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Ghost apps or vault apps, are applications that look harmless but are designed to hide photos or other information. On TODAY Monday, experts explained how one app looks like a calculator, but when a password is entered, secret photos are revealed.
“Ghost apps, hidden apps, they’re everywhere and the kids know about them,” child Internet sex crimes investigator Mike Harris told TODAY. But many parents don’t.
In 2012, a study found that more than 70 percent of teens have hidden online activity from their parents. So what do experts recommend parents do to better monitor their kid’s activity?
- Check out new apps, especially those that have access to the phone’s camera.
- Look for redundancy, like two calculators on a phone.
- Use parental controls, so you know what is being downloaded onto the phone.
- Have a conversation with your teens and tweens about sexting.
TODAY has an associated video with additional information on this story.