Minecraft is often described as a virtual version of LEGOS, but with various modes and chat features, there are some dangers parents and educators should be aware of. Learn how Minecraft works and how to make it safer for students in this app guide.
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Roblox, a user-generated online gaming platform, offers millions of games created by users. It’s targeted to kids ages 8+. This safety guide will help parents keep their students safe on Roblox.
Like most hobbies, playing videos games can be safe in moderation. However, younger students who have not yet developed the ability to self-regulate their behavior need guidance and support to develop those skills. Learn the negative effects of video games and how you can protect your children.
Parents: should you be following your kids on social media? The Smart Social team consulted with 24 experts and they all agree– yes! So how can parents keep their kids safe online and encourage good digital behavior without being too intrusive? Read our article to learn more.
Snapchat is extremely popular among teens. It’s also widely regarded as dangerous among law enforcement. Teens can have a lot of fun using the photo and video messaging app, but there are some major privacy and safety concerns we want parents to know about.
When parents set a positive example of online behaviors, have open discussions about the unrealistic standards social media can promote, and help students honor their accomplishments with gratitude, they can help their children avoid the negative effects of social media on mental health.
11 experts offer advice on how to combat unrealistic pressures and the fear of missing out that social media influencers create on teens and tweens.
MeWe is a social network marketed to users who want more privacy. MeWe says the company does not track user data to sell to third-parties or to use to target users with advertising content. While more privacy may be attractive for your students, the MeWe policies have left the door open for hate speech, pornography and illegal activities.
Instagram is one of the most popular apps for teens. The company claims more than 1 billion users worldwide are now logging on to share photos, videos, and stories. But is it safe? At Smart Social, we believe Instagram can have a positive impact on your student’s digital footprint, as long as they are using it responsibly.
Sometimes there are hidden apps on tween’s or teen’s phones. We show you a few simple steps you to find out if your kids are hiding apps from you.
OnlyFans is a website for adults where users post photos for other “fans” to view via a paywall. The site is popular among Instagram influencers, models, and celebrities for making money, but has become a hot spot for pornography and adult entertainers.
To help families prevent screen time addiction, depression, and other digital dangers during this difficult time, the Smart Social team reached out to experts for advice. Read 15 digital safety tips for families here.
The negative effects of social media on teens and tweens can be obvious for parents and educators, but there are rarely discussions about the positive impact of social media. Here are 22 ways social media can have a positive impact on students
Read the dangers every parent should know before giving their student an iPhone or Android and get SmartSocial.com’s recommendations for some safe device alternatives.
When parents or other caregivers have different screen time and social media rules, it can be confusing and frustrating- for the kids and for everyone else involved. We asked some parents and tech experts how spouses, exes, and other guardians can agree to set screen time, social media, and technology rules.
We asked 11 experts their tips and thoughts on how to teach teens to stop doomscrolling, look for the positives, and teach them to recognize the negative impacts of news and social media.
The dangers of sexting are vast and can truly damage a teen or tweens’ future. It’s important to have a talk early and as soon as your child has access to a smartphone or tablet.
The Among Us app is an online, multiplayer game that can be played with friends or strangers. It’s a social dedication game filled with teamwork, betrayal, and mild violence. There are some risks parents should know about for younger players.
Searching for someone on Google is now the norm, whether it’s for college admissions, a business deal, a job opportunity, or just basic information. Seven experts share how to improve personal Google search results so you can protect your reputation and land that future opportunity.
The Walkie Talkie app turns phones and tablets into a two-way radio for free. It sounds innocent enough, but there are some stranger dangers and privacy issues parents and educators should be aware of.