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.
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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 more 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 Facebook 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 more privacy. The app encourages users to be their “uncensored selves” which doesn’t promote being positive online. 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 shares 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 looking calculator app (or another style of app that looks innocent). These apps are popular because they help a student to hide their behavior from their parents.
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 look 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.
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 online, it’s also important for kids to understand the positives of social media.
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.
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 share their best tips for parents.
While having a family contract can help establish social media guidelines (and consequences for breaking those guidelines), that is only one piece of your family’s online safety puzzle. Parents must be vigilant about monitoring their kids on social media and having regular discussions about online safety.
The Hooked 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 more than if they’re actions are tied to their real name.
The Monkey app randomly pairs users with strangers for a 15 second video chat. We highly recommend deleting 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.