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What parents need to know about musical.ly

Last week, I updated my parenting guides and invited readers to contact me with questions about apps. The next day, I received an email from a parent about musical.ly. I immediately downloaded and played around with it. After cruising around musicaly.ly, I am not surprised parents have questions. Musical.ly profiles are public and full of young faces. If…

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Dont’ Miss an Opportunity to Talk about Security

One of the best ways to reach teens is to share with them a real world example. When talking to my kids I use a lot of stories from the news. For example when talking about digital reputation, I showed them “My Embarrassing Photo went Viral.” This weekend, we talked about the celebrity hacking scandal…

Scary Headline of the week – Tween Sexting leads to Sex

This week, headlines about sexting flooded my dash. This was hardly the first time I had seen headlines about teens sexting, but this headline had me worried.  A new study published in the Journal of Pediatrics found that a significant number of adolescents between ages 12 and 14 sext, and that these children are more likely to kiss, have…

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5 Ways to Protect your Kid’s Phone

Privacy and security go hand in hand. This is especially true with a kid’s mobile phone. Their phone contains lots of personal information that anyone who has access to it can see. In order to keep their information private, kids need to keep their device secure. With kids, the two big security issues are losing…

It’s Super Facebook Log off!

This week, I tried the super Facebook log off. I first read about the super log off on danah boyd’s (she doesn’t capitalize her name) blog. She is a researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at the Harvard Berkman Center who studies kids and their interaction with social media. She  brings a unique perspective and has…