As parents and educators, we know that screen time can be a double edge sword. So, how can we teach students to use screen time productively while setting limits on screen time that has no value? In this blog post, experts share their best tips.
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Instagram is one of the most popular apps for teens. And more than 1 billion users worldwide are now logging on to share photos, videos, stories, and now Reels. Click here to read our complete guide to Instagram, with new updates for 2020.
The Byte app lets users make and share short video loops. It launched in late January 2020 with a lot of online hype about its similarity to its predecessor, Vine. The Byte app’s popularity is now skyrocketing as TikTok’s future comes into question.
It might often feel like you’re competing with social media and the television to get your child’s attention. Read some great ideas for incorporating a tech-free fun night into the family’s weekly schedule.
With recent statistics showing that only 20-30% of students tell an adult when they’re being bullied, it is more important than ever for parents to teach them how to handle cyberbullying.
Nicknamed “Tinder for Snapchat” and “Tinder for Teens”, the Yubo app markets itself as a way to make new friends. But not everyone on the app may be who they say they are.
Social media mishaps are bound to happen but how you react will make all of the difference for your digital footprint, online reputation, and search results. Being prepared is the best method for preventing a mistake. So, we asked 11 experts to share their tips for overcoming social media mishaps.
The Randonautica app markets itself as a “Choose Your Own Adventure Reality Game” where players are sent to random locations. It might sound enticing and exciting to students, but safety is a major concern with this app.
Negative social media use can lead to some serious consequences, like missed job opportunities or college rejections. Read these tips from social media safety experts to teach kids how to stay safe, positive, and responsible whenever they go online.
The TikTok app is a social network for making and sharing short videos. It’s now the top most downloaded app in the world. There are a number of parental controls parents should be aware of – in addition to many safety and privacy concerns.
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.
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 15 ways social media can have a positive impact on students
Online portfolios create an opportunity for students to showcase their strengths and values to college admissions officers. Learn which platforms students can utilize for building their online portfolio and techniques for sharing their accomplishments and goals online.
Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app for gamers. Even though the Discord Chat app has built-in safety features, it’s important for parents to be aware that the app can still be dangerous for students. Learn how to keep your family safe on the Discord app.
Do you and your kids always pick up your devices when you’re bored? Your family could benefit from a digital detox. Learn how to encourage everyone in your family to find a better balance with online and offline activities.
Read the dangers every parent should know before giving their student a smartphone and get SmartSocial.com’s recommendations for some safe device alternatives.
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.
The Zynn app is a new Chinese-owned TikTok copycat app that pays people to watch videos and refer friends. This Zynn app guide explains how the app works and why there are lots of privacy, data, and safety concerns for young users.
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 10 digital safety tips for families here.
Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free, multiplayer game that is incredibly popular with students. The concept of the game is simple – the last player to survive the battle wins. But this isn’t a traditional war game.