Category: Internet Safety

Piquing our geek: Can SmartFeed make our kids’ media more mindful, not mindless?

Trying to manage my three kids’ time spent and content viewed on all of the various devices we have in this house is one of the most thankless, naggy job out there. They don’t fully understand why I say “no” to the newest app, or why YouTube is blocked, or why I start yelling for them to put down the iPad and get outside already. So I’m intrigued by a new online subscription service called SmartFeed which promises that it will make managing our kids’ digital media diet much easier. And, presumably, less naggy on my part. Related: 8 really smart tips for managing...

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An Instagram ban on all children’s photos? It could happen.

Everyone’s favorite photo-sharing app rocked the parenting world yesterday when they announced the possibility of banning all photos of minors on Instagram. Our Twitter and Facebook feeds were going nuts, as you can totally imagine. Evidently ongoing pressure from certain parenting groups, school administrations, and law enforcement agencies concerned with issues of cyberbullying, photos shared without consent, and other concerns are making Instagram consider a wholesale change — no pictures of children under 18 whatsoever. As in, none. Not just photos taken by kids, but your own photos of your own kids. On one hand, we can’t imagine what Instagram would be without baby...

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Apps parents should know: The Burnbook app, bringing Mean Girls to a school near you. UPDATED.

See below for a breaking update about the Burnbook app If you haven’t yet heard of the Burnbook app, it’s the latest anonymous social app that’s causing a stir among teens and parents and even law enforcement around the country. Next in our series of apps parents should know about (but probably wish they didn’t), Burnbook is similar to Yik Yak and Secret, in that it gives users a platform to post anonymous blurbs and vote them up or down, Reddit style. However unlike other anonymous social apps, Burnbook is all about conversations within communities. In other words, to use the app, it...

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The Frozen Games online that you want your kids playing, never.

It’s been a whole year since we discovered unlicensed Plastic Surgery Barbie apps for kids that made wonder what the freaking heck is wrong with people, and now, hooray! Here comes another series of games to file under Kids Games That Make Us Want to Scream WTF, Throw Our Laptops, and Hit The Developers In the Head With Them. This time they are all free online games based on Frozen characters. Of course. At FrozenGames.org–which lies in wait, heavily SEO’d for your unsuspecting children to search for that very thing–kids can enjoy the joys of unlicensed online games like Injured Elsa, which allow them to  “wipe the blood, puss using tissue”...

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The newest watch-out for parents: Phone numbers posted on Instagram

Remember when we had to buy magazines like Tiger Beat to get the scoop on our teen crushes? These days, tweens can get up-to-the-minute details on their favorite Instagram and Vine stars, right on their smartphones. (Niall, Harry, Liam, squeal!) But parents should be aware that with the current trend, some of their fans and followers are doing more than shrieking I love you! in the comments. The latest: Instagram users post phone numbers in the comments on stars’ accounts, like Nash Grier and Cameron Dallas, and claim that fans can reach Nash and Cameron directly via those numbers. Think Rob Lowe and Mark-Paul Gosselaar from...

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This is a sponsored message from F-Secure Freedome The trouble with Internet security in public places is that it often leads to a lot of nervous insecurity for the user. After all, how private could searches and page visits really be when everyone is using the same unsecured public Wi-Fi? Let alone the trackers, viruses, and phishing sites trying to lure unsuspecting surfers into providing credit and identity information. Let’s just say there is a lot of nasty stuff on the Internet. That is where F-Secure Freedome can help. This is a highly regarded, user-friendly security and online privacy service for...

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How to make strong passwords and protect them. Once more, for posterity

In light of this week’s breaking news story about a massive security breach in which more than a billion (eek) passwords from close to a half-million websites are now in the hands of a Russian hacker ring, it’s time for a refresher on how to make strong passwords. . We covered 5 simple tips for making strong passwords a couple years back during the big Zappos security breach–the one that now looks like a little “oopsie” compared with this one. They bear repeating, so here they are: 1. Change your passwords. Now. As for which passwords to change? Let’s go ahead and say all of them....

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What parents should know: Snapchat text messaging

We’ve covered the Snapchat app extensively since its launch, and it’s grown to be extremely popular with tweens and teens, and now even brands are jumping into the app, finding new ways to promote to users there. Now that Snapchat has announced new features including Snapchat text messaging and video calls, we’re taking another look at how kids are using it so that parents can stay informed about what’s on their kids’ phones and devices. Snapchat Chat (a little redundant, right?) allows users to text message each other, but the conversation “disappears” when you leave Chat. It’s similar to Google Chat when you opt to...

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Yik Yak and Secret: 2 more anonymous social apps parents need to watch out for on their kids’ phones.

We keep a close eye on the social apps gaining popularity,  not just because we publish a tech site for parents, but because we want to know what apps our own kids might hear about, especially before they start using them and possibly get into trouble. That’s why we’ve been alerting you to apps parents need to know about. Two of the apps we’ve been watching lately that parents should know about are Secret and YikYak. So you can add them to your list along with Snapchat,  selfie.im, ask.fm and the others. Secret and YikYak are both anonymous social networking apps that...

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