CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - With hundreds of apps to choose from the many app stores out there, seeing anonymous texting apps like Kik on your child's phone should raise red flags.
It's no longer just apps like Facebook and Twitter to look out for; anonymous text messaging apps like Kik are proving to be just as dangerous.
Blount County (Alabama) District Attorney Pamela Casey said apps like Kik should make parent aware that everything isn't always as you believe.
"It's a way to send a ton of text messages in a way without the cost other than the data," Casey said. "Your parents are not necessarily going to see all these text messages."
Casey said parents should be even more vigilant than just looking at their cell phone bill.
"A parent saying 'I'm looking at my child's phone and they only sent 200 text message last month, I don't think that's that many," she said. "In reality they may have sent several thousand over Kik."
So, how can you keep your child safe?
- Use your Apple or Android username on your child's phone
- Know what each app does
- Talk with your child
That's something that local mom Jennifer Elfrink said she does with her 17-year-old daughter.
"I keep open communication with her," Elfrink said. "Also kind of periodically kind of see who she is talking to on the phone, who she may be texting, making sure that she's safe."
Elfrink said with new apps making it easier to communicate with children, she recommends parents to keep an eye on their children.
"It's a scary world out there and social media is a big part of why it's such a scary world," Elfrink said.