WASHINGTON (DC News Now) – The new app Saturn is the topic of conversation among some parents online. The app helps students to keep track of their class schedules and to connect with other students.
Chris Cullum said his daughter asked to sign up for the app, which is why he signed up around Aug. 9 to see how the app works. But after using it, he said he had some concerns about the app’s safety features.
“I was able to make a profile using just a number,” Cullum said.
He later made a social media post highlighting his concerns, which went viral in Arkansas and parts of the DMV.
“I was just a 41-year-old man using the Saturn app to gain access to 350 new friends,” he said in the post.
Following the viral post, the app updated their safety policies on Aug. 13 and then again on Aug. 17.
“Moving forward, if someone attempts to sign up as a student and our systems flag them as a potential non-student, we will force them to go through an enhanced verification flow, which includes school email verification,” the company said in a statement.
“It’s certainly encouraging that the app developer was able to make some changes to protect kids all over the nation,” Cullum said.
Cullum, who has a background in information technology, advised parents to “be intentional” with their kids’ online presence.