The shell on challenge is a social media trend that is gaining popularity among students. Teens are challenging each other to eat food items still in their packaging. It should be a red flag for parents if their child is doing this challenge to gain attention on social media.
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The Tellonym app allows students (and strangers) to ask and answer questions anonymously. The app can be linked to a user’s Instagram or Snapchat, meaning messages can include inappropriate images. When teens connect anonymous apps to their Instagram or Snapchat they open themselves up to being targeted by strangers.
Children of all ages have access to screen time, whether it’s Facetiming with relatives, or using social media to chat with friends. It’s important to help your children develop healthy screen time management habits and monitor them for red flags that might indicate that they are addicted to technology.
Whether it’s toddlers playing with their parent’s tablet or teenagers keeping up their Snapchat streaks, excessive screen time can happen at any age. So, how can parents handle excessive screen time or help their younger kids avoid it entirely? 7 experts their best tips for parents.
While many families don’t think they have anything worth “hacking” — that couldn’t be further from the truth. Having a password manager drastically reduces the possibility of your family becoming the victim of ransomware, identity theft, malware, phishing, and other cyber attacks.
While having a family contract can help establish social media guiines (and consequences for breaking those guiines), that is only one piece of your family’s on safety puzzle. Parents must be vigilant about monitoring their kids on social media and having regular discussions about on safety.
The Hoed app enables users to read stories in chat form, like a series of text messages or as a series of video clips. Since the majority of the stories feature sex, violence, and drug use, this app is inappropriate for students.
The Boo app (formerly Boomoji) is a social network where users create an avatar that they use to chat with others. In our experience, when tweens and teens have anonymous avatars to hide behind, they tend to misbehave than if they’re actions are tied to their real name.
When your kids are in middle and high school, it can feel like you’re competing with social media and the television to get your child’s attention. However, when parents build a tech-free family night into their family’s schedule it can have a positive impact on everyone.
The Monkey app randomly pairs users with strangers for a 15 second video chat. We highly recommend eting the Monkey app if your child has it because random video chatting apps make it easy for teens to be targeted by predators.
In this podcast episode, Josh Ochs interviews Justin Wren an MMA fighter, author, speaker, and humanitarian. Today Justin is on a mission to tackle bullying through both awareness and prevention. Justin is passionate about sharing his story in order to break the lifelong chains of bullying.
Similar to the Blue Whale Challenge, the Momo Challenge is a dangerous viral social media trend with teens and tweens. The challenge encourages students to contact an unknown person called “Momo” via . Throughout the challenge, students are sent violent and graphic content and a series of dangerous tasks.
In this episode Josh interviews Tracy who is a mom from Ohio raising sons. Tracy has two teenage boys and they needed to make lifestyle changes to ensure they were “growing up” in the best ways. Learn how she teaches her boys how to be gentlemen on (and in person).
Social media and on advertisements can have a major impact on a child’s self-image. And younger children might not even be able to tell the difference between an advertisement from their favorite TV show or app. So, we asked 5 experts to advice on teaching kids about advertising.
In this episode Josh interviews Janice Taylor of MazuFamily.com and they talk about how parents can help give their kids self worth on social media. Additionally, Janice talks about re-engineering social media to reduce the addiction and teaching parents how to mo positive behavior for kids.
This is an excerpt from podcast episode #102 Josh Ochs had with Jennifer Zumbiel who created Togather (a game of family communication exercises). In this episode, Josh asks Jennifer to tips parents can use to get their kids or teens to open up and talk around the dinner table.
Technology and teen social media trends change so quickly that it can leave parents feeling like they can’t keep up with their kids. Digital security can seem daunting to parents, especially if they feel like they aren’t “tech savvy” — but in reality it can be easier than you think.
This is an excerpt from podcast episode #101 Josh Ochs had with Kristin Gambaccini, a stay at home mom to 8 kids (18 months to 19 years old). This article originally was picked up by Today.com and is featured at this link: ‘Your phone is not your property’ and other screen time rules I give […]
The Text Me app offers free texting, calling, and additional phone numbers. In our experience, students will download apps like this so that they can hide their activity from their parents. Additionally, the Text Me app offers location sharing features which can be incredibly dangerous for students.
According to a recent report from the Better Business Bureau, internet fraud has skyrocketed in recent years. With students having access to social media and the internet younger and younger, it’s important that they’re taught about on scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.