FILTER: App/Game (On page)

321Chat

Teen chat room website, aimed specicially at teenagers.

Category: Messaging
Platform(s): Android
Age: 13
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4Chan

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

Category: Content sharing
Platform(s): Mac, Windows
Age: 13
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Agent

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.

Category: Messaging
Platform(s): Android
Age: 13
Possible Risks: Bad language, Sexual

AirDrop – Wifi File Transfer

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.

Category: Content sharing
Platform(s): Android
Age: 13
Possible Risks: Sexual

Amino

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.

Category: Messaging
Platform(s): Android, IOS (Apple)
Age: 12
Possible Risks: Bad language, Sexual
Further information:

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

Animal Jam

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.

Category: Game
Platform(s): Online (Web based)
Age: 10+
Possible Risks:
Further information:

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

Ask.FM

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.

Category: Messaging
Platform(s): Android, IOS (Apple), Mac
Age: 13+
Possible Risks: Bad language, Bullying, Sexual
Further information:

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

Badoo

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.

Category: Dating
Platform(s): Mac, Windows
Age: 18
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Battlenet

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.

Category: Messaging
Platform(s): Mac, Windows
Age:
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BBM

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.

Category: Messaging
Platform(s): Android, IOS (Apple)
Age:
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