An Alabama mother was horrified by what she found on her child’s phone. She wants to warn other parents of a seemingly innocent-looking app.
KOLD 13 News reports, Kristen Strickland said, like every teenager, her kids are always on their phones. She said they’re good kids, and in the past, she has been guilty of not checking their devices all the time.
Reports show Strickland said she found an app called Monkey on her child’s phone.
After thinking it was just a game, she signed into the app giving access to location, camera, age, gender, and her social media accounts.
Strickland said after she got in, she said the app allows you to video chat.
According to KOLD 13 News, Strickland said some of the users she saw looked underage, and some of the content was suggestive, inappropriate, and provocative.
She has since deleted the app and reported it to law enforcement.
“Predators are out there preying on our weaknesses. And our weaknesses as parents is that we have let social media take over watching our children,” said Strickland. “They are being exposed to things that we don’t know. And while we have our faces turned away, these predators have found a way in.”
According to Monkey app, their site stated, “We have a zero-tolerance policy for cyberbullying and threats. We take extraordinary steps to keep our community safe.”