The Slender Man is a fictional character who originated from a viral internet meme. The character is portrayed as a tall, thin, and faceless man in a black suite who goes around traumatizing people. Although he is fictitious, the Slender Man is causing teens to act dangerously.
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There have been a lot of digital safety updates in the news. In this Parent University member newsletter we talk about keeping students safe on Fortnite: Battle Royale, the new social media challenge that has teens snorting things up their nose, what Snapchat updated this week, and .
The condom snorting challenge is a viral trend where teens post a video of themselves snorting a condom through their nose and pulling it out of their mouth. While this may sound like a je, teens have been doing this challenge since 2007. Learn how to keep students safe.
Josh sat down with high school students from Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science. In these episodes we discuss when students should get a phone, how students can work with their parents to solve their own problems, how students can use Snapchat safely, and how students can respond to bullying.
In this Parent University member newsletter we talk about why a teenager was charged for bullying others on Snapchat this week, what parents need to know about the new Instagram and Snapchat updates, how families can protect themselves from data breaches, the negative effects of social media, and .
Everyone has on results that create a foot when someone searches for them on. This on foot can shape your reputation—and your college opportunities—in ways you might not anticipate (until it’s too late). Learn how to ensure your digital foot is Light, Bright & Polite™.
Josh sat down with a Parent University r and a digital safety expert based in Sydney, Australia. In this podcast episode, learn how to keep your children safe on, how to talk about cyberbullying, the importance of education with communication, and communication tips to help start the conversation.
In order for social media to be used in a positive way it’s imperative that parents teach students about the effects of social media. So, we asked 5 experts to some of the negative effects of social media and tips for having a healthy relationship with technology.
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).
In this podcast, Josh sat down with Mona Merlo who is the principal of SATO Academy. They discussed digital safety topics kids struggle with, like the number of hours kids are spending on social media, things bullies say, what “just kidding” means to kids, and tips for parents when it comes to balancing screen time.
Do you have children that are in middle or high school? What preparations are you doing for their college application? In this podcast episode, we sat down with Neha Gupta who is the Founder & CEO of College Shortcuts to talk about the preparing for college in high school.
In this episode, Josh sat down with Alon Shwartz, Founder of the unGlue app. unGlue is an app that motivates your kids to know when too much screen time is happening. Alon and Josh spe about screen time addiction, tips on how to manage screen time, and the app unGlue.
The SayAt.Me app is an anonymous website and app where users gather feedback from others. SayAt.Me encourages users to compare their self-image to other people’s opinions which can be damaging to a developing tween or teen which is one of the reasons why this app is in our Red Zone.
The Mojiit app is a social network where users create and animated avatars using augmented reality. Some teens who don’t like the Snapchat update are using the Mojiit app instead but since the app uses geolocation we put this app in our Red Zone.
In this student-friendly episode, Josh Ochs talks to parents in The Covina-Valley Unified School District, teaching them how their kids can shine on. He s some anti-bullying tips, good and bad apps, how to have a dialogue with your kids, on safety tactics, and .
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.
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 on activity, learn about hidden features in apps, honor your student’s trust, and to help your teen stay safe on social media.
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 personal information with strangers, we created this guide to help parents keep students safe.