comments on each other in closed circles

Risk:

  • Despite the fact that users are identified and added to each other’s circles, people, especially kids, are still using this as a forum to bully each other

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chatroulette

Chatroulette

… is like a accidentally skyping the wrong person and chatting with them anyway.

Get connected via video chat to strangers where you can engage in 2 second or 2 hour conversations with them.

Minimum Age: 17
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2009

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • People love in engaging in chats with strangers
  • You can see the person you are talking to so they cannot fool you in to thinking they are someone of a vastly different age/gender

Risk:

  • They have increased moderators due to inappropriate content but it still sneaks through
  • It is a popular place for predators looking to connect with vulnerable users

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facebook logo Facebook

… is like a house party.

You open your house to everyone you are ‘friends’ with. You let them in to view all the pictures that you have on display, rifle through your DVD collection and sift through your library. Randomly, you make announcements that some people listen to and that may prompt discussion amongst your friends.

Occasionally a friend will come to you and ask if you like their shirt. You may say yes, and that is cool. Sometimes that person is carrying a recording device when they ask if you like the shirt [public item]. You say yes and then the company that makes the shirt hears the recording and notes that you are a fan. You can watch for people with recorders but sometimes you don’t notice.

You also need to make sure that no one else knows about your house party so be sure it is closed invitation only for friends.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2004

Positive Rating
Appeal:

  • Great way to connect with people near and far to share pictures and thoughts
  • Has its own news feed tailored to your interests
  • Integrated messaging system

Risk:

  • Over sharing danger, especially with privacy settings that can be confusing
  • Private message system is kept by Facebook
  • People, kids especially, are looking for validation through ‘Likes’

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foursquare logo Foursquare

… is like giving everyone you know a receiver for your GPS tracking device.

The site is designed to let your friends know which restaurants and places you frequent, but really it just turns you in to a human beacon so people know where you are at all times.

Minimum Age: None 
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2009

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Use your friends as guides for places to eat, visit and shop
  • Some venues and restaurants will give you coupons or extras for letting people know you ‘checked in’

Risk:

  • Over sharing danger, giving away too much information about your schedule and whereabouts
  • Places you visit also get access to your information

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googleplus logo Google+

… is like a house party with party games and your guests sectioned off in rooms.

A lot like the Facebook party only in a Google+ party your friends, family and acquaintances get moved to separate rooms depending on which circle they fall in to. You can also pull out the party game to play with friends at this party. If you want to chat with just a few friends then you can hangout.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2011
Positive Rating

Appeal:

  • Easily share pictures, articles, videos and statuses with people in your circles
  • Google Hangouts are free video conference calls that are easy to use

Risk:

  • Over sharing danger, especially with privacy settings that can be confusing
  • Combined with Gmail, Google search and YouTube to make a more detailed picture of your digital identity

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houseparty-logo Houseparty

… is like a house party by video, where anyone can invite their friends, even if the host doesn’t know them. So you could end up in a video conference with just about anyone.

Minimum Age: 4
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2016

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Easily connect for conference video for free
  • Add people instantly with a tap
  • Fun notifications when people want to add you to a call

Risk:

  • Like all live video, you never know what will be shown or said
  • Anyone can add a contact so you may be with strangers
  • Contacts are publicly searchable by name

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instagram logo Instagram

… is like renting out a  billboard and posting your photo.

Though your billboard may be in an unpopulated part of town, typically it is available for anyone to see. You can also tell people where your billboard is so you get more people coming to look at it. Your billboards are now owned by Facebook so you can chose to display it at your party.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2010
Positive Rating

Appeal:

  • A picture is worth a 1000 words
  • You can share with a closed group of people or the whole world
  • Follow celebrities or people you admire

Risk:

  • Often users have people they don’t know in their closed circles, so account may as well be public
  • Once the picture is posted it is permanent
  • People, kids especially, are looking for validation through ‘Likes’

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imgur logo Imgur

… is like an art gallery where you vote for the images in the front room.

Put up a picture, maybe a short description and leave it up for the world to see. If people like it then it gets moved to the front of the gallery where more people will see it. The more entertaining the better.

Originally designed to support images from Reddit but now acts as a stand alone app. Lots of memes and funny images waiting to go viral.

Minimum Age: None 
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2009 

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Entertaining to browse the images
  • Can be used to post an image used on other forums like Reddit

Risk:

  • Lots of adult content that may not be appropriate for young audience
  • Once an image has gone viral, it cannot be stopped

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kik logo Kik

… is like sharing walkie-talkies with friends that also transmit images.

You can hang out with one or many friends and share text or media. All you need is someone’s handle (Kik ID) to contact them. Kik is popular because it is an instant messenger that runs on all platforms (Apple, Android, Desktop etc).

Minimum Age: 18 or 13 with permission
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2010 

 

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Can access any other users regardless if they are using device or computer
  • Groups allow multiple users easily in the same chat

Risk:

  • Handles (user IDs) can be publicly accessed thus allowing strangers to contact you
  • Lots of ads including new bots that take you to other websites

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line logo Line

… is like a work video conferencing app for personal use.

Similar to Oovoo, you can connect for free via video, voice, or text. Chat is instant and includes fun stickers. There is also the ability to play games with your network. Fantastic for group work, not so much for the ability to connect with predators.

Minimum Age: 13
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2011

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Easily connect for conference video or chats for free
  • Works on most platforms (desktop and handheld devices)
  • Includes a number of games, including some targeted at young kids

Risk:

  • Default setting of your ID is public so could be contacted by strangers
  • Loads of in-app purchases available for games and stickers

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linkedin logo LinkedIn

… is like a business network cocktail party.

Everyone is in suits and a little more formal. Usually people have their resumes taped to their backs. But you can tell who-knows-who and ask them to introduce you. You can even share a business story.

Minimum Age: 14
Public Profile Pic? Optional 
Founded: 2002 

 

Positive Rating

Appeal:

  • Professional network to help find and secure jobs or refer others
  • A way to connect to colleagues with whom you do not want to share personal information

Risk:

  • Very low risk. Privacy settings are tricky but you can chose to hide you profile picture and title

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Meetup

… is like a list of all the extracurricular clubs you may want to join.

Interesting example of using online networks to facilitate offline meetings. You can join a specific group or just browse by taste and you will get a list of all the relevant events that Meetup groups create.

Minimum Age: 18
Public Profile Pic? Optional 
Founded: 2002 

 

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Easy way to connect to people with similar interests in a given geography

Risk:

  • Public forum where information is passed freely on attendees and meet-ups
  • Organizers could get unwanted attention
  • Users meet-up profile paints a picture of their personal interests

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monkey

Monkey

… is like a accidentally skyping the wrong person and chatting with them anyway.

Based off of Snapchat, get connected via video chat to strangers where you can engage in a 10 second live conversation. The other user’s age and gender are shared. If you to want to continue the conversation, become connected via Snapchat.

Minimum Age: 13
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2017

Negative Rating

Appeal:

  • Targeted at teens, who love meeting strangers
  • You can see the person you are talking to so they cannot fool you in to thinking they are someone of a vastly different age/gender

Risk:

  • Difficult to moderate so full of nudity, racism, and adult content
  • It is a popular place for predators looking to connect with vulnerable users

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musically logo

Musical.ly

… is being on a lip sync reality show.

Film videos, add special effects, lip sync to your hearts content. Share your videos via your existing social networks or with the Musical.ly users. You can participate in current contests and maybe get featured.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2014

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Awesome video editing software at your fingertips
  • Lip syncing is fun
  • Challenges keep it fresh and competitive

Risk:

  • A featured video could make a user more popular than they are prepared for
  • You can create a private account but most people use public to compete in challenges
  • Kids can be easily exposed to adult content via other people’s videos

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Ogle

… is like writing on a bathroom wall and having people comment back.

Centred around school campuses, people can leave anonymous messages, pictures and videos for others in the area. Was designed for “Anyone know our math homework?” but has become “For a good time call….”. Unlike Yik Yak and After School, which are also location based anonymous apps, Ogle allows users to comment back on anonymous posts and comments, thus making it even worse for bullying.

Minimum Age: 17
Public Profile Pic? No
Founded: 2016

Negative Rating

Appeal:

  • Hidden behind an anonymous username, people feel free to post anything
  • Gossip site specific to a school
  • Allows pictures and video as well as text

Risk:

  • Anonymity breeds bullying
  • The ability to comment on posts amplifies the bullying
  • False sense of security for users that they cannot be found out… but they can by legal agencies

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Omegle 

 Omegle

… is like passing notes with a stranger through a wall.

You cannot see or hear the person you are talking to. You can exchange pictures but no guarantee it is of your stranger. Their tagline is “talk to strangers” though it’s been more accurately parodied as “talk to pedophiles”.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2009

Negative Rating

Appeal:

  • It can be fun to talk to someone you have never met

Risk:

  • Oversharing personal data with false sense of anonymity
  • ‘Strangers’ may not be who they say they are

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Oovoo logo

Oovoo

… is like a work video conferencing app for personal use.

You can connect for free via video, voice or text with up to 12 people. You can also share desktops. Fantastic for group work, not so much for the ability to connect with predators.

Minimum Age: 13
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2009

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Easily connect for conference video or chats for free
  • Works on most platforms (desktop and handheld devices)
  • Desktop share allows you to show people things without sending

Risk:

  • Default setting is public so could be contacted by strangers

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Peach logo

Peach

… is like a chatting with your friends using a bunch of inside jokes.

A mishmash of social networks, Peach was a shortly lived hot commodity i January 2016 when it launched. It uses quick posts, funny shortcut keys and lots of GIFs to making chatting and posting fun.

Minimum Age: 13
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2016

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • A fun chat app that uses lots of tricks and cute ideas for posting

Risk:

  • Very little in the way of privacy settings

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periscope logo

Periscope

… is like a having your own live cable access show.

Live stream anything from anywhere and have people comment using Tweets on Twitter.

Minimum Age: 13
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2015

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Fantastic for streaming live events when news crews are not there
  • Great forum for people to host interviews and love chats for their brand or business
  • You can stream concerts and sporting events

Risk:

  • Often big events have copyright laws and streaming them could infringe those laws
  • Kids are filming themselves live and are susceptible to influence by tweets
  • Any event could be filmed live – including the inside of a change room or an intimate get-together

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pintrest logo Pintrest

… is like making a collage with every magazine on the planet and sharing it.

Imagine being able to neatly cut and glue pictures to an infinitely large bristol board! Create different boards for different topics (Hairstyles, do it yourself projects, hallowe’en costumes, articles) and share them with others. When browsing, quickly pin any picture you want to a board.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2010

Positive RatingAppeal:

  • Simplified ability to bookmark and organize all the things on the web you want to remember for later, especially recipes, crafts and articles
  • Excellent visual reference

Risk:

  • Public boards paint an accurate picture of who you are.

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pokemon go logo Pokemon Go

… is like your favourite childhood game coming to life.

Most kids that were born after the mid-80s are familiar with Pokemon. In the game, you are a trainer who needs to travel the world to find and capture creatures. You can then train the creature to battle other creatures. The handheld version lets you live out the game by actually walking around to find and collect Pokemon which you view through augmented reality on your phone’s screen.

Minimum Age: 13, or under 13 with Parent’s permission 
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2016

Positive Rating

Appeal:

  • A dream come true for avid Pokemon gaming fans
  • Instant community with other people playing the game
  • Lots of gamers getting exercise walking around looking for the Pokemon

Risk:

  • False sense of security in the game – people walking off with or meeting up with strangers
  • Prone to physical accidents due to the nature of having to look at your phone

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reddit logo Reddit

… is like a bulletin board in the centre of campus where you vote for the papers that stay on top, and you can post comments.

Post an entertaining idea, a picture, or a blog. Even ask a question. People will comment. People will vote. Popular stuff rises to the top. Reddit’s tag line is “the front page of the internet”. You decide.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2005 

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Community. If you want to talk about a subject, you can easily find a group to discuss with in subreddits
  • Entertainment through funny, thoughtful or educational posts
  • Real people posting real answers from all around the world and all demographics

Risk:

  • Very little content curation so comments are raw, littered with swearing and may be inappropriate for sensitive readers
  • Users have handles but are not actually anonymous as some believe

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Slingshot

… is like a gender biased version of “would you rather” while comparing answers with others.

Do not confuse this with a briefly released “Facebook Slingshot” which was Facebook’s answer to Snapchat’s disappearing messages. This app is the “male” version while Wishbone is the “female” version. Slingshot gives you a daily and night dozen of pairs of images and you pick your favourite. You can also set up your own polls. Expect cars, clothes, sports, women.

Minimum Age: 13
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2015

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Fun game to play and waste time
  • You can compare your choices with others
  • Create your own polls to see what your friends think

Risk:

  • Sexualized images of women
  • Lots of ads you are forced to watch

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snapchat logo Snapchat

… is like mission impossible self-destruction with teens’ photos and videos.

Once you open the snap it will self destruct in set amount of time. Don’t be fooled though; the recipient can take a screenshot of the photo before it disappears. Take that MI6.

Snapchat has also evolved to allow photos to be looped together to make stories. You can share stories with friends or follow celebrities and their stories.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2011 

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Photos that disappear (spoiler alert: they do not really)
  • Awesome filters and features like face swap and rainbow puke
  • Easy way to share photos and chat with friends

Risk:

  • False sense of security that images cannot be captured or kept
  • People, especially kids, looking for people to read and like their snaps and stories

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Tinder logo 

 

Tinder

.. is like getting people you know to propose potential dates in the area and deciding based on looks.

Based off of GPS and your Facebook information (including likes and number of mutual friends), possible candidates will be shown to you and you can literally wave them away with a finger by swiping their photo if you don’t like what you see.

Minimum Age: 17
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2012

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Fun way to find singles in your area
  • Judge by someone’s face, which you usually do anyway
  • Quick matching when both people swipe right

Risk:

  • Based on GPS so easy to triangulate someone’s location with enough accounts
  • People may not be who they say they are

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tumblr logo Tumblr

… is like a place where everyone can share their themed scrapbook.

Do you have a set of clever drawings? Pictures of your 3 year old crying? Short videos of cats dancing? Make a Tumblr (short for Tumble blog), put them in to a scrap book and pass them around.

You can create your own blog or participate in others.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2007 

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Entertainment with pictures, memes, thoughts and communities
  • You can curate your own Tumble blog or participate in others

Risk:

  • Privacy is difficult. Once reblogged, content can easily go viral
  • There are “support groups” for dangerous things like anorexia
  • Lots of adult content available to underage users

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twitter logo Twitter

… is like walking down a public road with a megaphone.

Make an announcement for the world to hear. No more than 140 characters or you will run out of breath. Want to know everything someone else is saying? You can follow them and get a list of those things later. The trouble with your megaphoning is that you are never quite sure how many people are listening.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 

Positive RatingAppeal:

  • Quick way to send out a brief thought or share content
  • You can follow celebrities and get their personal thoughts
  • Following hashtags allow you to join a conversation on a topic or event
  • Ideal for businesses and brands to communicate current news and events

Risk:

  • Tweets are instant which makes it easy to post without thinking
  • You cannot tell who has visited your page or read your tweets
  • Oversharing of information

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venom logo Venmo

… is like sharing your credit card statements with friends.

Now affiliated with PayPal, Venmo is a payment site that takes banking or credit card information and allows you to pay online. The uniqueness here is that it share your transactions (without the actual cost) in a news feed with friends.

Minimum Age: 13
Public Profile Pic? Yes – uses Facebook 
Founded: 2009

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Instant payment, like PayPal
  • People can see how you pay people back or are generous with cash

Risk:

  • You are disclosing all of your payment habits which is lots of private information
  • There is a privacy setting but it is off my default

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vine logo Vine

… is like renting out a digital billboard and posting your video on loop.

Much like Instagram only all video form, Vine is that billboard that plays your video on 6 second loop. There is a lot you can do in 6 seconds. Vine is now owned by Twitter so make sure you are carting your billboard down that road while you megaphone about it.

Minimum Age: 17
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2013 

Positive Rating

Appeal:

  • Looping videos in 6 seconds is a fun challenge to make entertaining
  • Watching Vines are entertaining too

Risk:

  • Posted videos can go viral easily
  • Due to minimum age of 17, there is mature content

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wanelo logo Wanelo

… is like digital catalogue shopping with others.

Share all the things you Want, Need and Love with your friends. With the option to buy them too. They call it a digital mall, popular for non-mainstream items.

Minimum Age: 13
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2012 

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Shopping and sharing in one place
  • You can make boards of items you like and want to come back to

Risk:

  • Accounts are currently public so other users can see what you picked
  • Your choices reveal a lot about your preferences and form your digital identity

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WhatsApp

… is like sending messages to friends in secret code that only they can see properly.

Using internet connection instead of voice, you can chat with anyone who has your phone number. You can even have an old-school phone call, but using VOIP (Voice Over IP). WhatsApp runs on all platforms (Apple, Android, Desktop etc). It sends messages encrypted so no one can hack them in transit.

Minimum Age: 16 
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2009 

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Can access any other users regardless if they are using device or computer
  • You only need someone’s phone number to use it
  • Encryption protects chats and calls

Risk:

  • Strangers can contact unsuspecting users if they guess or find their phone numbers

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Whisper

… is like anonymously recording and posting a confessional.

Put your secret into a sentence lay it over top of cool graphics. Either write what’s on your mind or answer a community question like “What’s the worst thing you’ve done at work?” or ” What do you wish you could tell your parents?”.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? No
Founded: 2012

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Hidden behind an anonymous username, people feel free to post anything
  • Because the user base is so big, no one can tell who is posting so this site has become a bit of a support group for people suffering who find solace in confessions of others

Risk:

  • Whisper asks for both your location and contacts on Android
  • False sense of security for users that they cannot be found out… but they can by legal agencies if they commit a crime

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Wishbone

… is like a gender biased version of “would you rather” while comparing answers with others.

This app is the “female” version while Slingshot is the “male” version. Wishbone gives you a daily and night dozen of pairs of images and you pick your favourite. You can also set up your own polls. Expect celebrities, clothes, jewellery, and guys.

Minimum Age: 13
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2015

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • Fun game to play and waste time
  • You can compare your choices with others
  • Create your own polls to see what your friends think

Risk:

  • Sexualized images of men
  • Lots of ads you are forced to watch

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Yellow logo

 

Yellow

.. is like Tinder for teens.

Based off of GPS and your Snapchat, possible candidates will be shown to you and you can literally wave them away with a finger by swiping their photo if you don’t like what you see. Yellow proposes connections that are of ‘similar’ age and near to your area. To make friends… obviously not more.

Minimum Age: 13
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2016

Negative Rating

Appeal:

  • Fun to swipe people based on their looks
  • Connect with people in your area
  • Targeted at teens

Risk:

  • This app says it is for making friends but that is *not* what kids are using it for. Definitely for flirting and meeting(?). Over 17s use actual Tinder.
  • Based on GPS so easy to triangulate someone’s location with enough accounts
  • People may not be who they say they are

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yik yak

 

 YikYak

… is like writing on a bathroom wall.

Using GPS and centred around school campuses, people can leave anonymous messages for others in the area. Was designed for “Anyone know our math homework?” but has become “For a good time call….”.

Minimum Age: 17
Public Profile Pic? No
Founded: 2013 

Negative Rating

Appeal:

  • Hidden behind an anonymous username, people feel free to post anything
  • Gossip site specific to a school

Risk:

  • Anonymity breeds bullying
  • False sense of security for users that they cannot be found out… but they can by legal agencies

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YouNow

… is like a having your own live cable access show, from your bedroom, with live audience comments.

Live stream anything from anywhere  – though it is mostly kid’s bedrooms – and chat with those who are watching you. You do not need an account to watch.

Minimum Age: 13
Public Profile Pic? No 
Founded: 2011

Risky rating

Appeal:

  • You get to star in your very own video… about you
  • Majority of the users are under 25 so it’s still fresh
  • You can interact with other users

Risk:

  • Kids are filming themselves live and are susceptible to influence by the comments
  • Any event could be filmed live – including the inside of a change room or an intimate get-together
  • Users are over-exposing their lives and personal information for attention

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youtube logo

 

YouTube

… is like a Netflix of people’s personal videos.

Older generations tend to look for one-off videos like movie trailers or ‘how to’ videos. Younger generations follow YouTube Channels and their respective stars, aka YouTubers. Many of the top YouTubers publish weekly videos about gaming, make-up or just sketch comedy.

Minimum Age: 13 
Public Profile Pic? Yes 
Founded: 2005

Positive RatingAppeal:

  • Instant access to information, TV segments, music videos
  • Follow YouTubers you enjoy
  • Share your own video content

Risk:

  • Oversharing personal information in video backgrounds or in what is said
  • Some content is not appropriate for young audiences
  • Easy to go from one “safe” video to another that is violent, full of swearing or sexually graphic (within reason according to terms and conditions)

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… is like an anonymous bulletin board in the centre of campus where you vote for the papers that stay on top and you can post comments.

Much like the Reddit board, you can post ideas or images and have people like and comment on them. The catch here is that it is anonymous so the comments here tend to the critical side. If there is something of questionable ethics, it often pops up here first –  like the iCloud breach of 2014 with all the celebrity nude photos.

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Appeal:

  • Community. If you want to talk about a subject, you can easily find a group to discuss with in subreddits
  • Entertainment through funny, thoughtful or educational posts
  • Real people posting real answers from all around the world and all demographics
  • Anonymity allows you to discuss taboo or inappropriate topics without judgement

Risk:

  • Very little content curation so comments are raw, littered with swearing and may be inappropriate for sensitive readers
  • Anonymity breads bullying
  • False sense of security for users that they cannot be found out… but they can by legal agencies

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