Quick Meme

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Quick Meme

Threat Level – Very Low

Quick Meme is an app that is designed for quick Meme making. It has all the fonts for text and also the most popular Internet Memes.

For the ones that don’t know what a meme is, let me explain. An Internet Meme or Meme is defined (pron.: /ˈmiːm/ meem) as a concept that spreads from person to person via the Internet.

The concept of a meme was defined and described by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene, as an attempt to explain the way cultural information spreads; internet memes are a subset of this, specific to the culture and environment of the internet.

Fads and sensations tend to grow rapidly on the Internet, because the instant communication facilitates word of mouth transmission.

The most common Internet Memes are usually two lines of text with a picture. The pictures are used over and over again, with different text. Usually funny or witty text for joking purposes

Some of the common picture memes are named. For example, grumpy cat, or the famous Game of Thrones winter is coming.

Kids are beginning to catch into the wittiness of memes and the humor behind them. You see more and more going viral and even being signed as advertisement for big companies.

Most Memes are created for funny one liners or subjects to be edgy but funny. Below is an example of a grumpy cat meme.

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Meme, grumpy cat, 2 line text, silly

Snapclap

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Snapclap

Threat Level – Very Low

Snapclap is a friendly reminder that pictures can be taken without touching the shutter button on your phone.

With Snapclap, the user has to ability to take a photo two different ways. One is by opening the app, setting your phone in the position you want it, and clap your hands. The app then snaps a picture, either front or rear camera . The second way is via a timer. You can launch Snapclap and set a predetermined time you want to take a picture.

As for the social side, you can export your photos to the major social networking sites with the touch of an export button.

This app is a good reminder and also a good lesson to teach your child that someone doesn’t have to be holding up a phone in front of them to take pictures.

One unwanted picture shared to the world could be very damaging to your child.

Camera, hands holding camera, two hands, hands camera

Skype

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Skype
Threat Level – High

Skype was first released in 2003 by the same people that developed the file sharing software for Kazaa. Over the past 10 years, Skype has grown to be one of the most popular voice over Internet services. With over 600 million users and was bought by Microsoft in 2011 for $8.5 billion. Along with Skype Internet site, both Android and appeal

The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the Internet. Phone calls may be placed to recipients on the traditional telephone networks. Calls to other users within the Skype service are free of charge, while calls to landline telephones and mobile phones are charged via a debit-based user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features, including file transfer, and I stand messaging. Think of Skype as the original FaceTime. Skype should be recognized as one of the fore fathers of video conferencing.

Skype is also available on mobile devices for android and IOS. These apps are free to download and charge for calls to traditional phone services, but offer free Skype to Skype and instant messaging.

Skype has over 650 million registered users, and as of 2011 owned by Microsoft.

On January 9, 2013, Microsoft revealed that it intends to retire Windows Live Messenger in favor of its Skype service, although Messenger will continue in mainland China. Microsoft began the transition for all users on April 8, 2013.

I gave this a high threat level, due to the video chatting but if located on your child’s device you must find out who they are skyping with and monitor closely.

Blue, blue app, s, big s

Shazam

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Shazam

Threat level – Very Low

Shazam is a commercial mobile phone based music identification service, with its headquarters in London, England. The company was founded in 1999 by Chris Barton, Philip Inghelbrecht, Avery Wang and Dhiraj Mukherjee.

Shazam uses a mobile phone’s built-in microphone to gather a brief sample of music being played. An acoustic fingerprint is created based on the sample, and is compared against a central database for a match. If a match is found, information such as the artist, song title, and album are relayed back to the user. Relevant links to services such as iTunes, YouTube, Spotify or Zune are incorporated into some implementations of Shazam.

As of September 2012, Shazam has raised $32 million in funding. And is continually growing into the social media field. You can now share the songs that you identify with your Shazam app to let others know what you are tagging. All this sounds innocent and doesn’t really seem like an app to be concerned with until now.

Shazam has teamed up with movie production companies for a new twist of using Shazam. If you are watching television and notice a caption at the bottom that says Shazam for Red Band, be aware! This means they want you to launch your Shazam app to hear the trailer. It identifies the trailer then launches the red band movie trailer on your device. A Red Band trailer is an 18 plus graphic movie trailer that you don’t want your child watching. I saw this for the first time tonight, and figure it is only going to be used more and more. Just watch out for the Shazam now on your television. Your kids know exactly what that means!

Blue, blue app, s, letter s

Mocospace

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Mocospace

Threat – Level Very high

MocoSpace is a mobile game community focused for mobile, also available on an open website. The features of the site are similar to other social networking sites. Features include mobile games, chat, instant messaging, eCards, and photos.

MocoSpace is an off deck mobile site, which means that it isn’t featured on the start page of cell phone carriers but is a standalone mobile web site that can be visited by any phone with mobile web access.

MocoSpace is one of a number of Boston-area startups focusing on developing applications for the mobile web. MocoSpace is the largest HTML5 mobile game community in the U.S. with well over 25 million registered users and over 3 billion monthly page views.

It is also one of the largest mobile websites of any type in the U.S.

The app for Mocospace is available on all platforms and simple to use. The start screen when open says play games , find friends. It immediately is reaching out to things that kids like to do. The sign up screen is easy with a 1 click Facebook sign in, that takes your Facebook info to create your Mocospace account for you, or a simple sign up feature that only needs a name, email your age and a photo to create an account. It never asked me for age, or for any email verification. Within 2 minutes of when I launched the app, I was in Mocospace.

In the first page when I logged in, I knew what this app was targeting. It wanted to use my gps location to locate other Mocospace users around me, and also their ages were within a couple years of what I registered on setup. (Do you need people opposite your sex, or gender for online gaming, like the title says? I don’t think so) The first thing I saw was a thumbnail gallery of pictures of females, most mirror shots with a lot being sexually explicit. I am assuming it was only showing females, because my login setup was setup as a male. Right off the bat, this app appeared to be more of a hook up site than a friendly chat and gaming site. I could click on their picture and it immediately told me that I could send them a message. In several profiles that I viewed, I saw posts that read “hot momma looking for love”, “need a real man hook up”, “lonely for love”. Not one time did I see….wanna play Pacman?

From the menu, you can find friends, select games an share status updates with others, and also have a private mailbox. The user interface is very easy to navigate around and even easier to hook up with a stranger and begin “chat”.

I gave this app a Very High Threat level due to its sexually explicit feel of site and also promoting talking to strangers of the opposite sex. Also with the titles of these chat rooms, this seems like a community where predators could be in waiting.

Mocospace can be accessed from the Internet or from a mobile device. If you see this app on your child’s phone, or Internet history please address it immediately.

Red, blue, yellow, green, red blue yellowwood green, m, o, c, o, multi color app

Talking Bear Hugs

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Talking Bear Hugs

Threat Level – Low

Talking Bear Hugs is an app developed by AppVillage pty ltd. This is a simple app that allows you to record a voice message overtop of a dancing digital bear to send to friends.

The digital bear is also interactive and can be interacted with like a video game. The messaging side of app is the sharing aspect. You can record a personalized message to go with your bear and allows you to email your personal message to other people. You can also share your voice recording to twitter or Facebook.

The app is free with a few in app purchase options like the Panda purchase where you can replace your digital bear with a digital panda.

I rated this a low threat level due to it being an app that just allows voice messages to be recorded and sent. It does not allow live chat or messaging. And only shares to social media.

Bear app, bear, teddy bear