Filed under Keeping Kids Safe Online

The Blue Whale Challenge – Is Your Teen Doing It?

[NOTE: Since researching this game, several websites (snopes.com, netfamilynews.org, and webwise.ie) are suggesting that this game may be the result of fake news. Fake or not, the more teens that read about it, some may actually start doing it. I do know one thing for sure. The daughter of a friend started playing this game a … Continue reading

YELLOW IS GETTING HOT

There is an app called Yellow that is increasing in popularity. There are many that call Yellow “Tinder for kids.” For those that don’t know what Tinder is, it is a dating app that adults use to primarily locate hook-ups.   WHAT IS YELLOW Yellow helps you find and make new friends on Snapchat and … Continue reading

Fake Social Media?

This week, 13-year-old Malachi Hemphill lost his life.  He was videotaping himself on Instagram Live while he was handling a gun. The gun accidentally went off. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead.  His mother said that 10 to 15 kids showed up at her house after the accident … Continue reading

APPS & YOUR TEENAGER

I recently spoke to a group of parents, teachers and administrators at my daughter’s school. The general topic was online safety and what parents can do to keep their kids safe(r) online.  The specific topics were: Digital Natives Inappropriate Communications Oversharing Hiding Apps Cyberbullying Predators Sexting Popular Apps How to protect your child today and … Continue reading

Cyberbullying – STOPit

  A relatively new anti-cyberbullying app has been created by Todd Schobel called STOPit. He got the idea when he heard about 15-year old Amanda Todd. Amanda killed herself in 2012 after years of enduring bullying. The app is designed to give kids a way to report cyberbullying.  Of course there is no app that … Continue reading

What Happens on Yik Yak Stays On Yik Yak

  “Parents need to … beware of what their children are doing that means checking their Facebook, checking their phone, checking their texts. It’s too late to find out when your child has made an anonymous threat that could subject them to a lengthy sentence,” Juvenile Judge Edmond Naman Yik Yak is the latest in a … Continue reading

THE TINDER HOOK UP

It never ends. There is always some new app or social media site to be concerned about. I have said this many times and it is still true: Technology is not necessarily a bad thing. It all depends on how it is being used. Tinder is an app for Apple or Android phones that was … Continue reading

SWEETIE AND WEBCAM PREDATORS

Do you know what webcam child sex tourism (WCST) is? It is when adults pay to direct and view live-streaming video footage of children in another country performing sex acts in front of a webcam. In an effort to expose and put an end to WCTS, a Dutch non-profit recently created a lifelike 10-year-old Filipino … Continue reading