Posts in category "Cell Phones and Electronic Devices"

Do you know what your tweens and teens share online?

Do you know what your tweens and teens share online?
Earlier this month, McAfee released its annual study examining what tweens and teens do online and how they use social media. They conduct their survey on an annual basis and reported this year’s finding in the study 2014 Teens and the Screen study: Exploring Online Privacy, Social Networking and Cyberbullying. Here are some of the... Read more »

When should I get my kid a phone?

When should I get my kid a phone?
When should I get my child a phone is a question that I am often asked and one that I’ve struggled with myself when it comes to my own kid. It’s confusing. There are lots of expert opinions, and they don’t always agree. Some say to go all in and get a smart phone in... Read more »

Yik Yak app is wreaking havoc in schools: 11 things parents need to know

Yik Yak app is wreaking havoc in schools: 11 things parents need to know
Problematic apps that are popular with kids and full of inappropriate content keep popping up. It’s like a game of whack-a-mole: just when you get a handle on one and smack it down, another one pops up. The latest offender: the app Yik Yak. Parents could be fooled by the friendly-looking yak logo, but hiding... Read more »
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Keeping kids safe on Instagram: What parents need to know

Keeping kids safe on Instagram: What parents need to know
Instagram is a popular photos and video sharing and social networking site with millions, including tweens. It’s all photos, right, so keeping kids safe on Instagram isn’t a concern, right? No. While Instagram is hugely popular among tweens and even elementary age kids, and many use it without incident, there are issues and parents absolutely... Read more »

Phone contract keeps parents and kids on the same page

Phone contract keeps parents and kids on the same page
Having a cell phone or smartphone opens up a whole new world for tweens and teens. Parents and kids need to be on the same page – literally – and this phone contract can help achieve that both with actual logistics as well as a broader idea of what phone behavior is acceptable, and what... Read more »

Nearly a quarter of seventh graders are sexting - what parents can do about it

Nearly a quarter of seventh graders are sexting - what parents can do about it
Does your tween have a phone? If so, is he/she is sexting? Although most parents find it hard to fathom of their tween sending graphic and explicit messages and photos, a new study in the journal Pediatrics found that nearly a quarter of seventh graders are sexting. The study included a survey of 410 seventh... Read more »
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What parents need to know about the Whisper app

What parents need to know about the Whisper app
Whisper is a free social networking app available for iPhone and Android and website (found at Whisper.sh) that encourages users to share secrets.┬áThe app was originally intended and first became popular on college campuses, but like many trends, it has trickled down to a younger crowd. It is becoming popular with tweens, and it is... Read more »

Keep your private parts private: If you wouldn't share it with your family, don't share it online

There’s a big kerfuffle on the internet about Mrs. Hall and her approach to cautioning girls about what they share on the internet. I think the blogosphere has that pretty well covered with arguments opposing that post and supporting it, so instead, I’d like to share my favorite video that makes the point to kids... Read more »

Snapchat introduces SnapKidz: 4 reasons it does not help parents keep kids safe online

Snapchat introduces SnapKidz: 4 reasons it does not help parents keep kids safe online
Snapchat, the social app that permits users to send pictures and videos that disappear after only a few seconds before “disappearing,” has a rule that users need to be 13 years of age. To make sure that the 12-and-under tween market doesn’t feel left out, the company just unveiled SnapKidz, which takes the chat out... Read more »
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Tweens spending more time online and engaging in riskier behavior than parents realize

Tweens spending more time online and engaging in riskier behavior than parents realize
A survey released today revealed that parents are seriously underestimating the amount of time their tweens and teens spend online. Even more surprising, a vast majority of parents believed that the internet was a safe for their kids. The McAfee survey, “Digital Deception: Exploring the Online Disconnect between Parents and Kids,” showed that teens and... Read more »