CyberSafe: Ghost apps

Cyber Safe

Could your kids be hiding things from you on their phones? It can be done with what’s called ghost apps. In fact, they may be lurking on your child’s mobile device right under your nose.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office invited parents to meet at Falcon Bluffs Middle School to discuss the concerns of raising a teen with technology.

“We give kids a phone and they are let loose,” Sgt. Michael Harris said. “Parents need to take control.”

Erica Franzeel said she’s concerned about her two children.

“I feel like I’m tech savvy, but with all these apps, I’m not so sure,” she said.

The ghost apps sparked the most discussion. You might recall the sexting scandal that hit Cañon City High School a few years ago. Students were sending explicit photos and hiding them with an app that appeared to be a calculator.

It’s a reminder to parents to be vigilant in their monitoring.

“Many times your picture is out there, even if it’s out there for five to 10 seconds, you don’t know who’s capturing it,” Harris said. 

Parents are urged to continue monitoring their children’s devices and access. Don’t allow them to take phones or iPads to bed or use them at dinner. Harris encourages open conversations with your children about responsible use of technology.  

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