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 online scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.
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Owned by Snapchat’s parent company, the Bitmoji app allows users to create an “emoji” that looks like themselves. Since it’s easy to create Bitmojis and share them on other apps, teens could get themselves in trouble if they create an inappropriate Bitmoji that gets shared on social media.
No matter how you configure your student’s Twitch security settings, there is no way to know if content is safe for your student unless you become familiar with the platform and review their favorite videos or streamers. However, we recommend students focus on apps that can have a positive impact.
According to a recent poll by CNN, 50% of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices while 59% of parents say their teens are addicted to screens. So, we asked 5 experts to share tips parents can use to help their children develop a healthy relationship with screens.
Similar to iTunes, Steam is an online distribution platform for users to buy and play video games. Users get instant access to thousands of games that are available on Steam. Don’t let your children play Steam without supervision. Be involved and monitor their activity to keep them safe.
Lipsi is an anonymous feedback app where students can accept anonymous feedback from others. Anonymous apps like the Lipsi app are not safe for students and don’t help them build a positive digital footprint. We’ve seen similar apps removed from the Apple App Store due to cyberbullying.
Taking your digital resume to the next level is sometimes easier said than done (especially if this is your first resume). So, we asked 7 experts to share their best advice for creating a digital resume that stands out from the crowd.
ClassDojo for parents, teachers, and students is a free communication app. When used safely, the ClassDojo app can serve as a tool to track student progress, get involved, learn more about your child’s school day, and teach positive online behaviors.
It’s important for parents to learn how to talk to their children about social media and body image, create a supportive environment, and teach them how to avoid the negative effects of social media. So, we asked 3 experts to share their best tips for parents
Before giving them access to social media or their own device, it’s important to talk about internet safety for kids. Regular and casual conversations can help your student develop healthy screen time behaviors before they even start creating accounts on social media. Get conversations starters and tips for elementary students.
Rules of Survival is a battle royale style game, similar to Fortnite. Up to 300 people play until there is only 1 player left. Parents should be aware that children can talk to other players in the game, some of the character’s outfits are suggestive, and there are in-app purchases.
Apple introduced a new feature called Screen Time which is the first effort from a major manufacturer to promote positive screen time behaviors. We created this Apple Screen Time Guide for Parents to help you learn how to use this new feature and keep your students safe online.
We asked 5 experts to share their best tips parents can use to limit screen time. Learn how you can create a daily routine for your family, how to encourage your students to earn screen time, how to model positive behaviors, how to take a social media break, and more.
Sometimes monitoring your student online can feel like you’re being overprotective, but according to a recent statistic from GuardChild 43% of teens say they would change their online behavior if they knew that their parents were watching them. So, it’s important for parents to monitor kids online.
Since employers checking social media before hiring an applicant is becoming increasingly common, a social media mistake can come back to haunt you years later when you’re filling out dozens of job applications. So, it’s important to be prepared before applying to your first job.
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.