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Parents who find it on their teens' phones can conclude just one thing: Your kid is hiding things from you.
Not everything online is evil, nor does danger lurk behind every new app that comes to market. Kids can hide any app they don’t want you to see, Teen Safe says.
But keeping up with your teens' and preteens' online activities is much like trying to nail jelly to the barn door -- frustrating, futile and something bound to make you feel inept. Such is the case with Audio Manager, an app that has nothing to do with managing your teen's music files or controlling the volume on his smartphone and everything to do with him hiding things like nude photos from you. When you press and hold the Audio Manager app, a lock screen is revealed -- behind which users can hide messages, photos, videos, and other apps.
Again, by promising a complete delete, kids could feel more comfortable revealing more than what they would do otherwise.
And again, capturing a screenshot so that the message can be shared and lives forever, may be the app's Achilles' heel.
Even if your kid doesn't have the app and has no interest in reading super secret messages, she could unwittingly get involved: The app sends a Burn Note alert that she has a message waiting.
It's actually pretty easy to recover a Snap, take a screenshot of it and share it with others -- and by others, we mean porn sites.
Burn Note's display system shows just one word at a time, adding a sense of secrecy to the messages.This is a real up-and-coming app, says online safety expert Lewis.It's an all-in-one mobile hub for chatting, sharing photos and videos; free texting and video calls too. Things can get dicey with the hidden chat feature; users can decide how long their messages can last (two seconds or a week)."It's a key way teens are hiding their nude pictures from their parents," said Lewis.Lewis says the best way to solve this situation is for parents to add their teen to their i Cloud account.Vaulty will not only store photos and videos away from parental spying eyes, but it also will snap a photo of anyone who tries to access the "vault" with the wrong password.