SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Do what apps your kids are using?

Young youngsters and teens are the usage of social media and cellular apps to stay related extra than ever, and whilst they can be amusing, there is additionally a dark and threatening facet — with capabilities like anonymity, geotagging, and capacity interaction with strangers.

Viral net challenges intertwined with those apps can also put tweens and young adults at risk.

Parental Guide to Mobile Apps
For one Springfield mother, what started out online had real-existence outcomes on her younger daughter.

“She failed to want to go to the restroom alone, she failed to need to visit bed on my own, she did not want to go inside the kitchen,” Stephanie Croteau defined.

Croteau discovered out a classmate uncovered her 8-year-old daughter to a traumatic internet cyberbullying sport referred to as the Momo Challenge, after finding notes in her backpack with written threats and the name Momo scribbled throughout them.

“You should watch for the signs and symptoms, and they’re so little,” Croteau stated. “The symptoms started out with her being scared. For me to discover that information out, I needed to find the ones, and my daughter and I are very close.”

Springfield Public Schools spokesperson Azell Cavaan told 22News educators cannot manage what is going on outdoor of school, so that they depend heavily on mother and father to hold an open line of communique with their youngsters about net safety.

“For children, that is as realistic as someone status right in front of them,” Cavaan said. “It’s an entire exceptional technology and they perceive social media in a way that perhaps some adults may not apprehend.”

22News is Working For You with a list of apps parents can use to monitor their children’s cellphone and net activity. Parents need to affirm and examine evaluations before the usage of or shopping any apps:

uknowkids
mSPY
Zift
Norton Family
My Family Tracker
Secure Teen