Cyber Safety Cop - Issue #4

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May 17 - Issue #4

Cyber Safety Cop

I am a law enforcement professional, school safety expert, and author of Parenting in a Digital World - A Step-by-Step Guide to Internet Safety. I am dedicated to teaching parents and children how to live safely at home, at school, and in their digital world.

Antichat - What parents need to know about this new anonymous chatroom teens are exploring.
Antichat
This new smartphone app ‘AntiChat’ is free of charge for both iOS & Android & lets you talk about just anything with other users. You can join any of the available anonymous chat rooms without having to worry about your personal data being stored or shared (‘nobody will judge you, as nobody can find out your real name’).
There are literally hundreds of messaging & chat apps available for the 2 major smartphone platforms, but what makes this app somewhat special is its commitment to anonymity. As they state in their app description, AntiChat is aimed at those amongst us who would like to share…
our thoughts, emotions, confessions, secret crushes, adult jokes & conversations without the eye popping reactions of friends, family and everyone on the chatting portals… modern apps & networking tools have become too personalized for guys and girls all over the world wanting to have freedom to chat without judgment. We all feel ourselves spied by colleagues & family members, under a huge magnifying glass.
The app’s extensive anonymity & security features “no name, no history, no ads, no fee, no spam, no bots, & no violence, fosters an environment where you can feel free to easily make friends Online & meet new people by sharing & discovering secrets. Gossiping & adult-themed confessions seem to flow freely & through the app’s age & gender segmentation, dating & matchmaking is a definite possibility.”
Parents should know that Antichat’s anonymity encourages risk taking and accountability free behavior that often brings out the worst in people. A brief search of the public chatrooms finds very adult themed discussions and sexual predatory behavior. Online sexual predators thrive in chatrooms that are anonymous. 
Antichat users also have the ability to make private chatrooms. Since you can share images with strangers that you meet on Antichat, these private chatrooms are the perfect place to share pornography or nude selfies. 
Cyber Safety Cop’s Recommendation:
Under no circumstances should a child be allowed to use Antichat or any anonymous chatroom app.
Parents should lock the app store through your child’s devices’ parental control. If you child can freely download apps from the app store, then they may download dangerous apps like Antichat without your knowledge.
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