Courtesy of the Sarasota Sherrif’s Office


PLENTY OF FISH is a popular free dating app and website that encourages chatting with strangers. It allows users to browse profiles based on location.


MOCOSPACE is a free social networking and dating app feared towards African American and Latino communities. Users can connect with strangers worldwide via text messages or voice calls.


MEETME is a dating social media app that allows users to connect with people based on geographic proximity. As the app’s name suggests, users are encouraged to meet each other in person.


WHATSAPP is a popular messaging app that allows users to send texts, photos, voicemails, make calls and video chats worldwide. WHATSAPP uses an Internet connection on smart phones and computers.


BUMBLE is similar to the popular app “Tinder”. However, it requires women to make the first contact. Kids have been known to use BUMBLE to create fake accounts and falsify their age.


LIVE.ME is a live-streaming video app that uses geolocation to share videos so users can find out a broadcaster’s exact location. Users can earn “coins” as a way to “pay” minors for photos.


ASK.FM is known for cyber bullying. The app encourages users to allow anonymous people to ask them questions.


HILY is a dating app where users can browse photos, engage in chats, send private videos and more. Based on the GPS location of a mobile device, strangers can arrange to meet up locally.


BEST SECRET FOLDER is specifically meant to “hide photos and videos,” according to app store descriptions. It features password protection, decoy videos and alarm settings.


GRINDR is a dating app geared towards gay, bi and transgender people. The app gives users options to chat, share photos and meet up based on a smart phone’s GPS location.


TIKTOK is a new mobile device app popular with kids used for creating and sharing short videos. With very limited privacy controls, users are vulnerable to cyber bullying and explicit content.


SNAPCHAT is one of the most popular apps in recent years. While the app promises users cab take a photo/video and it will disappear, new features including “stories” allows users to view content for up to 24 hours. Snapchat also allows users to see your location.


HOLLA is a self-proclaimed “addicting” video chat app that allows users to meet people all over the world in just seconds. Reviewers say they have been confronted with racial slurs, explicit content, and more.


CALCULATOR% is only one of SEVERAL secret apps used to hide photos, videos, files and browser history.


ZOOSK is a location-based dating app and website similar to many others. The app is available in 80 countries and utilizes a “carousel” feature which matches users with random strangers.


MONKEY is a live video chat app that connects users to random strangers worldwide, offering group chat and private message options. It claims to be rated for ages 12 and up but has “mild sexual content and nudity.”


SKOUT is a location-based dating app and website. While users under 17 years old are unable to share private photos, kids can easily create an account using a different age.


BADOO is a dating and social networking app where users can chat, share photos and videos and connect based on location. While the app is intended for adults only, teens are known to create profiles.


KIK allows anyone to contact and direct message your child. Kids can bypass traditional text messaging features. KIK gives users unlimited access to anyone, anywhere, anytime.


WHISPER is an anonymous social network that promotes sharing secrets with strangers. It also reveals a user’s location so people can meet up.


HOT OR NOT encourages users to rate your profile, check out people in their area, and chat with strangers. The goal of this app is to hook up.


For more information, contact Sarasota County Sherrif’s Office Community Affairs at 941.861.4005