How Parents Can Find Ghost Apps On Kids’ Phones


INVESTIGATORS SAY IT WAS NOW CARELESS SMOKING THAT IGNITED FLAMES, KILLING A WOMAN IN HER 60s. INVESTIGATORS SPENT MUCH OF THE DAY AT THE SCENE ON PARKER STREET. NEW TONIGHT AT 10:00, IT IS NOW EASIER THAN EVER FOR KIDS TO HIDE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS ON THEIR PHONE IN HOPES OF KEEPING THEM AWAY FROM THE PRYING EYES OF PARENTS. TONIGHT, KATHRYN HAUSER SHOWS US HOW TO FIND THOSE THE SO-CALLED GO STORE-BOUGHT APPS. Reporter: THEY ARE NO SECRET TO THESE KIDS. THERE’S A LOT OF KIDS THAT HAVE THEM, THEY ARE PRETTY EASY TO GET. Reporter: BUT MANY PARENTS MAY BE IN THE DARK. I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THOSE TYPES OF APPS. Reporter: THEY ARE APPS DESIGNED TO HIDE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS. HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS IN COLORADO WERE RECENTLY CAUGHT USING THE GHOST APP TO CONCEAL PHOTOS OF OTHER STUDENTS. THESE ARE APPS ARE READILY AVAILABLE, MOST ARE FREE. Reporter: SOME OF THE APPS ARE DISGUISED TO LOOK AT OUR — CALCULATORS, WITH NAMES LIKE HIGH CALCULATOR, OR CALCULATOR PLUS. USERS NEED A PASSWORD TO UNLOCK A SECRET FOLDER THAT CAN’T BE SEEN ANYWHERE ELSE ON THE PHONE. BUT THERE ARE WAYS FOR PARENTS TO STAY IN THE LOOP. IT IS REALLY EASY TO ACTUALLY MONITOR WHAT YOUR CHILD CAN AND CANNOT USE. Reporter: PARENTS CAN KEEP KIDS FROM DOWNLOADING APPS FROM A PHONE SETTINGS OR CALL YOUR SERVICE PROVIDER TO SET RESTRICTIONS ON SPECIFIC PHONE LINES. PARENTS NEED TO EDUCATE THEMSELVES. BE ONE STEP AHEAD. KNOW WHAT RESOURCES YOU HAVE AND KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PHONE. Reporter: IN A 2014 SURVEY, NEARLY ONE IN THREE TEENAGERS ADMITTED THEY USED TO SOCIAL

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