“Parents are empowered with rating information to keep kids out of R rated films, but when it comes to apps, parents are left in the dark about the kind of content their children are accessing,” said Dawn Hawkins, Executive Director at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “Apps in the Apple and Google app stores are not held to any kind of third-party accountability to adhere to a consistent rating system.”
“As a result, social media apps like Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and Facebook, all rated 12+ in Apple's App Store, are hot spots for bullying, grooming, advertising sex-trafficked child and adult victims, glamorized self-harm content, pornography, the buying and selling of illegal drugs, and sextortion. Hashtags make harmful content easy for anyone to discover, regardless of privacy settings. In fact just today a man was sentenced to prison for using Facebook to facilitate sex trafficking of a 15-year-old.”
“It’s our societal duty to protect kids online, and that starts with properly warning parents about the risks associated with certain apps and giving parents more parental controls options,” said Chris McKenna, Founder of Protect Young Eyes. “Parents often depend on parental controls provided by Apple or Google that prevent downloading apps with certain mature ratings. But, when apps are rated inaccurately and app descriptions aren’t fully transparent, parents are being deceived into thinking they’re preventing sexually explicit and dangerous content when in fact, they aren’t.”
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