If you don’t use a healthy amount of caution when it comes to what images you put out there for the world to see online and on social media, then you can begin to develop a negative digital footprint. In this post, learn how to build positive image search results.
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In this episode, Josh Ochs sat down with a high school student named Carson Magee who raises awareness for students with Type 1 diabetes. Learn how Carson uses social media and positive online content to raise awareness for his cause.
13 Reasons Why is a Netflix series based on a 2007 novel, by the same name, that depicts suicide in a graphic manner and is incredibly popular with teens. Many educators and psychologists have raised concerns that the show may serve as a trigger for self-injury among vulnerable students.
In this Parent University member newsletter we talk about an app that has double the amount of daily users as Snapchat (hint: it’s not Instagram), how Snapchat is rolling back on their redesign (and how it affects families), how a 9 year old’s Instagram got her mother fired, and more.
Fortnite is a very popular game that was released in 2017. There are 2 different versions of the game; Fortnite: Save the World and Fortnite: Battle Royale. Fortnite: Battle Royale is the version that is really popular with students. Learn how to keep your children safe if they play Fortnite.
Life360 Family Locator is a real time location-sharing app that uses GPS location data to report the location of users. Users create geofences around their home, and other frequently visited destinations. If your family uses the app, be aware that your children can start sharing their location with their friends.
The deodorant challenge is the latest teen viral trend. To participate, students spray their bare skin (or someone else’s) with aerosol deodorant for as long as they can stand it. The challenge is painful, can have a lasting impact, causes scarring, and is causing some teens to be hospitalized.
The Slender Man is a fictional character who originated from a viral internet meme. The character is portrayed as a tall, thin, and faceless man in a black suite who goes around traumatizing people. Although he is fictitious, the Slender Man is causing teens to act dangerously.
There have been a lot of digital safety updates in the news. In this Parent University member newsletter we talk about keeping students safe on Fortnite: Battle Royale, the new social media challenge that has teens snorting things up their nose, what Snapchat updated this week, and more.
The condom snorting challenge is a viral trend where teens post a video of themselves snorting a condom through their nose and pulling it out of their mouth. While this may sound like a joke, teens have been doing this challenge since 2007. Learn how to keep students safe.
Josh sat down with high school students from Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science. In these episodes we discuss when students should get a phone, how students can work with their parents to solve their own problems, how students can use Snapchat safely, and how students can respond to bullying.
In this Parent University member newsletter we talk about why a teenager was charged for bullying others on Snapchat this week, what parents need to know about the new Instagram and Snapchat updates, how families can protect themselves from data breaches, the negative effects of social media, and more.
Everyone has online results that create a footprint when someone searches for them online. This online footprint can shape your reputation—and your college opportunities—in ways you might not anticipate (until it’s too late). Learn how to ensure your digital footprint is Light, Bright & Polite™.
Josh sat down with a Parent University subscriber and a digital safety expert based in Sydney, Australia. In this podcast episode, learn how to keep your children safe online, how to talk about cyberbullying, the importance of education with communication, and communication tips to help start the conversation.
In order for social media to be used in a positive way it’s imperative that parents teach students about the effects of social media. So, we asked 5 experts to share some of the negative effects of social media and tips for having a healthy relationship with technology.
Our team is launching an anti bullying curriculum that schools and parents can use to protect students. This campaign will be a part of our Parent University program and will allow schools to educate parents and students on bullying prevention (and help correct an incident as it happens).
In this podcast, Josh sat down with Mona Merlo who is the principal of SATO Academy. They discussed digital safety topics kids struggle with, like the number of hours kids are spending on social media, things bullies say, what “just kidding” means to kids, and tips for parents when it comes to balancing screen time.
Do you have children that are in middle or high school? What preparations are you doing for their college application? In this podcast episode, we sat down with Neha Gupta who is the Founder & CEO of College Shortcuts to talk about the preparing for college in high school.
In this episode, Josh sat down with Alon Shwartz, Founder of the unGlue app. unGlue is an app that motivates your kids to know when too much screen time is happening. Alon and Josh spoke about screen time addiction, tips on how to manage screen time, and the app unGlue.
The SayAt.Me app is an anonymous website and app where users gather feedback from others. SayAt.Me encourages users to compare their self-image to other people’s opinions which can be damaging to a developing tween or teen which is one of the reasons why this app is in our Red Zone.