Family Safety

‘Whisper’ App: Teens Are Having a Blast but Parents May Gasp

Everyone loves a good secret. Tack anonymity to a whisper and the recipe for juicy fun spikes considerably. That’s the premise of the new mobile app, Whisper, a social network where personal “secrets” are shared—and responded to—anonymously. Popular with college students, messages are posted to the service in the form ...

Family Safety

Family Safety News: 3 Big Stories You May Have Missed

The news that produces a safer Internet for our kids is not always good but it is shaping the digital landscape in some very big ways. Here are three big stories you may have missed and some talking points for your family. Are Your Kids ‘Driving and Vining?’ Talking to ...

Family Safety

Could Your Kids Be Doing Things That Make Them Bully Bait?

“Seriously, sometimes I think some kids are trying to get bullied,” she opined with a frustrated sigh. I stopped what I was doing and looked up. “What do you mean?” “They just do the dumbest things online,” my 13 year-old said without looking up and perusing her Instagram feed with ...

Family Safety

Instagram Direct: What Parents Need to Know

We’ve written a lot about Instagram and SnapChat; both are popular photo/video sharing apps for teens and both pose threats to their safety online if left unmonitored. Recently, Instagram (to compete with SnapChat’s popularity) upped its user-to-user sharing ability by adding Instagram Direct, which is simply direct messaging. With the introduction ...

Family Safety

TBH (To Be Honest) and More Slang Parents Should Know

When ‘selfie’ becomes Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year, it is a good idea to pay attention to the emerging (and influential) language evolving online, much of it penned—or should we say pexted—by teens. You’ve likely seen the TBT (Throw Back Thursday) posting trend going around social networking sites. TBT is ...

Family Safety

Helping Your Daughter Handle Mean Girls Online

It was an ordinary Tuesday after school. Sixteen year-old Allison was texting back and forth with her best friend Katie; both were trying to analyze if their secret crushes liked them “just as friends” or “more.” Every now and then, they’d exchange song lyrics and highlight the lines they loved. Then it ...

Family Safety

7 Things Parents Need to Know About the Voxer Voice App

Every five minutes, it seems, a new app comes out but only a handful stick with tweens and teens looking to connect in fun ways to friends online. When those apps make the “fun cut,” and rise to popularity it isn’t long before unwise users exploit them into cyber bullying ...

Family Safety

Why Parents Should Care About SnapChat’s New ‘Stories’ Feature

SnapChat has literally reshaped the teen experience since its release two years ago. The app, which allows a user to send a photo that “vanishes” in up to ten seconds, has spread like wildfire among teens. It didn’t take long for the app to become known as a “sexting” app ...

Consumer Threat Notices

Cyberbullying: Words do Hurt When it Comes to Social Media

We all know the saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” however, as the incidence of cyberbullying grows across the Internet, this may no longer be true. On the Internet, hurtful words can become more visible and more brutal than ever and seen ...

Family Safety

SnapChat-Like Apps Hide Content on Twitter, Facebook

Just when parents figured out SnapChat, an app that makes photo texts disappear, two new apps hit the social scene that achieve the same objective on both Twitter and Facebook. Twitterspirit allows a Twitter user to set a time limit for a tweet before it “self-destructs” in their feed. By using ...

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