HOW ARE TEENS LIVING A SECRET LIFE ONLINE?
Teens are using a variety of apps to hide their activity from their parents. They include:
Musical.ly - which lets users share lip-syncing videos - to
WhatsApp for secure messaging
Houseparty, a group video chat service.
'Vault' apps let them store risque photos, which are often traded among friends
Secret 'burner' phones avoid parental monitoring
Passwords are often shared with friends who can post on their accounts when privileges are taken away.
What can parents do?
Talking with your kids to make it a teachable moment is first. Then there are plenty of apps that can help like MMGuardian. It allows the parent manage and monitor your kid's phone. You can shuts the phone down during the school day (though they can still call you) and at bedtime. It also allows you to turn off certain apps, even if it is just temporary as a punishment, and it allows you to monitor texts, too.