Popular apps can connect kids with predators

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Nearly everyone uses apps like Facebook and Twitter, but there are many other popular apps that allow kids and teens to be sneaky.

Some apps that are popular among teens are also popular with predators.

Lieutenant Donny Shaw, with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, said, “They can allow children to conceal what their plans are, and it could allow predators to lure them to them.”

Kik is a free app that allows you to connect with anyone else using the app. You don’t need a phone number or have to verify your age. A big concern with Kik is that messages won’t be seen if the account is logged on to a different device.

“Children can conceal the conversations that they’re having with other people. There’s been instances where somebody planned a run away situation, and they was doing it over social media apps,” said Shaw.

Holla is similar to Kik, because you can connect with people all over the world. The app is free and easy to sign up for. Kids can also lie about their age on the Holla app. The biggest concern with Holla is that children can easily be exposed to nudity.

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