The TextNow app turns any wifi connected device into a phone with its own phone number, even if the device doesn’t have a phone plan. There are several reports of predators using the app to target victims, so we created this parent guide to help you keep your kids safe.
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Everything you do on lives on in the public sphere, from your on , to pictures you are tagged in on Instagram. College admissions officers and future employers will search for you on and there are reports of students being kick out of school and fired for social media.
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.
Cyberbullying has become such a major issue that platforms like Instagram are releasing features to help reduce bullying. With recent statistics showing that only 20-30% of students tell an adult when they’re being bullied, it is important than ever for parents to teach them how to handle cyberbullying.
In July of 2019 Instagram released two new features to help increase positive interactions and reduce bullying. We created a parent video guide for Instagram to help you better understand this popular student app.
Blain Watson is the Principal at Manuel E. Dominguez High School in the Compton Unified School District. Josh Ochs caught up with him to learn about how he turned his school around in less than two years while setting leadership goals.
The Profoundly app is an anonymous feedback and messaging app that works with so that users can post questions to their Stories and receive anonymous feedback. It is being compared to Ask.fm, Whisper, and Sarahah – apps which have been criticized for promoting bullying.
The MeWe app is a social networking app for users who want privacy. The app encourages users to be their “uncensored selves” which doesn’t promote being positive on. Content is unmoderated on the MeWe app which makes it a breeding ground for bullying behavior and negativity.
David Kaufmann is a teacher and father. He s what he learned when he went 8 days without social media. Learn what he missed, why he went back, what he liked, and what he’s going to do differently moving forward.
As parents, it’s not easy to give kids the support they need while also keeping them safe. Relying on these tips and resources will help you protect your kids in the digital age and make parenting in a tech world much less daunting.
The Private Photo Calculator App was extremely popular in 2016. There are now hundreds of apps that allow students to hide their inappropriate photos behind an innocent loing calculator app (or another style of app that los innocent). These apps are popular because they help a student to hide their behavior from their parents.
Due to ’s popularity, we’ve updated this Parent App Guide to continue to help parents keep students safe. Learn why is so popular with teens, important teen statistics, why is in our Red Zone, and what to do if your child has an account.
Similar to Yik Yak, Whisper, and Sarahah the Yolo app is an anonymous Q&A app that works seamlessly with Snapchat. If your children use Snapchat it is very likely that they will encounter the YOLO app, this guide is to help you start a dialog and keep them safe.
When parents know which apps have had issues, what hashtags are red flags to lo out for, and how to have an open discussion with their kids about drugs on social media, they are better equipped to keep their children safe.
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.
When parents set a positive example of social media behaviors, have open discussions about the unrealistic standards it can promote, and help them honor their accomplishments with gratitude, they help their children avoid the negative effects of social media on mental health.
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 way while setting limits on screen time that has no value? In this blog post, experts their best tips.
We asked 10 experts to the positive impact of social media on teen and tweens. Learn how social media provides a platform for positive resume building.
Overwatch is a multiplayer first-person shooter game available on Windows, XBox One, and PS4 that is incredibly popular with students. The game only works if players are matched onto teams with other real people which means that your child will be exposed to strangers in every match.
When used wisely, the positives of social media can be incredibly beneficial for students (especially during the college or job application process). While it’s important for parents to talk about the dangers and risks of being on, it’s also important for kids to understand the positives of social media.