Secret conversations mobile applications that can be used by children texts, images and videos to hide from prying eyes, drawing warnings and concerns of employees and parents.
Louisiana residents Kristin Pinsonat, a watchful eye on the phone keeping her son says she was surprised to find that Anthony, 16, had installed an application to hide files from his parents.
“They can do anything they want, and it's all locked with a passcode,” she said.
The issue frustrated Pinsonat, and her son admits that it wasn’t a bright move.
“Basically, I was hiding from my parents,” Anthony said. “And it was stupid, yeah.”
Applications are so popular, a county prosecutor in Alabama, Pamela Casey scored a video on Facebook to advise parents about the applications.
"I encourage you to look your son of the phone," he said. "If a child knows, many children know."
Dan Tynan, a Yahoo Editor in Chief Technology Magazine, said that the applications are similar to frequently used features like pocket calculators, but when users type a secret password, they have access to hidden files.
Adult children from using such applications to disable their ability to install applications without the consent of parents, Tynan said.
"The problem with these applications is that they allow children to hide their cyber lives from their parents," said Tynan, "and sometimes can hurt things hurt."