Research + News | Topic: Apps

Apps Offer Teens Some One-And-Done Settings To Stay Safer Online. Here’s A Crash Course

Use safety settings as a jumping-off point to talk about what helps your teen feel safe on the Internet. Read the article here.

1 In 3 Young Children Are Already Using Social Media Apps – Without Parental Supervision

A new study finds a third of children between seven and nine years-old are already using social media apps. Read the article here.

The New Social Scene

Social apps teens are building and using. Read the article here.

Parent Alert! Sexual Content On Roblox Plus 3 Safety Tips

Roblox is popular with kids all over the world. It currently hosts 142 million users and it’s been estimated that half of kids in the U.S. under 16 have played Roblox. Sadly it’s easy for predators and bad actors to infect the Roblox platform with sexual content. Read the article here.

Parent Alert! The Dangers Of OnlyFans Plus 4 Ways To Defend Your Kids

Defend Young Minds has this to say about OnlyFans:

“The idea behind OnlyFans was to “develop a site where creators could monetize their content free of advertisers.”

The “creators” included photographers, YouTubers, models, actors, and others involved in the creative arts. Unfortunately, the site also immediately attracted sexually explicit content.”

Read the full article here.

More Gen Zers Now Use TikTok Than Instagram In The US

In 2023, TikTok will surpass Snapchat in total US users. Read the article here.

Dangers Of Discord: 6 Steps For Safeguarding Teens On The Popular Chat App

What exactly is Discord? And can my teen safely use it? Read the article from Protect Young Minds here.

Advocacy Groups Urge FTC To Be Tougher On Google With Protecting Kids Privacy On Apps

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and the Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) said they plan to file a complaint with the FTC Wednesday asking regulators to investigate how the Google Play Store promotes apps for kids. Read the article here.

Instagram Will No Longer Let Adults Message Teens Who Don’t Follow Them

Teen users will also be shown safety prompts when messaging ‘suspicious’ adults. Read the article here.

This “TikTok Meets Tinder” Dating App Wants To Help Gen Z Connect

As Gen Z enters the dating scene, this app wants to leave swiping right behind and use TikTok-esque short-form videos to connect young daters. Read the article here.