Description: Telegram Messenger is a cloud-based communication app usable across all devices; it allows users to send pics, videos, stickers, texts, and other files completely free. Your phone number is required for setup (similar to WhatsApp) but there is also the option of creating a username which is totally public and can be searched by anyone. The app is touted as being extremely secure because of its end-to-end encryption option that can be turned on, allowing users to feel much safer about sending private messages. Under the app’s general question section, users can “created groups for up to 50,000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences.”
Corporate website: https://telegram.org/
Category: Social Networking
APP Store rating: 4+
This graphic from their website explains its features, which we elaborate on below:
(Items circled in red are of particular interest to teens.)
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This app isn’t meant for teens. If your teen uses this, it should be with no usernames and just between family members and trusted friends; however, this app makes these details difficult to monitor and enforce.
The app was clearly created for adult interaction. The secretive nature of this app lends itself to inappropriate and questionable content sharing and behavior. The ability to connect with total strangers with the added option for secret environments and conversations is extremely risky and problematic for teens.
Are you curious how to find apps that might be hidden on your child’s phone? Here’s how to discover if Telegram Messenger might be hiding somewhere on your child’s smart device: