Research + News | Topic: Apps

Facebook’s Newest App Is A Chat Service For Kids

Facebook is launching a new chat app for kids, the company announced Monday. Read the article here.

Amazon Revolutionizes Teen Allowances

Amazon has launched a new program that allows parents to set up, fund and manage shopping accounts for their teens. Read the article here.

Devastated Teens Lose Their Streaks After Snapchat Goes Down

Horrified Snapchatters have awoken to a bleak set of circumstances after Snapchat stopped working for users. Read the article here.

On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters

The app YouTube Kids contains dark corners, as videos that are disturbing for children slip past its filters, either by mistake or because bad actors have found ways to fool the YouTube Kids algorithms. Read the article here.

Digital Dopamine: When ‘Delightful’ Becomes A Drug

Developers want their software to be addictive, a habit that users can’t break, that connects at a level that transcends thought. Read the article here.

Teenager Warns About App That Lets You Post Anonymously

Sarahah is one of the top mobile apps in the United States, and it’s one that many parents don’t know exists. Read the article here.

Genius Ways Companies Get Kids To Do Their Marketing For Them

From check-ins to treasure hunts, today’s promotional campaigns rely on kids’ influence to go viral. Read this blog from Common Sense Media here.

Apps Stirring Up Trouble In Schools

From teen hookups to live streaming, this year’s hottest social media can lead kids to risky behavior. Read the blog post from Common Sense Media here.

Fathers Warns Parents About Popular App After His 7-Year-Old Daughter Is Asked To Send Suggestive Photos

When Brad Summer’s 7-year-old daughter, Madison, was asked by a stranger to send nude pictures of herself through a popular music app, he knew he had to warn other parents about the dangers of social media. Read the article here.

These Are The 10 Most Used Smartphone Apps

When it comes to smartphone apps, Facebook and Google dominate. Read the list here.