Filed under Keeping Kids Safe Online

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

Inducing Panic Using Facebook

Two teenage girls just learned that there are can be consequences relative to what you post on Facebook. Click on the link below for the full story. http://www.wcpo.com/web/wcpo/news/local-news/butler-county/new-miami-high-school-students-accused-of-facebook-threats-in-court-friday Also, several months ago I wrote about what parents can do to help minumize the trouble their teems can find themslves in online. Click on the link … Continue reading

SWEETIE and WEBCAM PREDATORS

Do you know what webcam child sex tourism (WCST) is? It is when an 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 … Continue reading

HOW TO KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE ONLINE

I recently spoke to a group of parents, educators, and IT professionals about online safety and kids. After my presentation, we had some very interesting conversations about what kids are doing online and the dangers that they face. In this blog post, I will mention some key things that were mentioned in my workshop that … Continue reading

YOU’RE ASKING FOR TROUBLE

Have you heard of Ask.fm? Ask.fm is an online social Q&A website. The site was founded in June 2010. The company is based in Latvia in Northern Europe. The site is very popular in Europe and is rapidly increasingly in popularity here in the America. Keep this thought in your mind, “Technology in and of … Continue reading

OMEGLE…SURE, INVITE THE STRANGER IN

Omegle is something else to possibly be concerned about when it comes to your kids and online safety.  Omegle is a social networking site that allows you to chat with a random stranger. I think you already know the answer to the question, “Is Omegle a good site for kids, tweens, and teenagers?” “NO.” Omegle … Continue reading

IS INSTAGRAM SAFE FOR KIDS?

In a relatively short period of time (3 years) Instagram has become the hot new online place to be for teens and kids. Every parent needs to be aware of Instagram. Instagram is an app that makes it very easy upload and share pictures taken with a smartphone. The pictures can be shared on Twitter … Continue reading

Social Media and Pimps

I read a story recently at CNN Money. The story was about Nina (not her real name). Her story begins when she was 18 years old. She was from an upper middle-class home and college bound when her life changed forever.  She accepted a Facebook “friend” request from a boy that she thought was, “so … Continue reading

KIDS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND XHAMSTER

 I had a very interesting conversation with an elementary school counselor yesterday. He mentioned that a growing number of kids at his school are talking about and going to this new website. The hot new site is xhamster.com.  I did a Google search, and here is how the site describes what it offers:     … Continue reading