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Kids today communicate differently. Textbooks and class notes are digital. Conversations happen through messaging and apps. Pictures and videos are shared in an instant. They have “friends” they’ve never actually met, and access to everything in the world on a device they hold in the palm of their hand.

Technology is powerful. But it can also be dangerous.

Here are 10 apps parents should look out for:

  1. Yellow – The app allows users to connect with a quick swipe. Once they’re connected, Yellow users can swap messages and even pictures — similar to the popular dating app Tinder. Except primarily teens are using it.
  2. Party in my Dorm – The description reads: “Join a club and find a party, or just chill and chat with cool girls and boys. You can be whoever you want as long as you like to have fun!” Police say a Parma teen who went missing earlier this year and was later found in Massachusetts was using this app to communicate with the man she was found with.
  3. Snapchat – The app is popular because you can send a photo that disappears after 10 seconds. But kids may not realize someone can screenshot the picture and keep it forever

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