Recently, the CBS-affiliated television station WTSP used our SmartSocial.com app guide to help parents recognize why apps in our Red Zone are dangerous for students. WTSP highlighted the importance of parents understanding the apps their students are using. Learn the dangers of the Kik app, Whisper, & Musical.ly.
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Digital natives communicate through social networks and gain most of their insight into popular culture through social sharing. As a parent it’s important to monitor your child’s online activity, learn about hidden features in apps, honor your student’s trust, and more to help your teen stay safe on social media.
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).
When learning how to balance screen time, one of the best things a student can do is take small breaks from technology. So, we are celebrating National Day of Unplugging which is a holiday that is celebrated by taking a 24 hour break from technology on March 9th-10th.
RSPH and the Young Health Movement published a report called #StatusOfMind, which examines the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health. Snapchat is ranked as the second worst app for teen mental health. In this video, learn the negative effects of Snapchat for teens and tweens.
Live.ly is a video streaming app from the creators of Musical.ly where users can broadcast live video or video chat with friends. With reports of students using the app to play truth or dare and share personal information with strangers, we created this guide to help parents keep students safe.
Ever worry that your 7th grade kid is doing inappropriate things online that may affect their college application? In this student-friendly digital safety speech, Josh Ochs talks to 600 students in middle school and teaches them how to shine online. Listen to this podcast episode with your student.
When students learn how to use Pinterest in a positive way it can have an impact on their digital footprint, help them shine online, and add to their online resume. In 15 minutes, students can learn everything they need to know about Pinterest and why it’s so important.
Students going through the college admissions process need to craft the best high school resume to tell their admissions story. Only having a high school resume on paper just isn’t enough anymore. Students need to have a comprehensive digital footprint that supports, highlights, and expands on their high school resume.
RSPH and the Young Health Movement (YHM) have published a new report, #StatusOfMind, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health. Learn how social media can negatively effect children’s ability to sleep, trigger anxiety, increase body image issues, and what you can do to help.
Some students think that LinkedIn is only for job seekers and business professionals, but students can start utilizing LinkedIn to build their positive online footprint in high school. In one video, students can change their Google results by following this step-by-step guide on how to create a LinkedIn profile.
Prezi is a presentation software that allows users to create and share visually engaging slide presentations through their website. Having a positive presentation can showcase a student’s passion and knowledge on a specific subject. Presentations like these can help students create a positive digital footprint.
We updated this Snapchat Parent App Guide to help parents and educators understand this popular app that kids are using. Learn how students are using Snapchat, how you can use the app as a family, and what you can do to ensure your student is safe on Snapchat.
This Snapchat User Guide for parents will teach you everything you need to know about Snapchat to keep your family safe. A recent update has changed the app considerably, so we created this tutorial to teach parents step by step how to navigate the new Snapchat update.
According to recent statistics, Facebook is the most widely used social platform by a considerable margin. When used in a positive way, Facebook can improve a student’s search results. If students learn how to set up Facebook in a positive way, they’re less likely to make social media mistakes.
AntiChat offers users the ability to anonymously chat with users around the world. Anonymous apps like AntiChat can be very dangerous for students to use because they encourage users to chat with strangers. In this video, learn everything you need to know as a parent about the the AntiChat app.
Many parents have asked, what is digital citizenship? So we created this guide and short video to walk you through digital citizenship and the steps your student can take to shine online. Learn when your student should become public and how they can become good digital citizens.
Most ransomware is disguised as a valid file to be downloaded or opened in an email. So, what is ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malicious software that holds your personal digital data for ransom. Those affected by ransomware cannot gain access to their personal data without paying a fine.
During the months of February, March and April, we are helping families “spring clean” their online footprints! We are giving away 1,000 free two-week passes to Parent University. With Parent University, parents become social media experts while teaching their kids the positive side of social media (and spring cleaning their online image).
Twitter is one of the most popular social networks that promotes thought leadership and can have a positive impact on a student’s digital footprint. If students learn how to set up Twitter in a positive way–and why it matters–they’re less likely to use social media in a negative way.