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321chatTeen chat room website, aimed specicially at teenagers.MESSAGING
4ChanAn anonymous message board and content hosting platform. Often associated with "Trolling".
AgentAgent Chat and video calls is like most other instant messaging sites and allows the user to send messages, pictures and documents to contacts.
A recent report in Cheshire highlights this site being used for uploading videos of sexual acts being performed by what appear to be minors.
Also messages were being exchanged in relation to possible availability of underage females.
AirdropPopular file sharing app that lets users transfer files to different devices via wi-fi. Is available on Andriod and Apple products. Has been seen recently in incidents whereby teens have used it to securely send self-generated indecent images to each other.
AminoAMINO - COMMUNITIES, CHAT, FORUMS, AND GROUPS is an app that lets users access and contribute to communities about a range of subjects, including bands, books, genres, and activities. ... When you tap a community, you can view its description, community guidelines, and the number of registered users in that group. There are risks as there is a chat facility and obviously would be an ideal platform for grooming to take place.MESSAGING
Animal JamOnline children's game that has over 70 million registered players. Animal Jam takes place in a fictional area known as Jamaa, containing various biomes and cartoon player-created animals. Players can create an animal with an anonymous 3-part name, such as "Crashing Magicshark", dress it up with virtual clothing, and control it in the gameplay environment. The game also contains a private chat area where players can communicate with one another.GAMING
8 is a Q&A-based site (and app) that lets users take questions from their followers, and then answer them one at a time, any time they want. In any case, it gives youngsters another reason to talk about themselves other than in the comment section of their own selfies. Although may not be as huge as Instagram or Snapchat, it's a big one to watch, for sure. With such a big interest from youngsters, it absolutely has the potential to become the go-to place for Q&A content.MESSAGING
BadooBadoo is a dating-focused social networking service, founded in 2006 and headquarters in Soho, London. Like many other social network sites, you have several options to filter through interests and types to find someone to befriend, date or chat with on Badoo. The advanced filter allows you to pick a range of ages and distances from where you live. Badoo performs well at finding people for you to connect with locally. On the advanced filter, you can look for more specific traits like body type, kids, education and star sign.DATING
BattlenetA messaging system connecting users of World of Warcraft and other content created by Blizzard. Users details are tied to their own individual account which is also used to log into these
BBMBlackBerry’s BBM is an instant messaging app. You have your own unique 4 digit PIN and other people can only add you as a contact using this. As well as instant messaging, you can have group chats, voice calls and share voice notes and pictures.MESSAGING
BigoBIGO LIVE is a live video streaming app for iOS and Android developed by BIGO TECHNOLOGY PTE. LTD in Singapore. It allows users to live stream anytime and anywhere with their mobile phones. And people can follow other users and send digital gifts to other users.MESSAGING
Bin WeevilsBin Weevils is an online virtual world where you can play free online games, chat with friends, adopt a virtual pet, grow your own garden and watch cartoons. You can send messages to other players in the game.GAMING
BlendrBlendr is a geosocial networking application and social discovery platform - basically, a dating site - for Android, the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Facebook. It's designed to connect likeminded people within close proximity. Blendr is made by the creator of Grindr and is powered by Badoo.DATING
BobbinAnonymous messaging app that enables you to have private conversations and exchanges images between different users.MESSAGING
Boom BeachBoom Beach is a game where players free enslaved islanders and unlock secrets. You can play on your own or team up with players around the world.GAMING
BoyAhoyDating app aimed specifically at gay men. Chat, flirt, meet and date fellow homosexual males. The app has chat and photo sharing features.DATING
BumbleBumble is a location-based social and dating application which facilitates communication between interested users. In heterosexual matches, the app permits only women to start a chat with their male matches, while in same-sex matches either party can message first, though all free users must reply to messages within 24 hours or the match disappears.DATING
Burn NoteBurn Note is a messaging app that erases messages after a set period of time. Unlike many other apps of this sort, it limits itself to text messages; users cannot send pictures or video. That may reduce issues such as sexting -- but words can hurt, too.MESSAGING
Cake1-on-1 live video chat and streaming to all your friends and fans. Discover, flirt and Video chat with new friends from around the world. With a single button press, you are secretly connected with and ladies and guys from around the globe. MESSAGING
Call of Duty: Black Ops ZombiesCall of Duty: Black Ops Zombies is a game where players fight against zombies in a 50-level zombie gauntlet. Players can battle alone or in teams of up to 4.GAMING
ChaChaChat app that enables you to communicate with random matches. Like Omegle but for mobile, ChaCha enables you to random video chat with strangers around the world. Meet people in 69 different countries, across 5 different continents. MESSAGING
Chat AvenueAdvertised as the largest 'cool tean chat rooms' on the web.MESSAGING
Chat GumMessaging app designed for chatting and meeting new friends. The community also contains topic specific chat rooms. Every message you send to the chat room will be read by the group currently online in the room. For a more personal touch, you can send a private message.MESSAGING
Chat HourVirtual place chat website and app. A short excerpt from the official wesbite states "Adult Chat Looking for a virtual fling? It's time to be flirty and have a sexy adult chat. All chatters must be 18 or over." However, there have been examples of adults using the chat rooms to exchange indecent images of children.MESSAGING
ChatIMInstant messaging app available on the Android platform. The app supports one to one and group messaging. The app has the functionality to send images, files, GPRS, stickers and emoticons.MESSAGING
Chat IwFree chat rooms without registration. Online chat which provides its users maximum functionality to simplify the search for contacts and discussions in real time. Allows you to find your soul mate and build relationships quickly with single women and men. There’s the possibility to interrupt a discussion group at any time to start a private conversation.MESSAGING
ChatousSimilar to Omegel, Chatous is an app that enables you to start chats with strangers from around the world. You can engage in converstaions and share photos, videos and audio messages. MESSAGING
ChatrouletteChatroulette is a website which lets you talk to another person anywhere in the world. When you go onto the site, Chatroulette connects you to someone at random. You can talk to people via video or text.
Unknown data sharing protocol at present – contact SPoC so information can be obtained prior to submitting an application.
ChatStepChatStep is a secure, private and web based disposable chat room. ChatStep is incredibly easy to use. You can create a room from the home page by typing in any name you like, then your nickname, and an optional password. Then, simply send your friends the room name and they can join up. When you leave, everything is deleted from the servers. Similar to CryptoCat, ChatStep doesn't log messages, images, or user information.MESSAGING
Clash of ClansClash of Clans is a combat game where players build their own armies (clans) and battle against other armies from around the world. You can join forces with other armies or simply battle against others on your own.
Unknown data sharing protocol at present – contact SPoC so information can be obtained prior to submitting an application.
Club PenguinClub Penguin is an online multiplayer game where you can explore a virtual world using a cartoon penguin character. You can also talk to other players.
Unknown data sharing protocol at present – contact SPoC so information can be obtained prior to submitting an application.
CryptocatCryptocat is an open source desktop application intended to allow encrypted online chatting available for Windows, OS X, and Linux.[2] It uses end-to-end encryption to secure all communications to other Cryptocat users. Cryptocat allows its users to set up end-to-end encrypted chat conversations. Users can exchange one-to-one messages, encrypted files, photos as well as create and share audio/video recordings. All devices linked to Cryptocat accounts will receive forward secure messages, even when offline.MESSAGING
CurseCombines instant messaging and content hosting. Made popular since the integration with games such as MineCraft, League of Legends, and World of
Cyber DustEnd to end encrypted messaging app. Not only are the messages locked away and inaccessible even to Cyber Dust but, similar to Snaps on Snapchat, they are also deleted from the users' device immediately after they have been read.MESSAGING
DeviantArtDeviantArt is an online community where you can post your art and comment on other people’s work.
DiscordA Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) and messaging program popular with gamers. Clients connect via their own account and can post media content in additon to communicating with other members. A server can be set up by anyone for free and is persistent after all clients have logged out.MESSAGING
DisqusDisqus is a worldwide blog comment hosting service for web sites and online communities that uses a networked platform. The company's platform includes various features, such as social integration, social networking, user profiles, spam and moderation tools, analytics, email notifications, and mobile commenting.MESSAGING
Dot429Dot429 is a professional community designed for the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community and those who support them. The site provides a variety of content, including updates on issues and stories related to the LGBTA community.
Double DogDouble Dog is the social gaming app that lets users to send and accept dares with the chance to win real money. Friends will dare users to do harmless and funny things, with the user sharing the video or photo of them doing said dare and even making some money off it if they are lucky.GAMING
DownOriginally titled Bang With Friends, Down is a dating app. Like Tinder, it's easy to set up, and asks you to swipe through profiles to find matches for date or just sex. But whereas Tinder helps you find people hook up with in your area, this time the candidates aren't nearby strangers; they are people you are friends with on Facebook.DATING
DubsmashDubsmash is an app which lets you create your own music videos dubbed with famous sounds and quotes. Once you've finished you can share the video with your friends or with people from around the world.
FabguysOnline dating website for gay men. Provides features where gay men can chat, flirt, exchange images and arrange meetings.DATING
FacebookFacebook is the most popular social network on the web today. Facebook’s user base consists of more than 500 million individuals. The site offers up everything social networking users want, including status updates, wall posts and private messages.
Facebook MessengerFacebook Messenger is an app which allows users to communicate with their friends from either their Facebook account, or their phonebook. Users can instant message, create group chats, share photos and videos, record voice messages, have live video chats, or simply talk to their friends and family.MESSAGING
FarmVilleFarmVille is a farming simulation social network game developed by Zynga in 2009. It is similar to Happy Farm, Farm Town, and video games such as the Story of Seasons series. Its gameplay involves various aspects of farm management such as plowing land, planting, growing, and harvesting crops, harvesting trees and raising livestock. You can create avatars of characters and have private chats with fellow gamers.GAMING
FlickrFlickr is an image hosting and video hosting website and web services suite that was created by Ludicorp in 2004 and acquired by Yahoo on March 20, 2005. In addition to being a popular website for users to share and embed personal photographs, and effectively an online community, the service is widely used by photo researchers and by bloggers to host images that they embed in blogs and social media.
FMyLifeFMyLife is an online community where you can post a short caption about an unfortunate incident that has happened during your day. The caption usually starts with “today…” and ends with “FML”. You can also comment on other people’s stories.MESSAGING
Football Manager 2018Football Management simulation video game developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. Game contains online chat features and that have been exploited by offenders whereby they have initiated communication with children in an attempt to groom and abuse them. GAMING
FoursquareFoursquare is a local search-and-discovery service mobile app which provides search results for its users. The app provides personalized recommendations of places to go to near a user's current location based on users' "previous browsing history, purchases, or check-in history".
FriendLifeFriendLife is a social network where you can broadcast live video, share photos and chat with new friends and get followers. It contains a private messaging feature and also enables you to earn money. It is completely free to download.
FurryMateFurryMate is an online furry social networking and online dating service. To effectively use FurryMate's features, users must subscribe to the service and pay a monthly membership fee. Non-paying users are severely limited in that they may send messages yet cannot read any received messages.DATING
FuzzFuzz is world’s first Gay Men Video Chat and Live Streaming Network.
Flirt, meet and video chat with SEXY GUYS for free! Fuzz has someone for everyone. No matter what you’re looking for: relationship, friends, play, dates, love… you can find it LIVE on Fuzz!
GaydarGaydar is a worldwide, profile-based dating website for gay and bisexual men, women and couples over the age of 18. Although many of the individual profiles are publicly accessible on the Internet, to gain more functionality and interact with other users, a registration is required and a guest profile must be created.DATING
Google HangoutsGoogle Hangouts is a computer programme and app that lets you video call, phone or message other users. You can either speak to one person at a time or have group conversationsMESSAGING
Google+Google Plus is Google’s take on the social network concept. The application is intended to provide users with a number of improved social networking features. Users will be able to create Circles that can be used to organize their contact list. Circles, which are essentially social circles, allow users to separate friends, family and coworkers however they like. Members of one circle cannot view the members added to another circle on the user’s profile, creating a much needed separation of interests.
GrindrGrindr is a geosocial networking app geared towards gay and bisexual men, designed to help such men meet other men in their area. It runs on iOS and Android. Available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play, Grindr comes in both free and subscription-based versions (the latter called Grindr Xtra). The app makes use of mobile devices' geolocation, a feature of smart phones and other devices which allows users to locate other men who are nearby. This is accomplished through a user interface that displays a grid of representative photos of men, arranged from nearest to farthest away. Tapping on a picture will display a brief profile for that user, as well as the option to chat, send pictures, and share one's location.DATING
GroupMeGroupMe is another app that doesn't charge fees or have limits for direct and group messages. Users can also send photos, videos, and calendar links.MESSAGING
GROWLrGROWLr is a social networking and dating app targeted at Gay men. With over 8,000,000 GROWLr members, you can view profiles from around the world or right in your own neighborhood. Send and receive private messages, pictures, or voice memos. Complete and up-to-date bear run and bear bar listings.DATING
Guy SpyFree gay dating and video chat app available on abdroid, iPhone and windows mobile.
Habbo HotelHabbo Hotel is a social network site where you can communicate and interact in a virtual hotel. You can create your own characters, design hotel rooms, and talk to other players. You can also chat in the public rooms, which can be used by anyone. If you want to chat privately to someone you can create a guest room.GAMING
HitweHitwe is the first social discovery where you can easily find perfect matches and chat with people you like in just a few seconds. Hitwe is an awesome app to meet new people, discover who is interested in you and who likes you. It's so easy to get acquainted with someone you find interesting and attractive.MESSAGING
HollaHOLLA (formerly known as ChaCha) is the best random video chat where you can meet fun and interesting people from all over the world in seconds! With one tap, you are matched with someone to start a video chat. MESSAGING
HookedUpHooked up has been marketed as one of the best apps on the marker for casual sexual encounters and 'hook ups' and a social meeting platform through which you can connect, meet and date people who have similar interests.DATING
HornetHornet is a free gay chat that connects guys worldwide.DATING
Hot or NotHot or Not is a rating site that allows users to rate the attractiveness of photos submitted voluntarily by others. The site offers a matchmaking engine called 'Meet Me' and an extended profile feature called "Hotlists".DATING
House PartyReplaced the now defunct 'Meerkat'. It’s an app for video chatting with friends that the company is calling a "synchronous social network" — a place to be together even when you’re apart.
HuggleHuggle is a location-based social application which connects users based on commonality of places they frequent. Users can only message each other if they have at least one place in common. Huggle uses Facebook, Foursquare, and Instagram to build a user profile with photos, basic information and a list of favourite places. New places automatically add to this list when the user visits them in real life. This list can be edited at any time, and users can delete places or make them private.DATING
ICQThis is a new app with an age rating as low as 4 where young people can connect with almost anyone. The app boast’s its ‘very friendly video chat interface’ and ‘unlimited international chat rooms and channels.’ While this app claims to have a secure network and manageable privacy features it also comes with its risks. You can video call using ‘masks’ where what you’re seeing may not be who you’re talking too, also the fact anyone from anywhere in the world could use this app to connect with your nearest and dearest and not always for the nicest of reasons. MESSAGING
IMVUCreate your own avatar and play in a 3D virtual world. IMVU is the #1 avatar-based social experience with the largest 3D catalog to customize your look and meet others. Join millions of others for free.GAMING
InstagramInstagram lets users snap, edit, and share photos and 15-second videos, either publicly or with a private network of followers. It unites the most popular features of social media sites: sharing, seeing, and commenting on photos. It also lets you apply fun filters and effects to your photos, making them look high-quality and artistic.
InstaMessageInstMessage allows you to chat privately to other people on Instagram. You can chat with friends, or any other Instagram users - it also tells you if there are other Instagram users nearby.MESSAGING
Jack'dJack'd is a location-based chat and dating app catering to gay men. It is available for Android, iPhone, and Windows phones. Jack’d launched in 2010 and has 5 million users around the world. Like a lot of dating apps, Jack’d has a free version and a paid version. With a free membership, users are limited in how many profiles they can view each day. They can message people without already “matching,” or they can wait until a match is established and then start a conversation.DATING
KamStarPowered by VivaVideo Team, KamStar has its unique way to make your own lively lip sync musical video or dubbing movie clips from your favorite songs or TV shows with magical real-time visual effects. Different from, Dubsmash, Funimate, Flipagram, Snapchat or Triller, KamStar owns some of the best effects and fun filters, which can help you get more followers & likes in your video community.
KeekKeek is a free online social networking service that allows its users to upload video status updates, which are called "keeks". Users can post keeks to the Keek website using a webcam or via the Keek mobile apps for iPhone, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, or Android. Users can also reply back with text or video comments, known as "keekbacks", and share content to other major social media networks. There is also an embed option so users can embed their keeks into a blog or website.
Kik MessengerKik Messenger is an app that lets kids text for free. It's fast and has no message limits, character limits, or fees if you only use the basic features. Because it's an app, the texts won't show up on your kid's phone's messaging service, and you're not charged for them (beyond standard data rates).MESSAGING
Kiss ChatWebsite which hosts several free online chat rooms. It has been encountered within investigations in Wales where Paedophile Hunters have communicated with people attempting to groom children.MESSAGING
KiwiKiwi is a fast and easy way to ask your friends interesting questions and find out what they think. Features: • Answer questions about yourself and share your thoughts with the world • Follow your friends and interesting personalities to create a personalized feed • Share your profile to gain a following.
KK FriendsKK Friends aka Kik Friends. Find new Kik Friends and start chatting immediately! With KK Friends you can search for specific Ages, Genders and Sexual Orientations. Just set up your profile and make new friends for Kik in seconds. You don't even need to copy / paste Kik Usernames, all you have to do is one swipe up and a new Kik Messenger Conversation with your new Kik Friend will open.MESSAGING
LineA multifaceted text, video, and voice-messaging app that also integrates social media elements such as games and group chats. Teens are drawn to Line not only because it's a bit of an all-in-one mobile hub but also because it offers a lot of of teen-friendly elements, such as a selection of over 10,000 stickers and wacky emoticons, as well as Line Play, an avatar-based social network. The free texting and video calls don't hurt, either. MESSAGING
81 – Live Video Streaming poses all of the same risks that all live streaming services do, so poor choices, oversharing, and chatting with strangers are all a part of the package.
82 - Live Video Streaming App! Broadcast, Chat, Share, Follow and be a Star! is a tool for broadcasting live-streaming videos and watching others' videos. The terms of use specify that users be at least 18 or have parental permission to use the tool, but tweens and young teens are broadcasting.
Live Camera ViewerDownload free Live Camera Viewer for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Windows - live security camera video streaming app to view and control thousands of real time public CCTV web cameras, security video cameras, webcams, live cams, public and private IP cameras, surveillance web cameras around the world right from your phone or tablet.
Live ChatMeet people around the world with just one swipe. LiveChat connects the world for you. Nothing is more fun than meeting new people from different countries and exploring the world at your home. Want to meet new people from other countries? Practice your English? Learn foreign languages with people all over the world? LiveChat can do all these for you, and for FREE!MESSAGING
Lovoo"LOVOO is the place for chatting and getting to know people. Discover people nearby on the Radar, find new friends, or the love of your life". It has chat facilities and a radar based on your geo-location enabling you to chat to people nearby.DATING
MediumMedium is an online publishing platform developed by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, and launched in August 2012. It is legally owned by A Medium Corporation. The platform is an example of evolved social journalism, having a hybrid collection of amateur and professional people and publications, or exclusive blogs or publishers on Medium and is regularly regarded as a blog host.
Meet4UMeet4U is a free, fast and convenient messenger: you can send your text messages for free to lonely women and men, send voice and video messages in chats, draw something, send gifts, make photos and choose pictures from the gallery and share your photos with singles.DATING
MeetMeMeetMe, formerly MyYearbook, is a social media site primarily aimed towards teens. It features many activities which help teens make friends and meet people. It even helps with the teen dating seen, as it allows teens to secretly admire one another. If two people secretly admire each other it will send them a message congratulating them and encouraging them to hold a conversation. MeetMe also has a virtual economy called “LunchMoney” which users can spend on virtual gifts, stickers, charitable donations and more. DATING
MeetUpMeetup is an online social networking portal that facilitates offline group meetings in various localities around the world. Meetup allows members to find and join groups unified by a common interest, such as politics, books, games, movies, health, pets, careers or hobbies.DATING
MelonMelon is a new video messaging and chat app that enables you to have video chats with new friends. MESSAGING
Meow ChatMeow Chat is a social network that allows you to have chats with strangers in a public chat room, with the option to then move into a private conversation, or to chat with other people based on their location.MESSAGING
MinecraftMinecraft is a game that lets you build and create a virtual world using building blocks. Other activities include using the multiplayer function to explore the worlds created by other users and to combat, chat and play with them.GAMING
MiniclipMiniclip is an online gaming website. You can compete and play against other people and even create your own game players page with statistics. You can instant message people and comment on the games on Miniclip.GAMING
MocoChat App that enables you to chat with millions of people nearby or around the world, make new friends, be social, flirt, play games and more, for all free. Join hundreds of chat rooms and forums, or start your own 1-1 or group chats, including free unlimited voice message. Search by age, gender, location or sexual preference.DATING
MonkeyAn app that enables you to have Facetime with random strangers. Once you register for the Monkey App, you verify your phone number, age, Snapchat name and whether you are male or female – it then asks you to allow access to your contacts. Once this is done, ‘Monkey’ will try to connect you with people from across the world of a similar age. Once connected both users have to ‘add time’ to continue with the FaceTime, otherwise the chat will disconnect. When FaceTime has been enabled there’s an option onscreen to add the person as a friend on Snapchat. MESSAGING
Moshi MonstersMoshi Monsters is an online game where you can adopt and look after a pet monster. You can use your pet monster to make your way through different challenges and games.GAMING
MovieStarPlanetMovieStarPlanet is an online game. You can create a famous movie star character to talk to others in the chat room, play games and watch videos.GAMING
Mr Creepy PastaCreepypastas are horror-related legends or images that have been copy-and-pasted around the Internet. These Internet entries are often brief, user-generated, paranormal stories intended to scare readers. They include gruesome tales of murder, suicide, and otherworldly occurrences.
MumbleA Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) program popular with gamers. A server can be rented via the website or set up privately by a
100 – Your Music Video Community is a performance and video sharing social network that mostly features teens lip syncing and to famous songs but also includes some original songwriting and singing. Musers, as devoted users are called, can build up a following among friends or share posts publicly.
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