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Does your Teen Have a Burner Phone? | What Parents Need to Know About Secret Cell Phones

Burner phones, or “burners'' are quickly gaining popularity among teens. Teens are using their own money to purchase cell phones (often pre-paid phones) and hide them from their parents.

Sneaky Ways TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts are Pulling Kids in and Making Them Numb

Video apps can be a lot of fun, especially for students who are looking for some quick entertainment. Finding ways to use video apps in a balanced way can help students reduce excessive screen time and some of the negative impacts it can have on their lives.

Gemini Guide (2024): What Parents, Educators, & Students Need to Know

Gemini (formerly Bard) is Google’s AI program that when used responsibly can help with tutoring, brainstorming, and creative projects.

TikTok Bad Word Bathroom Challenge: What Parents Need to Know

The Bad Word Bathroom Challenge encourages parents to record their children as they freely express themselves using inappropriate language in the bathroom. Some view this challenge as a positive way for their children to vent in a safe space, but there are concerns to be considered.

Quizlet Guide for Parents (2024)

Quizlet is an extremely popular study tool that creates interactive flashcards, quizzes, and games to make learning effective and fun.

Zigazoo App Guide for Parents (2024)

Zigazoo is a “TikTok Alternative” app designed for kids with videos created by and for kids featuring dances, lip syncing, beauty products, and more.

Best Screen Time Apps for Students

Discover the best screen time apps for students with our guide, comparing pros and cons to help manage digital distractions effectively.

Parent’s Guide to the Apple Journal App (2024)

The Apple Journal app is a secure app for teens to write and reflect on events in their lives, which they can also hide from parents behind a passcode.

Best Graphics Apps for Students (2024): What Parents, Educators, & Students Need to Know

We've curated a list of the best graphic design apps that are not only user-friendly but also packed with features to unleash students' creativity.

Threema (2024): What Parents, Educators, & Students Need to Know

Threema is a paid secure messenger chat app that strives to keep users' data out of the hands of hackers. It gives students who don’t have a cell phone plan a way to communicate with others online. This guide explores the pros and cons of Threema and recommend important safety and privacy settings.

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