Kids who receive smart-phones can do naughty things right under a teacher or parent’s nose. For example, some apps allow kids to sext one another under the disguise of a calculator app. Some kids might end up buying in-app purchases offered within free apps, racking up charges on their parents’ credit cards.
Research conducted in 2015 showed that 22% of kids admitted to sexting. Most of the apps are free, but offer extras that can be purchased within the app, in order to enhance the experience. In fact, between 2013 and 2014, freemium app revenues rose by 211%, according to research companies IDC and App Annie.
Parents can regulate what their kids see, play with or use by stopping them from seeing adult content on a web browser, stopping them from deleting apps on your personal smart-phone, monitoring their phones for hackable apps, and blocking in-app purchases.