An FYI to
parents about one of the latest apps children may be tempted to use. The
following information is found on this link which also highlights the potential
risk of other apps.
do Parents Need to Know About the Melon App?
Privacy. The app pairs you with other users based solely on
your age and gender. Once you create an account, you are automatically connected
with another user via video. There is an option to direct message users so
the video chat does not have to be used. The location feature can remain off
but there is an option to enter your location under your profile; this is often
used since part of the draw is you can “make friends all over the world!”
threats, and violence. Without any sort of real filtering
possible on the front end of video chatting and because users control their own
video feed, the abundance of cruel and unusual behaviour is prevalent and
difficult to manage. Abuse and misuse can be reported, but only after the fact.
content. All anonymous video-sharing apps bring with them the
risk of seeing inappropriate things. Some have compared this app to a
cross between Omegle and Tinder without
the dating aspect, but the stage is set perfectly for questionable hook-ups to
Melon App Bottom Line: