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What Parents need to know about Messenger

While teens are not interested in Facebook, Facebook is still interested in them. Facebook is doing its best to draw them back in. Recently, Facebook launched a new app only for teens. I have doubts about the success of Lifestage (and this may be a subject for a future post). Where Facebook has been successful is splintering…

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Tips for Talking about Sexting with your Teen

Smartphones enable teens to connect and engage with their friends and the world. These devices can also capitalize on the impulsivity of teenagers. Add in hormones and boyfriend/girlfrend, teens may be tempted to take or share a sext. I wrote about sexting with Amy Lang, from Bird+Bees+Kids, almost 4 years ago. We collaborated on a script…

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5 Steps for Creating a Healthy Media Diet

A couple of years ago, I attended a luncheon where a counselor from ReStart spoke about internet addiction. ReStart is a clinic here in Washington that specializes in treating internet addiction, video game addiction and phone over use. For a while now, I had this half-written post on internet addiction kicking around in my folder.…

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Snapchat is more than a disappearing photo app

The results from a recent survey will not surprise parents with teenagers. According to the Piper Jaffray study “Taking Stock with Teens”, Snapchat is the number one social network for teens. For the first time, Snapchat surpasses Instagram with Snapchat receiving 28% of votes and Instagram a close second with 27%. When Snapchat first launched,…

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What Parents need to know about Vault Apps

Vault apps or locker apps appeared on my radar during the Canon City High School sexting scandal. At this high school, school officials discovered teens were sharing and trading inappropriate pictures of themselves. They were able to keep these pictures hidden away on their phones by using vault apps. Since then, I keep hearing about…

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What Parents Need to Know about Wishbone

Recently, I had a friend ask me about a new app she discovered on her child’s phone. When it comes to apps, her kid is always two steps ahead of everyone else at middle school. Her new app is Wishbone. Wishbone launched in May 2015 and is gaining in popularity, especially with girls. If you have a child, who…