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False security in apps causes concern for kids using them

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Amarillo, TX - Apps which allow kids to share pictures and information anonymously or immediately delete shared information are causing concern.

Many apps are causing concern because they give students a false sense of security when it comes to sharing information and photos.

Apps such as Snapchat, which allows people to send a picture to someone and have it delete after a set amount of time and Ask FM which allows kids to ask questions anonymously, are worrying a local School Resource Officer.

"These kids are able to send stuff and be anonymous, and then there's no record on a lot of the apps, so even if a parent gets in there and looks, whatever they sent is deleted by the app," said Wallace Jones who is the School Resource Officer at River Road High School.

And because it's being deleted or it's anonymous Jones says many kids feel it's okay to use the apps inappropriately even though it's possible for the person they sent it to, to use another phone to take a copy of the picture or information.

"These kids are sending out pictures of themselves that are inappropriate, nude pictures a lot of times, and they don't understand the repercussions of that when it all comes back around," Jones said.

And that is the main concern for Caprock High School parent Kory Brown.

"It just takes one incident, whether it's a picture or a bad text, all it takes is one incident, their life could be ruined, or they have it hanging over them for the rest of their lives," said Kory Brown who is the father of a 15 year old daughter.

Jones says there are apps out there which parents can download  alerting them if their child tries to use an app or look something up they feel is inappropriate.

But the best thing Jones says is to constantly monitor your child's phone by physically looking at it and seeing what is on there.