Be Careful with "Best Apps" or "Top Apps" Lists

Feb 14, 2013

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Parents should review the results of any "Top Apps" or "Best Apps" lists before installing apps. Even if the source is reputable, vendors and providers may not have your child's best interests in mind.

For example, Verizon introduced a pair of online tools recently:

Top 20 Must-Have Appsmobile apps 300

Wikipedia is one of the Top 20 must-have apps.  It's a common fact that Wikipedia has pornography pages. We recommend blocking this app. To do that, you can use Net Nanny for Android. And if your child browses the Internet to Wikipedia, Net Nanny for Android will filter those pages as well.

Also, Netflix is a recommended app, but Netflix can contain mature video content.  Block that app if you're worried about your child viewing mature videos.

Android App Reviews

This Verizon site only looks at app battery use, app security, and app data usage.  There's no mention of the type of content for these apps. Be careful before installing these apps, until you've had a chance to review.

Vendors and providers may not have your child's best interests in mind when publishing lists of popular apps.  You ultimately have to take a few minutes to review them.

I work for Net Nanny and all opinions expressed are my own.