Posts in category "Technology"

The app Yik Yak is still popular and still a problem

The app Yik Yak is still popular and still a problem
The app Yik Yak is back in the news again, and it is still a place where hateful comments are found in abundance. For those who aren’t familiar, Yik Yak is a free mobile app that lets users send and read anonymous messages. There are no profiles and no names are attached to any posts.... Read more »

Vulgar tweets about Curt Schilling's daughter show why parents need to monitor kids' social media accounts

Vulgar tweets about Curt Schilling's daughter show why parents need to monitor kids' social media accounts
If you’re a parent it’s worth noting what transpired between Curt Schilling, retired baseball player, his daughter and a whole lot of really creepy, offensive individuals on Twitter today. It’s the perfect illustration of why parents absolutely must be vigilant about monitoring their kid’s online behavior, and it has everything to do with the disturbing... Read more »

Cyberbullying is awful, that doesn’t mean schools should demand social media passwords

In Illinois there is much debate about whether schools can and should require social media passwords from students. A new law about cyberbullying that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015 is what sparked the discussion. I shared a post on the Tween Us Facebook page about it and Tween Us readers overwhelmingly felt that... Read more »
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Is the website Meez safe for kids?

Is the website Meez safe for kids?
A reader in Michigan brought an alert circulating in her community about the website Meez to my attention. She received a warning from another parent saying that “even though [Meez] appears to be a kids game, there are different rooms that kids can get into. Some are innocent enough, but there are a LOT of... Read more »

Tweens and teens are sharing personal info via Instagram - lots of it

Tweens and teens are sharing personal info via Instagram - lots of it
Ah, Instagram. It seems so harmless. It’s just kids sharing cute or silly photos, or a way to express themselves artistically, right? Uh, not so much. I’ve talked about the many issues that I have with Instagram here. But now there’s another one. Sharing personal info via Instagram, particularly in the comments but also by... Read more »

This new year, resolve to be cybercivil

This new year, resolve to be cybercivil
The website Good Digital Parenting is a great resource from the Family Online Safety Institute that aims to “empower parents to confidently navigate the online world with their kids.” Who doesn’t need a bit of help with that? I asked Denise Lisi DeRosa, Program Manager of Good Digital Parenting, if she would share her thoughts on the... Read more »
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Hour of Code: Fun coding websites and resources for kids

Hour of Code: Fun coding websites and resources for kids
Learning computer programming, also called coding, is becoming increasingly easy and also fun for kids and parents alike with more and more websites and apps offering opportunities to code. Coding has many benefits, including developing problem-solving and critical-thinking skills in kids, as well as helping them understand how the technology they enjoy is created. It... Read more »

In Defense of Social Media for Tweens

In Defense of Social Media for Tweens
I was lucky to meet Beth Meleski at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop this spring and we hit it off as moms of tweens and writers who focus on this age group. Beth writes for a lifestyle website for tween girls. I’m thrilled to have her guest posting today. Her argument in defense of social... Read more »

Snapchat hack proves that nothing on the internet disappears

Snapchat hack proves that nothing on the internet disappears
Have you heard the news about the Snapchat hack in which 200,000 private photos and names of users may be leaked? It’s being called the “Snappening” and it serves as a reminder that nothing on the internet ever really disappears. Nothing. Not Snapchats. Not photos of any sort. Nothing. Does this sound familiar? It should.... Read more »
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Info about the new social network Ello: 5 details parents should know

Info about the new social network Ello: 5 details parents should know
Ello describes itself as “an ad-free network that does not sell data about its users to third parties.”  It’s catching on and was all the rage last week, when Vox reported that 31,000 people per hour were joining the site, which is still in beta. Ello launched this past summer and suddenly became the big new... Read more »