New app, being used by kids, allows other users to track them by GPS

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A new app catered to children four and up is raising concerns among parents.

Mappen, short for “make it happen,” tracks user’s locations so friends can see where they are if  they want to meet up. Cybersecurity experts warn that can be dangerous and lead to predatory behavior.

Mappen essentially shows your child’s every move because of a GPS tracking feature that shows exactly where they are. Cybersecurity experts warn that can be dangerous and lead to predatory behavior.

“I don’t really know how you would protect yourself other than by not downloading the app in the first place,” says Sean Phillips, Greycastle Security. “If you can just as easily message them on Facebook or find them on Instagram or just text them, that might be not as popular, it might be the safer way to go.”

A strong statement made by the cybersecurity expert at Greycastle Security. Phillips suggests finding other communication alternatives.

“If you can just as easily message them on Facebook or find them on Instagram or just text them, that might be not as popular, it might be the safer way to go,” adds Phillips.

The best way to protect your child is to monitor their online activity and research new apps before allowing them to use it.

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