Snapchat Every day, some 400 million photos are shared via Snapchat; those photos then disappear, as Snapchat has them automatically self-destruct in ten seconds or less.In theory, it's a clever compromise between teenagers' voyeuristic narcissism and parents' desire to not have naked photos of their loved ones flying around the Intertubes. Apps that let others capture those supposedly temporary images and post them online are now widely available.
If you think you know what naughty shenanigans your teenager is up to on the Interwebs, you'd better sit down because I have some bad news for you.
According to a June 2012 survey conducted by Mc Afee, more than 70 percent of teens hide their online behavior from their parents.
(And some of those who say they don't were probably lying.) Meanwhile, less than one in five parents are aware that their teens are viewing porn, uploading racy photos, or chatting with total strangers.
In fact, the scariest things on the Internet are the messaging, photo sharing, and dating apps you've probably never heard of.
Forget Facebook: Here are five of the most troubling Web and mobile apps your teens may be using.
Kik Messenger This alternative texting service let your teens chat and swap pictures while bypassing your wireless provider's SMS service.So if you're checking your child's normal texting history for signs of misbehavior, you won't find any.Kik's terms of service ban pornography and nudity, but a search for “kik nudes” offers copious exceptions to these rules.Kik offers a guide for parents, but it's not terribly helpful.If you want to see what your child has been up to on Kik, you'll have to take their smartphone away and launch the app to see for yourself.Other popular alternatext apps include Whats App, Text Now, and Viber.