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 discovered rather quickly that I could not prepare a single set of presentations to use over and over again.
Rather, I need to conduct new and fresh research for every single presentation I do, regardless of how much time has passed from one to the next. Because that is how fast things change in the world of technology and online interactions.
Parents, you need to be aware that truly dangerous apps exist and are readily available to your children.And, if you are reading this as a young person or young adult who thinks I am being condescending, tough.In order to write an article such as this that is intended to reach the parents of potential victims, I have to be general in my assumptions and sweeping in my aim.I would rather offend you than not get the message out to someone that could prevent a devastating, life altering event for a child.In my presentations to parents, I list a handful of apps; however, you have to understand that there are literally millions of apps available and, even those apps where the intended purpose by the app’s creator may be innocent, can be used dangerously.
The reverse is also applicable; however, with the apps I am about to showcase, it is unlikely that they would be used in a benign way. Seeking - Brandon Wade is the founder of this site and supporting apps are available on Google Play for Android devices as well as i Tunes for all i OS devices.
Seeking Arrangement identifies itself as a “sugar daddy dating app”.
While discussing Seeking Arrangement, it is also important to note that Brandon Wade also created an app called Carrot Dating. It allows users to post text-only “Yaks,” or messages, of up to 200 characters.
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.
Although the posts are anonymous, kids start revealing personal information as they get more comfortable with other users.