It can be hard to keep up with all of the latest apps. Here we’ve provided an overview of some of the most popular apps out there, what they are used for, and if parents should have any concerns. If you would like a printable version of this resource sheet, please click here.
When we go online we often make our life look fabulous and fun, while reality is much more mundane. Many teens rely on their online life to boost their self-esteem. It is important to remember that what we see online is just a small portion of what is going on in someone’s life, usually the best parts. Let’s help others remember that social media is not reality. Check out this great video that illustrates just that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EFHbruKEmw
Mobile devices are enabling our kids to have the world at their fingertips. While this is such an awesome resource for kids to be able to connect with relatives and friends through social media, do their homework, play online gaming, watch YouTube videos, and download music and apps there is also a dangerous side to this ever-changing world of technology and it’s up to us to teach them the basic rules of Internet safety so that they can use all of these safely and responsibly.
Social apps are widely used by today’s preteens and teens. One popular app used is kik messenger. The app grants users anonymity, it allows searches by age and lets users send photos that aren’t stored on phones. It’s wildly popular with tweens and teens…and predators. Kik is an app that parents are unlikely to know about and it is a place where inappropriate sexual content and behavior can thrive. This app is a common avenue for sexting. For more information form parents go to: https://www.guardchild.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Kiks-Parent-Guide-1.pdf