There are a lot of popular smartphone apps that allow users to livestream to strangers or communicate anonymously. Is your teen using one of them?
The Facebook Research App, recently banned from iOS, gave participants $20 a month in exchange for root access to their smartphone and its usage data.
In the days before smartphones, dating apps, and constant internet connectivity, teenage couples would meet each other at school or through their friends, and communicate with each other primarily through phone calls (and maybe a few secret notes passed in class).
In 2016, Influence Central reported that the average age kids get a smartphone is 10 years old. This age continues to drop as more parents are purchasing internet-connected mobile devices for their children: Common Sense Media found that 42 percent of American children ages 8 and younger now have their own tablet.