MILLBURN, NJ - In the technological age, parents are often left wondering what they can do to keep their children and teens safe in the unconstrained environment of cyberspace. The New Jersey Attorney General's Office issued a number of helpful tips for parents to help keep their children safe on the internet and other social media platforms. Chat forums received special mention as they are ripe environments for predators to anonymously seek out young victims.
The Attorney Generals office lists eleven chat apps that parents should be aware including: Snapchat, Kik, TextFree, WhatsApp, Text+, Omegle, Chat Roulette, Chatstep, Craigslist, Photovault and Keepsafe.
Some of the apps originated as a work around to avoid using the allotted text messages from the service provider, but now they are being utilized as a way to hide texting activity.
There are many options available to parents to monitor their children's texting and social activity on their cell phone. First and foremost, open communication is key. Parents can also check the phones frequently, contact the cell provider to limit certain options and utilize monitoring software such as Rakkoon, TeenSafe, Circle and many others.