• 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

  • Description: (APP Store rating: 4+) Telegram Messenger is a cloud-based communication app usable across all devices; it allows users to send pics, videos, stickers, texts, and other files completely free. Your phone number is required for setup (similar to WhatsApp), but there is also the option of creating a username which is totally public and can be searched by anyone. The app is touted...SEE MORE

  • A vulnerability on the extremely popular messaging app Snapchat has been uncovered which allows children of primary school age and older to be contacted directly by strangers at the touch of the button. The vulnerability allows any Snapchat user (a stranger to your child) to search for schools using the public groups function. That then shows any Snapchat message posted from at or near...SEE MORE

  • If you find an app called Discord on your kid's phone, you might be concerned. "Discord? What's Discord? I don't want discord in my child's life!" It may not be the best name choice for discerning parents. So, what is Discord, and should you be concerned? Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app for teens and adults ages 13 and up. If your kid is a gamer, they are likely to have this app.SEE MORE

  • Two large Apple shareholders with a $2 billion stake have written an open letter to Apple. They are questioning the smartphone maker, saying it needs to respond to what’s seen as a “growing public health crisis” of smartphone addiction in young people.  The letter cites studies that show American teenagers receive their first smartphones at the age of 10 and spend...SEE MORE

  • A mother and father in Colorado say their 10-year-old daughter committed suicide over video of a fight with an alleged bully. Preventing a tragedy like this comes down to knowing the signs and know how to respond. Ashawnty Davis, was only in fifth grade. Her parents said she was a happy girl until everything changed at the end of October when she was involved in a fight after school. It...SEE MORE

  • Facebook announced a new messaging service for children as young as six. They promise parental controls and policies in place to ban inappropriate content and cyberbullying, but is it an app that parents should allow their young children to use? Facebook, the world’s largest social network (which requires users to be at least 13 years old) has created a messaging app for children,...SEE MORE

  • Here are some safety issues you need to think about. So, you’re going to take the leap and buy your lucky child a new iSomething. An iPhone, iPad, or Android device can be an amazing gift. The entertainment and educational opportunities are nearly endless, but it also opens up the world of social media and cyberbullying. Creating a safe and enjoyable experience on your child’s...SEE MORE

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