Mobile app "Yellow" causes safety concerns for teens
The popular app Snapchat recently launched a new feature that makes it easy to locate where people are. There's more to be concerned about.
The app "Yellow" has safety experts concerned. It's for children as young as thirteen and can instantaneously connect them with a stranger.
Yellow opens a backdoor to Snapchat. In the app store it's billed as "an easy and free way to make new friends and chat with them."
Joe Ryan with Internet Crimes Against Children says the app gives predators an easy opportunity to target teens.
"Sometimes these kids are finding anyone willing to listen and online predators taking advantage of that is almost the most dangerous part of it," Ryan says.
Ryan says online safety starts by having a conversation with your child. He says to download the apps on your phones to understand how it works.
- What kind of app is my child interested in?
- Are they making good decisions?
- What are the settings on that app I've allowed my child to use?
"Kids are good at social media because they spend a lot of hours on it. That doesn't mean they're good at technology. That doesn't mean they know how to use it correctly or responsibly," Ryan says.
Just be aware and communicate before running into a dangerous situation.