Similar to Snapchat, BurnNote is the texting equivalent to this popular photo sharing application which allows users to send temporary text messages that disappear after a short period of time. As innocent as this may seem, just like Snapchat, using this app comes with some hidden dangers that should concern parents.
Not So Good News
But knowing that their messages will be permanently deleted can lull some kids into a false sense of security. For some kids, they may be more apt to send inappropriate messages or share other types of dangerous information online if they believe it will disappear.
In the cases where the text is in fact permanently deleted, that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t shared or saved by dozens, hundreds or even thousands of other users. On the flipside, in the case of tragedies like cyberbullying and other online threats, there can be no evidence that these illegal (in most states) transgressions occurred in the first place.
Unlike Snapchat who denies users under the age of thirteen from user their services (although they can sign up anyway), there is no age restriction listed for BurnNote. Instead, their terms of service agreement simply offers, “You may not use the Services and may not accept the Terms if you are not of legal age to form a binding contract with BurnNote.”
This means that the user should be eighteen years of age to use their services, but young eyes may not see this letter of the law. This should be enough for parents to at least consider these types of temporary apps as being inappropriate for children and adolescents. Also, BurnNote messages can be sent to non-users through an email or text message and will appear as a link.
For more information on the hazards of BurnNote, check out their video, check out the following video from the folks at TeenSafe:
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