With virtual teen outposts popping up regularly, trying to stay on top of what your teen is doing online has become, for parents, very daunting. You know, the chat site and app that puts strangers together in their choice of a text chat or video chat room?
Or how about Whisper (whisper.sh), the app that allows users to post messages paired with an image anonymously – and later exchange personal contact info in the “Meet Up” section? But used irresponsibly, they can lead to bad things.
Sexting refers to sending or receiving sexually explicit or sexually suggestive images, messages or videos via a cellphone or the Internet.
Studies peg the number of teens who sext at about one in four. The half-second or so it took you to read that word could be all it takes to ruin a reputation – or worse.
What’s even more dangerous is that the app also shows the user’s location! Snap Chat: This commonly used app allows users to send photos that will “self destruct” within 10 seconds, encouraging kids to feel more comfortable “sexting” with peers.
Like most chatbots, a big part of Chatible’s appeal is that it’s already incorporated into a platform you already know.
Using Chatible is as simple as messaging the bot, waiting for it to reply with a button that will match you with an anonymous chatter and facilitate the conversation.
And with chatting, the option for anonymity and fun screennames was key, moreso because every conversation kicked off with a query of “age/sex/location? So it’s no surprise that apps that let you talk with total strangers reignite the appeal of the early internet.
Some of these apps let you chat with strangers based on interests, or indicate some cursory biographical points up front, but the majority, like Chatible, appear to prefer the stranger toss-up.