Here is a startling statistic: 20% of teens have sent or posted nude or semi-nude photos or videos of themselves
If your child was one of the 20% who has sent a nude or semi-nude photo or video, you would like to know right? You would know because you monitor their screens and keep and eye on what they are doing, right?
Wrong. Many parents don't want to know, don't pay attention, or ignore the often dangerous reality of the internet, social media, and texting these days.
Unfortunately, there are many apps out there that are designed to look (and act) as a basic calculator but are actually password protected vaults for private photos and videos that you don't want people to access.
Here are a few apps to be aware of:
- Calculator +
- Secret Calculator Vault
- Vault Calculator Hide Pictures
- and more
These apps let you hide private photos and videos behind a fully functioning calculator. They appear as though they are an innocent calculator; however, if you put in passcode it will open up a private area. All files are supposedly securely stored in the App and remain completely private and confidential. (Yet, as we all know, nothing is secure and confidential in this day and age).
Many of these apps have a built-in feature that automatically takes a screenshot of whoever is trying to open the app and logs it. If you notice this app on your child's phone and try to open it, your child will know.
iPhone Calculator Apps To Watch Out For
How To Find HIdden Calculator Apps On oOur Child's Phone
Android Calculator Apps To Watch Out For
What To Do If You Find One Of These Calculator Apps On Your Child's Phone
If you happen to discover one of these apps on your child’s phone, it is extremely important to talk to them. This isn’t about punishing or shaming them, or taking away their privacy. Instead, use this as an opportunity to teach them good behavior and how to stay safe online. Sit down with your child and assess the situation. Having a healthy “tech talk” is just as important as having a healthy drug or sex talk; it reinforces what your child should and shouldn’t be doing and why. Finding these secret apps on your child’s phone may be scary, but it’s a great way to introduce the topic of appropriate smartphone use.
Why? Because everyone, including teens deserve love.