• Porn on Snapchat

    Apps and Games Friday, May 25, 2018

    Perhaps over the past couple days, you heard Cosmopolitan Magazine published a Snapchat channel, found in the "Discover" area, called “Cosmo After Dark." “Cosmo After Dark,” featured an explicit discussion of sex and other content aimed at adults. Through Snapchat’s content guidelines, the content was “age-gated,” meaning a user couldn’t access it...SEE MORE

  • A sharp spike in vaping and the use of e-cigarettes by students has grabbed the attention of school administrators and school police officers.   The rapid spread of the fad was flagged in a 2016 report from the US surgeon general. It cited a 900% increase in e-cigarette use by high school students from 2011 to 2015, and the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey noted that 1.7 million...SEE MORE

  • Roblox, first launched in 2005, has become and remains a very popular multiplayer online game for children 8 years old and up. It can best be described as Minecraft meets Fortnite. Roblox is free to play. Once a player has signed up and created an avatar, they are given their own piece of real estate along with a virtual toolbox (known as “Roblox Studio”) for building. They...SEE MORE

  • If you have a teenaged gamer in your home, they are probably playing Fortnight on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, and even on their mobile device.   Fortnite: Battle Royale is a free-to-play multiplayer survival action shooter game. It is world-building strategy crossed with Call of Duty. Players are dropped onto the game map and must compete to be the last one standing by...SEE MORE

  • Mappen - "Make Something Happen" is a social media application available on iPhone and Android devices. It is rated 4+ in Apple's App Store. The 4+ age rating will mean very young children, who are too young for Instagram's 13+ app, will want to sign up for Mappen. Paradoxically, Mappen's privacy policy explicitly states, "Our Services are not intended for children under the age of...SEE MORE

  • By: Clayton Cranford Sarahah, an Arabic word that means, roughly, "honesty." It is a free social media app popular with teens.  Launched last year, anonymous messaging app Sarahah is no longer available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The messaging app hit popularity for allowing anyone to send messages to people in their contact list, without having to reveal their identity.SEE MORE

  • By: Clayton Cranford  On April 1st, I took my two teenaged boys and my wife to see the new Steven Spielberg movie, "Ready Player One" (RPO). This is not a review of the movie (incidentally, I found it entertaining), but a discussion of the world the movie portrays. A world I believe we are, to some extent, already living in, but definitely a world that is not too far off. My boys...SEE MORE

  • I get a lot of parents asking me how they can see their child's digital footprint. I teach a class for law enforcement personnel on how to use the Internet's free open source search engines to learn information about people. These same techniques are used by colleges and employers to learn a little more about their applicants. I tell students, you can say anything you want on your application,...SEE MORE

  • Whisper app is a phenomenally popular app with teens. Whisper has a total of 17 billion monthly page views on its mobile and desktop websites with 250 million monthly users, mostly teens, across 187 countries. It was recently used by a child predator to contact and rape a 12-year-old girl in Pasco County, Florida. Description: Whisper is available on iOS and Android mobile devices, free of charge.SEE MORE

  • There is a range of games available on iPhones and Android devices targeting very young girls with bright colors and fairytale characters. This nothing new. You look at the "Tinkerbell" looking game and walk away thinking your daughter is playing a cute fairy princess game. It may not be the harmless game you think it is. There is a growing list of games aimed at children, as young as three,...SEE MORE

  • We are heartbroken. As a parent of two teenaged boys, my blood ran cold when I heard the news anchor break in to the television show I was watching: “Seventeen people were killed and fourteen others were wounded when a former student of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., opened fire on campus Wednesday, making it the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook...SEE MORE

  • On January 12th, 2018, Google discontinued the Chrome Supervised User functionality for new users. The Supervised User account allowed parents to monitor their child's activity on Chromebooks. Google says current users with Supervised accounts will continue to function but cannot be edited. No new Supervised Users can be created.   How should parents monitor their child's new Chrome...SEE MORE