Category Archives: Family Safety

Why You Need to Teach Your Kids to be Careful What They Search For Online

With information and video access at their fingertips most teens spend a crazy amount of time online looking for the latest gossip, hairstyles, and fashion trends surrounding celebrities. (Yes, it’s true: Internet searches for a certain “twerking” female singer outranked web searches for Syria last week six to one). That obsession with popular culture combined Read more…

Kylie Minogue: Australia’s Most Dangerous Celebrity

Noooooooo!! How could Kylie Minogue be considered dangerous? Perhaps I missed that episode of Neighbours? And I am sure there are no ‘danger’ themes in her music. Well, definitely not in Locomotion or I Should Be So Lucky!! But yes, it is true. Aussie pop legend Kylie Minogue is Australia’s 2013 Most Dangerous Celebrity, according Read more…

SnapChat-Like Apps Hide Content on Twitter, Facebook

Just when parents figured out SnapChat, an app that makes photo texts disappear, two new apps hit the social scene that achieve the same objective on both Twitter and Facebook. Twitterspirit allows a Twitter user to set a time limit for a tweet before it “self-destructs” in their feed. By using a hashtag (#) denoting any Read more…

The App Your Kids are Using Now: Vine

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Parents, do you recall seeing the icon below on your child’s iPhone the last time you perused their apps? If so, then your child has an account on a popular mobile application called ‘Vine’. Vine, which is owned by Twitter, enables users to create and post video clips with a maximum length of seven and Read more…

New Apps Make It Easy to Save SnapChats

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The SnapChat smart phone app is one of the newest crazes for teens because it allows a user to send what they believe to be a very private and very temporary photo to another user (and if you use it just for fun with friends, it can be a blast). Because SnapChat (seen below, yellow icon) Read more…

Court: Being ‘Electronically Present’ Can Make You Liable

A recent ruling by the New Jersey Court of Appeals has sparked a nationwide debate over exactly who is liable when an accident is caused by a distracted driver. According national reports, the court considered the claim of two victims who both lost their legs when a texting teen driver ran into their motorcycle. While Read more…

If You Give A Hacker Your Email Address…

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Most parents and kids I speak to regarding online safety seem to have a bad case of the ‘it-will-never-happen-to-me’s.’ Stories of hacking and social engineering seem like far away ideas, or things that happen in a Spielberg movie, but not an everyday occurrence. I get it. In fact, I used to be one of these people. Read more…

5 Things Parents Should Stop Doing Online (Now)

It’s natural to talk with your children when you see them out in public. It’s a biological reaction to admire their talents, praise them publicly, and even wrangle their wayward behavior when it starts to stir. Just don’t do it online. Parents are wise online if they curb what comes naturally and consider exercising a Read more…

How To Remain Friends with Your Teen on Facebook

So, you’ve finally convinced your teen to accept your friend request. What an exercise! So, what now? Do you immediately like their every post and start to scan and post all their old baby photos on their wall? NO, YOU DO NOT!! Here are my top tips for remaining friends with your teen on Facebook. Read more…

Win for Families: Frat Loses Charter Over Facebook Posts

A quiet headline last week was a win for family safety online when a Florida fraternity lost its national charter for alleged slanderous and drug-related Facebook posts. Not only did the National arm of Pi Kappa Alpha, or Pike, disband the fraternity’s chapter but Florida International University, also ordered the fraternity to cease all meetings Read more…