February 21, 2016

Your Questions Answered: Anonymous Messaging App Safety

By Gracie McKenzie

Police say messaging apps like Kik that can be used anonymously are linked to a growing number of crimes, our panelists told us in a recent show on the topic.

According to Kik itself, the app is used by 40 percent of American teenagers. Panelist Jen Golbeck, who’s an associate professor and director of the Social Intelligence Lab at the University of Maryland’s College for Information Studies, answered listener questions about how to stay safe in a live Facebook chat after our show.

On the apps discussed during the show

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On how to reach your children
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On when and how you should report suspicious behavior
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On profiling of Internet users
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On whether legislation could help with this issue
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