Squad is a video chat app that lets users share their screens with others. Friends can have a lot of fun on the app, but strangers can connect on Squad too.
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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.
Many parents are more lenient, while schools are closed, when it comes to screen time and social media. SmartSocial.com has many tools to help families stay safe online when classes are canceled.
Messenger Kids is a video chat and messaging app, from Facebook. It’s built for kids and designed to give parents more control. Messenger Kids can be a starting point for a student’s first social media account, but parents should be aware of data and privacy concerns.
Learn how students are using this video chat app and what you can do as a parent or educator to monitor who they are talking to.
Dr. Rady Rahban sees first hand how social media beauty filters affect how students see themselves. As a plastic surgeon, he makes sure his clients get plastic surgery for the right reasons, not just to look like their favorite celebrity.
The nonprofit Center for Cyber Safety and Education teaches innovative online safety lessons. Read three tips from the organization’s Director for keeping your kids safe, no matter what apps or mobile devices they are using.
Several social media apps have announced plans to promote mental health initiatives, aimed at helping kids to stay mentally safe online. Some educators and mental health experts weigh in.
GroupMe is a messaging app where users can send group or private messages from their computer or phone using WiFi. Learn how this app works and why some students are getting into trouble using it.
Each year, Smart Social reaches more than a million parents, educators, and students around the world. Our safety tools keep families safe from online dangers and teach students how to use social media with a purpose, instead of just as a pastime.
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 6th to 7th, 2020.
The latest social media statistics from Common Sense Media shed light on teens’ changing social media habits. It will come as no surprise to many parents that teen social media has increased dramatically. Understanding the trends of teen social media use will help your student build a positive digital footprint.
Wondering how can families incorporate technology in a positive way to make a connection between parents and children? We asked some parents and experts for ideas and tips for incorporating technology into family time.
Some students are tripping others in an attempt to get more laughs and likes on TikTok and YouTube. But, the Skullbreaker Challenge or Trip Jump Challenge is landing some students in the hospital – and others are facing legal consequences from this potentially deadly online prank.
The Hoop app makes it easier than ever for students to meet strangers on Snapchat. Users are rewarded for making as many new connections as possible.
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.
Josh Ochs’ advice to parents about setting up smartphone and social media guidelines for teenagers. These are his four most important tips he wants all parents to hear.
The Byte app lets users make and share 6-second video loops. It launched in late January 2020 with a lot of online hype about its similarity to its predecessor, Vine.
Both the HOLLA app and HOLA app allow people to video chat with random strangers around the world. While many conversations might stay innocent, users report widespread profanity and lewd behavior on both apps.