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Parents Warned About Kids' Smartphone Apps

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LAS VEGAS - If you own a smart phone, you probably have a lot of apps, but do you know enough about the apps your kids are using? 8 on Your Side uncovered some that may be covering your kids' tracks or exposing them to strangers.

It's hard to keep up with smart phone apps that are popular with kids these days. If you think your kids are just using apps like Facebook and Twitter, think again.

A group called Common Sense Media is helping parents by reviewing apps that are popular with kids of all ages. A few, such as Oink Text, are raising eyebrows.

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Oink Text is a texting app. Your teens can use it to text people without you knowing about it, but that's not the only concern according to Common Sense Media.

Oink Text also includes a plug-in called Kik. Once you activate it, it exposes your texts to strangers. You can chat with anyone.

Another popular app is Snapchat. With this app, you take a picture and send it to a friend who has up to 10 seconds to view it before it disappears.

According to Snapchat's privacy statement, the company warns users it can't guarantee messages will be deleted. That's because users can capture a photo before it vanishes by taking a screen shot. The fear is kids are using the app to send sexy photos.

Snapchat makers say they are trying to do a better job of educating users and parents about the app. They say it was designed to promote authentic and transparent communication and that their service is not about privacy per se. They say whenever a screenshot is taken, a user is notified.

Makers of Oink Text, meanwhile, could not be reached for comment.

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