Apps to Beware

Parenting in the digital age can be scary. It’s easier when you’re equipped with the knowledge of what to look for. Below is a list of apps that are commonly used for online sexual exploitation or sex trafficking.



    • Snapchat
    • Instagram
    • Facebook
    • X
    • TikTok
    • Pinterest
    • Reddit
    • Tumblr
    • Roblox
    • Minecraft
    • Fortnite
    • Discord



    • Bumble
    • Grindr
    • Hinge
    • MOCO
    • Plenty of Fish
    • Skout
    • Tinder
    • OnlyFans
    • Kik
    • MeetMe
    • Live.Me
    • Ask.FM
    • Chatiw
    • Chatous
    • YouTube
    • Google Chat
    • Hot or Not
    • LMK
    • Skype
    • Saturn
    • TamTam
    • Tell On Me
    • WhatsApp
    • Whisper
    • Wink

    How do I protect my child online?

    • Teach kids proper online etiquette, safe ways to search terms, how to identify a secure website, and when to ask an adult for help.
    • Teach kids what to watch for and what is okay to click on and what to close out.
    • Set up firewalls and block all websites that are not rated safe for children. Use a third party content filter.
    • Have a plan in place in case your child is exposed to explicit content online. Learn to respond properly and use it as an educational opportunity.

    Internet Safety Tips for Children

    • Never share personal information online.
    • Don’t respond to emails, texts, or messages from strangers.
    • Don’t post or share photos online.
    • Don’t click links, open attachments, or accept gifts from someone you don’t know.
    • Never agree to meet someone in person who you met online.
    • Let your trusted adults know if you need help.

    What do I do if my child is exposed to explicit content?

    • Stay calm and listen patiently.
    • Find the source of the content.
    • Delete and block the explicit content.
    • Help your child think through and understand the explicit content that they have been exposed to in an age appropriate manner.
    • Thank your child for telling you while avoiding shaming them.
    • Keep the door open for continued conversation as opportunity allows.
    • Get law enforcement involved as necessary.

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