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Parental App Alert

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It's tough for parents to keep up with what their kids are doing on social media, especially with a growing number of smartphone apps attracting teens, tweens and child predators.

Most parents have a lot of investigating to do when it comes to what apps their kids are using, or at least know about.

And while the parents we spoke with hadn't a clue, their kids knew exactly what we were talking about.

The app Kik seems to be the most popular, and some would say the most dangerous.

It's a mini social network, that gives kids the ability to chat and message with their friends. The problem - there's no way to verify an identity on the web.

In three recent North Texas cases, police say suspected child predators have used it to contact their alleged victims.

Then there's Snapchat, which lets users send a picture to someone with a built-in timer. After 10 seconds or so, the picture is automatically deleted. The app has been labled one of the top apps for sexting.

Apps like Poof! make it especially hard - by making apps "disappear."

Kim Rocha of the Alliance for Children, a children's advocacy center in Tarrant County, stopped by FOX 4 to give some tips on keeping teens and tweens safe. She suggests parents go to www.netsmarts.org to learn about the latest online trends, and how to navigate them.

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