Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app for gamers. Even though the Discord Chat app has built-in safety features, it’s important for parents to be aware that the app can still be dangerous for students. Learn how to keep your family safe on the Discord app.
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Our Parent App Guides are based on real questions we get from parents and educators all over the world. Instead of keeping our research private, we share our Parent App Guides with our audience to help them keep their family safe online.
As parents, it’s important to talk to your children about the dark side of social media before they learn about it from untrusted (or dangerous) sources. So, we asked 5 experts to share ways parents can talk to their kids about the dark side of social media.
With constant access the internet, it can be difficult to know when you’ve developed an addiction and need to take a social media break. Learn how taking a social media break can help you get into a positive mindset, be more productive, and avoid comparing yourself to others online.
This week we sat down with Caroline Leach who writes, researches, and speaks about why professionals need a social media strategy for their career. In this episode we discuss the power of LinkedIn, when students should make a profile, and how they can use LinkedIn to enhance their resume.
We sat down with David Kaufmann a technology teacher at Medina City Schools who has been a teacher for over 18 years. In this podcast episode, discover tactical tips for monitoring your child’s social media activity, setting internet safety rules, and teaching them how to develop positive screen time habits.
Recently, we sat down with Tracy Wright who is a writer from Giggle Magazine to talk about cyberbullying. In this episode, learn what cyberbullying warning signs to look out for and what parents can do before a bullying turns into a life-threatening situation.
Targeted to kids ages 8-12 Roblox is the largest user-generated online gaming platform. A recent study revealed that the average monthly visits for Roblox users under the age of 13 is 25.5 visits. So, we created this Roblox Safety Guide for parents to help you keep your family safe.
With a recent survey by University of Phoenix revealing that very few U.S. adults consider their cyber safety when traveling, we asked Sterling Kellis to provide tips to help travelers stay secure. He advises vacationers to follow a simple cyber hygiene acronym: R-I-S-K.
We sat down with Lori Davis from Xavier School to discuss her school’s experience watching our Digital Safety Event videos. In this episode, Lori describes how the videos helped her educate students on how they can make their online presence the number one ticket to getting into their preferred university.
In this Parent University newsletter we talk about the World Health Organization officially recognizing gaming disorder and the warning signs, which social media network is making it easier to monitor app activity, the new Fortnite: Battle Royale feature parents need to know about, and more.
With a recent study revealing that suicide-related hospital visits for teens and tweens have almost tripled, we think it’s important for parents to talk to their children about difficult subjects like depression and anxiety. In this post, learn how you can talk about suicide & depression with your children.
In this Parent University member newsletter we talk about which social media network is more popular with teens than Snapchat and Instagram, where teens are seeking advice online, which social media habits are linked to depression, and more.
Telegram is an app that offers unlimited instant messaging with encryption. The app syncs across devices so that users can access their chats on mobile, desktop or tablet. Recently, the Telegram Messenger app was temporarily removed from the App Store due to the danger it posed to children.
In this Parent University member newsletter we talk about which social networks are the worst offenders when it comes to showing children mature content, a new study that revealed suicide-related hospital visits have nearly tripled for adolescents, how Snapchat made it easier for students to share their location, and more.
If you don’t use a healthy amount of caution when it comes to what images you put out there for the world to see online and on social media, then you can begin to develop a negative digital footprint. In this post, learn how to build positive image search results.
In this episode, Josh Ochs sat down with a high school student named Carson Magee who raises awareness for students with Type 1 diabetes. Learn how Carson uses social media and positive online content to raise awareness for his cause.
13 Reasons Why is a Netflix series based on a 2007 novel, by the same name, that depicts suicide in a graphic manner and is incredibly popular with teens. Many educators and psychologists have raised concerns that the show may serve as a trigger for self-injury among vulnerable students.
In this Parent University member newsletter we talk about an app that has double the amount of daily users as Snapchat (hint: it’s not Instagram), how Snapchat is rolling back on their redesign (and how it affects families), how a 9 year old’s Instagram got her mother fired, and more.
The deodorant challenge is the latest teen viral trend. To participate, students spray their bare skin (or someone else’s) with aerosol deodorant for as long as they can stand it. The challenge is painful, can have a lasting impact, causes scarring, and is causing some teens to be hospitalized.