Toxic Apps Launches YouTube Channel


You can now see the most popular teen apps in action.  The Toxic Apps YouTube channel gives parents a chance to see exactly how some apps work and the content their child is exposed to when using these apps.  The most graphic videos are edited to distort some of the subjects.  WARNING – several of the videos cover very graphic subjects (drugs, sex, etc.) and should not be viewed in the presence of minors.  Keep in mind that several videos are from apps that as supposedly ok for children 13 and older (if you choose to trust the terms of service provided by the developer).

Here is a link to the Toxic Apps YouTube Channel:


Barry Crutchfield, Toxic Apps, LLC


My name is Barry Crutchfield and I live in Austin Texas with my wife, three boys and a dog.  I am cofounder of Toxic Apps LLC, a company dedicated to keeping children safe in today’s digital world.  For more information please visit

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The descriptions of and warnings related to the various Apps discussed herein are based on opinions of Toxic Apps, LLC, and have been developed in a good-faith effort to educate parents of minors and to  define risks for children. Others may have wholly different opinions.


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“Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self expression,” said Instagram’s head of public policy, Nicky Jackson Colaco, in a statement to The Washington Post.

Instagram is the most popular photo sharing app in history and is an excellent place for your teen to begin using social media.  As a parent, I like Instagram for 7 specific reasons: Continue reading

Inspect What You Expect!

InspecSunday is Today!

I typically sit down Sunday mornings and spend some one-on-one time with my children’s devices.  In addition to my random spot-checks from time to time, I like to perform thorough inspections on a weekly basis.

My intention is NOT to catch them doing something prohibited, but rather to ensure their safety.  My family is all iOS and we use family share, so the possibility of them downloading a toxic app is very low since one parent must approve ALL apps before being downloaded on any of our children’s devices. Continue reading