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321Chat

Type: Messaging
Platform(s): Android
Age limit: 13
Support site: https://www.321chat.com/contact/
Potential risks: Bullying, Discrimination, Sexual

321 chat is a desktop teen chat room website, aimed specicially at teenagers. It’s chat rooms have names including teens, 20s, gay, religion and Asian. There have been reports of users being banned without reason and for bullying behaviour related to sexuality.

4Chan

Type: Content sharing
Platform(s): Mac, Windows
Age limit: 13
Support site: http://www.4chan.org/contact
Potential risks:

An anonymous message board and content hosting platform. Often associated with “Trolling”.

Ablo

Type: Messaging
Platform(s): Android, IOS (Apple)
Age limit: 18
Support site: https://ablo.live/#/about/safety/
Potential risks: Additional costs, Bad language, Sexual

Ablo is an adult international social networking app with the twist that it instantly translates dozens of languages, encouraging people to connect with others from all over the world. Users write or talk in their own language, and the messages are automatically translated to the recipient’s language. Users can connect with people from all over the world, and the app will translate chats and video calls in real time. Registration requires date of birth to confirm age, but this is not verified. It also requests access to your personal Google account. The site is intended for adults and is used largely for dating. Sexting and abusive language has been seen in this app. It is free to try, but includes in-app purchases.

Further information:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/ablo

Agent

Type: Messaging
Platform(s): Android
Age limit: 13
Support site: https://help.mail.ru/agent-help
Potential risks: Bad language, Sexual

Agent Chat and video calls is like most other instant messaging sites and allows the user to send messages, pictures and documents to contacts. A recent report in Cheshire highlights this site being used for uploading videos of sexual acts being performed by what appear to be minors. Also messages were being exchanged in relation to possible availability of underage females.

AirDrop – Wifi File Transfer

Type: Content sharing
Platform(s): Android
Age limit: 13
Support site:
Potential risks: Sexual

Popular file sharing app that lets users transfer files to different devices via wi-fi. Is available on Andriod and Apple products. Has been seen recently in incidents whereby teens have used it to securely send self-generated indecent images to each other.

Amino

Type: Messaging
Platform(s): Android, IOS (Apple)
Age limit: 12
Support site: https://aminoapps.com/contact
Potential risks: Bad language, Sexual

AMINO – COMMUNITIES, CHAT, FORUMS, AND GROUPS is an app that lets users access and contribute to communities about a range of subjects, including bands, books, genres, and activities. … When you tap a community, you can view its description, community guidelines, and the number of registered users in that group. There are risks as there is a chat facility and obviously would be an ideal platform for grooming to take place.

Further information:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/amino-communities-chat-forums-and-groups

Animal Jam

Type: Game
Platform(s): Online (Web based)
Age limit: 10+
Support site: https://sbiaj.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
Potential risks: Bad language, Bullying, Sexual

Online children’s game that has over 70 million registered players. Animal Jam takes place in a fictional area known as Jamaa, containing various biomes and cartoon player-created animals. Players can create an animal with an anonymous 3-part name, such as “Crashing Magicshark”, dress it up with virtual clothing, and control it in the gameplay environment. The game also contains a private chat area where players can communicate with one another.

Further information:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/animal-jam

Ask.FM

Type: Messaging
Platform(s): Android, IOS (Apple), Mac
Age limit: 13+
Support site: https://safety.ask.fm
Potential risks: Bad language, Bullying, Sexual

Ask.fm is a Q&A-based site (and app) that lets users take questions from their followers, and then answer them one at a time, any time they want. In any case, it gives youngsters another reason to talk about themselves other than in the comment section of their own selfies. Although Ask.fm may not be as huge as Instagram or Snapchat, it’s a big one to watch, for sure. With such a big interest from youngsters, it absolutely has the potential to become the go-to place for Q&A content.

Further information:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/website-reviews/askfm

Badoo

Type: Dating
Platform(s): Mac, Windows
Age limit: 18
Support site: https://badoo.com/en/help/
Potential risks:

Badoo is a dating-focused social networking service, founded in 2006 and headquarters in Soho, London. Like many other social network sites, you have several options to filter through interests and types to find someone to befriend, date or chat with on Badoo. The advanced filter allows you to pick a range of ages and distances from where you live. Badoo performs well at finding people for you to connect with locally. On the advanced filter, you can look for more specific traits like body type, kids, education and star sign.

Battlenet

Type: Messaging
Platform(s): Mac, Windows
Age limit: 18
Support site: https://eu.support.blizzard.com/
Potential risks:

A messaging system connecting users of World of Warcraft and other content created by Blizzard. Users details are tied to their own individual account which is also used to log into these games.

Further information:

BBM

Type: Messaging
Platform(s): Android, IOS (Apple)
Age limit:
Support site:
Potential risks:

BlackBerry’s BBM is an instant messaging app. You have your own unique 4 digit PIN and other people can only add you as a contact using this. As well as instant messaging, you can have group chats, voice calls and share voice notes and pictures.

Bigo

Type: Messaging
Platform(s): Android, IOS (Apple)
Age limit: 13
Support site:
Potential risks:

BIGO LIVE is a live video streaming app for iOS and Android developed by BIGO TECHNOLOGY PTE. LTD in Singapore. It allows users to live stream anytime and anywhere with their mobile phones. And people can follow other users and send digital gifts to other users.

Further information:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/bigo-live-live-stream

Bin Weevils

Type: Game
Platform(s): Online (Web based)
Age limit: 13 or with Parental consent
Support site: https://www.binweevils.com/parents_overview
Potential risks:

Bin Weevils is an online virtual world where you can play free online games, chat with friends, adopt a virtual pet, grow your own garden and watch cartoons. You can send messages to other players in the game.

Blendr

Type: Dating
Platform(s):
Age limit: 18
Support site: https://blendr.com/en/help/
Potential risks:

Blendr is a geosocial networking application and social discovery platform – basically, a dating site – for Android, the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Facebook. It’s designed to connect likeminded people within close proximity. Blendr is made by the creator of Grindr and is powered by Badoo.

Blindmatch

Type: Messaging
Platform(s): Android
Age limit: 18
Support site:
Potential risks: Additional costs, Bad language, Sexual

Blindmatch is a chat app where users are matched with strangers in private chat rooms. There’s no language moderation and no way to know who you are actually speaking to. Users can end a chat at any time and have the option of connecting as a “friend” if both sides agree. There is no registration and users can access the app immediately. The app has lots of ads.

Further information:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/free-stranger-chat-anonymous-chat-blindmatch

Blinx

Type: Content sharing
Platform(s): Android, IOS (Apple)
Age limit: 8
Support site: https://blinxbooks.com/faq/safety-security-privacy/
Potential risks:

Blinx is a way for families to share what has been going on in their day in a closed environment. While it’s not a difficult app to use, the features may not be clear when starting; some family members might need a hand. It requires a mobile phone number for registering and connecting with others. Refer to terms and conditions for how information is shared

BlockStarPlanet

Type: Messaging, Game
Platform(s): Android, IOS (Apple), Online (Web based)
Age limit: 11
Support site: https://moviestarplanet.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/214480005
Potential risks: Additional costs, Bad language

BlockStarPlanet is like Minecraft role playing game with a social network element. The core of the game allows players to fight each other in arenas with a range of weapons but without any gore. Chat is filtered. Chat is filtered, but users have been heard to be abusive.
The game includes a VIP subscription whereby users are pressured to join which may be difficult for young users to ignore.

Further information:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/blockstarplanet

Bobbin

Type: Messaging
Platform(s): Android
Age limit: 18
Support site:
Potential risks:

Anonymous messaging app that enables you to have private conversations and exchanges images between different users.

Boom Beach

Type: Game
Platform(s): Android, IOS (Apple)
Age limit: 7
Support site: http://supercell.com/en/parents/
Potential risks: Violence

Boom Beach is a game where players free enslaved islanders and unlock secrets. You can play on your own or team up with players around the world.

Further information:

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/boom-beach

BoyAhoy

Type: Content sharing, Dating
Platform(s):
Age limit: 18
Support site:
Potential risks: Sexual

Dating app aimed specifically at gay men. Chat, flirt, meet and date fellow homosexual males. The app has chat and photo sharing features.

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