Research + News | Topic: Apps

New Trend Making Teens Vulnerable To Human Trafficking

How a trend to gain social media followers is making teens vulnerable to trafficking. Read the article here.

Teens Have Never Known A World Without Data Sharing, And It’s Creating A False Sense Of Security

The next generation — Generation Alpha, born 2010 and later — has had a digital footprint since birth. We have to recognize the positive impacts — connection, community, support, entertainment and creativity — while discussing potential harms. Read the article here.

TikTok Accounts Of Younger Teens Will Now Be Private By Default, All Minor Users Will Have Tighter Privacy

TikTok has made a set of changes to its app that will set the accounts of teenage users between 13 and 15 years private by default and also enable tighter privacy protections for all users under the age of 18. Read the article here.

What Parents Need To Know About Yubo, The ‘Tinder for Teens’

The app enables teenagers (or adults pretending to be them) to find others with similar interests and chat through private messaging or via public live streams. Read the article here.

TikTok Is More Popular Than Instagram Among US Teens, Study Finds

TikTok continues to reign supreme among US teens, according to data from a new study. For the first time, it now surpasses Instagram. Read the article here.

U.S. Adults Will Spend Over 3.5 Hours Per Day On Mobile Apps In 2020

US adults will spend an average of 4 hours, 1 minute (4:01) on mobile internet per day in 2020, with 3:35 of that time spent on mobile apps. Read the article here.

Keeping Kids’ Data Private

A new study conducted found that child-centered games or educational apps are collecting and sharing the data of children as young as preschool. Read the article here.

Kids In The UK Are Now Spending More Money On ‘Fortnite’ And ‘Roblox’ Than Candy And Books

Childrens’ spending habits in the UK have shifted to online games such as “Roblox” and “Fortnite” since lockdown began, away from sweets and books, a pocket money app has reported. Read the article here.

Did Fortnite Just Kill The App Store As We Know It?

Fortnite maker Epic Games sent shockwaves through the tech industry this week when it sued Apple and Google, claiming both companies’ app stores are monopolies. Read the article here.

Talk To Tweens About Health App Use

Tweens use health apps to track fitness and nutrition, sleep and wellbeing, but parents have concerns. Read the article here.