Snapchat uses messages that are meant to disappear (learn more about how they actually don't). Something about snapping, sharing, and then forgetting about life's little moments has massive appeal for kids.
Omegle's - site’s catch phrase, "Talk to strangers!" The site puts two strangers together in a chat room. Though chats start out anonymous, users often ask for and share personal information. Language is uncensored, and sexual come-ons and requests for email addresses are common.
TikTok-used to be Music.ly- singing, lip-synch, and share videos; watch for iffy content.
Instagram-is a popular platform for instantly enhancing photos and videos with cool effects and sharing them across a number of social media platforms.
Fortnite- This survival-action game is a bit like what you'd get if you combined a building game like Minecraft with an action shooter like Call of Duty. On one hand, it's getting major points with kids and parents alike for building teamwork and thoughtful collaboration. On the other hand, it's a combat-based game with tons of guns and violence.
Discord is an app and site that allows gamers to connect via text, voice, and video. It's similar to a discussion board like Reddit, but the conversations are hosted on various servers -- which anyone can create -- and each server can have multiple channels. The main purpose of the platform is to be able to chat with your team while playing an online game, but people also use it as straight-up social media, even if they're not playing.
Roblox- is a game-creation website where users design and upload their own games, as well as play other games in a multiplayer environment. Some of the gameplay is advanced, and many games include weapons.
Twitch- is an online streaming site that covers both gaming and non-gaming content. It has many settings that can help restrict kids' contact with other users, such as options that block private chat-room invites. Users watch Ninja stream fortnite play.
Houseparty- Group Video Chat is a video-focused social media app. Friends (and friends of friends) can communicate with each other via live video and texts.
Whisper- is a social "confessional" app that allows users to post whatever's on their mind, which is then paired with an image. All too often, those whispers are sexual -- and sometimes so are users trying to meet with other users for sex. There's copious strong language and sexual images (though no actual sex is shown). The app also encourages private communications in which users can exchange images and personal information.
Holla, This app is freemium social networking app that lets users conduct live video chat sessions with random strangers. Once you sign up using a phone number or your Facebook account, you can get matched instantly with a stranger -- and both you and they appear on camera. Or you can swipe Tinder-style until you like someone and they like you (by tapping a heart). You can also enable location tracking to be paired with someone nearby. Dangerous for kids!
YUBO-formerly Yellow - Make New Friends) is a social media app for iOS and Android devices that lets users create a profile, share their location, and flip through images of other users in their area. It's similar to Tinder in that users are invited to swipe right on profiles they like and swipe left on profiles they don’t, and you can endlessly browse the profiles of people in your area.
Poof – Hides other apps on your phone. You select which apps you would like to hide and their icons will no longer show up on your smartphone screen.
Takes the place of the OLD Calculator App. https://www.raisingboysandgirls.com/raisingboysandgirls-blog/poof-app
A teenager who is distraught over her parent's unwillingness to let them have snapchat.
Poof! they can not only have it, but can cause it to disappear whenever a parent walks in the room.
Little red number notifications- people want to connect with me...feeling of self worth.
The Color Psychology of Red is a bright, warm color that evokes strong emotions.
Red is experienced as attraction booster
For a middle school student that is growing into their identity it is a strong feeling of connectedness.
These questions are different for everyone.
What= Is it age appropriate?
When= Does it interfere with family activities or bedtime?
How Much= How much of a child's day is devoted to screen time? Are they just consuming or are they creating too?
There are ways to mitigate a child's screen time…
Circle pairs with your home Wi-Fi and lets you manage every connected device on your network, both wireless and wired, without ever needing to put software on them. With Circle you can set Time Limits for apps and websites, finally getting online screen time in check. You can also set up age appropriate filters that apply to all their devices, and you can even give rewards to your kids when they’ve earned them.
Location trackers are on turned on by default on most Apps. Do you want your child tracked?
Free, easy to install home network filtering option for Parents.
We teach students how to navigate and become good digital citizens.
Tom - These can vary slightly each year….
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