He is a part of Cook Children's Experts on Call Speakers Bureau.Hawkins specializes in privacy and technology safety and is a regular speaker at the National HIT/HIPAA Conference.As with my presentations, articles such as this are a moving target as things get more troublesome by the minute. Because of this, more apps get developed that push the envelope of morality and safety.Look, if the developers could ensure the apps would only be used between consenting adults, I wouldn’t have a problem with all of this; however, the only way to ensure that to any reasonable level is to pretty much kill the app’s revenue streams.Bullies, predators, and more can send anonymous messages to a specific person, asking them inappropriate things or even simply making hurtful statements. Kik Messenger – This is a private messenger app and is coveted by those under 18 for a number of reasons.The App allows kids to send private messages that their parents can’t see. Hawkins, Information Security Officer Over the past several years, I have been actively speaking to parents, children, tweens, teens, and young adults regarding the dangers of the Internet and social media.
I am not going to go on a long rant about immorality or express my true feelings about the class of a person it takes to create certain apps for monetary gain, all the while knowing full well that children can and will fall victim while using those apps; instead, I am going to stick with the matter at hand.
Carrot Dating (no longer available at the time this article was written) was an app that was borderline prostitution in the same way ads are also “borderline” prostitution. Although Carrot Dating has been nixed, the philosophy behind the trend is still evident… Of course, “dates” can be defined in ways other than going out to dinner and a movie. The messages have no filter and can be viewed by the 500 Yakkers who are closest to the person who wrote the Yak, as determined by GPS tracking.
Users are exposed to – and contributing to – sexually explicit content, abusive language, and personal attacks so severe that schools are starting to block the App on their Wi-Fi.
This app also allows users to identify themselves by a made up username, posing the dangers of anonymity.
To make matters even scarier, third party websites allow users to search for people based on things like age and gender.