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How Teens Are Using Facebook May Surprise You

When I first joined Facebook, my teen’s friends appeared often on my newsfeed. Most of my friends had friended their own kids and sometimes their teen’s posts popped up on my newsfeed. The last few years, I have rarely seen updates from them. Not seeing them, I assumed that moved on to Instagram and Snapchat.…

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Ask KidsPrivacy: How to keep Kik videos private

One of the challenges for parents and teens is keeping up with all the new features added to apps. A year ago, a parent may have agreed to a simple photo sharing social network. Flash forward a year later and that same app now allows users to share videos and send direct messages. Kik messenger has…

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Does your favorite app make the grade?

Moms with Apps asked parents what they considered the most important quality when choosing an app for their child. The number one quality “extremely important” to parents was does the app protect their child’s personal information. Protecting personal information ranked above both educational and age appropriate. How can you tell if the app your child wants…

Friday Rewind: Tips for managing media, apps and privacy

This week, I found 3 excellent articles filled with tips for parents on how to talk with kids and teens about media, apps and privacy. Children, Teens, Media, and Body Image from Common Sense Media examines the role of media and technology in the development of kids’ and teens’ body image attitudes and behaviors. More than just discussing the…

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Ask Kids Privacy: Question about Privacy on Kik

Kik is a messenger service app that is popular with teens and Ask KidsPrivacy has received questions from readers about monitoring, unwanted messages and accessing kik. This week, I received a question about kik and privacy. Kik does not have private and public accounts but teens can protect their privacy by managing their contacts and not sharing their…

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Are you sharing too much in your Baby Registry?

One of the first internet safety lesson kids learn is never post personal information online; this includes full name, location and birth date. This rule is to keep them safe from identity thieves as well as snooping strangers. But before their first birthday, a child’s personal information may already exist online. When parents register for baby gifts, they are…