Lets get serious for a minute (A minute i promise) Do You Have Kids? Being a parent in this device filled world means its your job to know about technology & keep them safe until they are grown ups because after all we are 'raising them'
RAISING by definition is lift or move to a higher position or level to increase the amount, level, or strength of . To do this you have to watch over them, guide them, protect them & teach them.
My teenager has an iphone. We paid for it, we pay her money if she has done well & helped out her family in some way so she can get credit, she lives under our roof and we have full access to her phone. This is the way I believe it should be, of course just because I can go looking at all her message's on facebook does not mean I do. The knowing I can is what helps her feel watched over & cared about also we have rules set in place about being online she has to stick to them.
And yes if I think something is up I will go read her stuff but if I don't need to talk to her about it I won't, I mean really I don't need to get in the middle of her & jane talking about how billy said this thing & that thing about another girl - I'd rather keep out of that thank you lol
IPAD/IPHONE/ ANDROID ~~~~~ Mr J.Canon a social media expert warns that these apps can expose teenagers to a global playground for criminals.
“The internet is a pedophile’s paradise, whether people want to acknowledge that or not,” said Canon.
Snapchat, an instant photo sharing app where the image “erases” after a certain number of seconds, requires a minimum age of 13 – however, users can easily enter a fictitious birthdate.
Next on the list is Tinder, an online dating app where users swipe “yes” or “no” on photos of strangers and chat with them.
'Ask FM 'rounds out Canon’s top three. It's an anonymous question and answer site that is notorious for cyber bullying.
Yik Yak – This App is one of the most dangerous. It allows users to post text-only “Yaks,” or messages, of up to 200 characters. The messages have no filter and can be viewed by the 500 Yakkers who are closest to the person who wrote the Yak, as determined by GPS tracking.
Kik Messenger – This is a private messenger app and is coveted by those under 18 for a number of reasons. The App allows kids to send private messages that their parents can’t see. This app also allows users to identify themselves by a made up username, posing the dangers of anonymity. To make matters even scarier, third party websites allow users to search for people based on things like age and gender. There is very little you can do to verify the identity of someone on Kik, which obviously poses the risk of sexual predators chatting with your child. And again, this is an easy tool for sexting.
Officer Chuck Collier of the Dublin Police Department agrees that these apps create chaos.
“We call it keyboard courage,” Collier said. “If I’m not talking to you face-to-face, I say a lot meaner things."
Collier also points out that anonymity can play a troublesome role as well. Video chat Omegle is another app that could lead to trouble. Collier points out that its claims of anonymity are a problem.
“You don’t know who you’re talking to. It could be somebody down the street, or it could be a 50-year-old pedophile in Arizona,” Collier said.
Please learn more about what your child has on their devices
Just google best safe apps for children there is so much you can learn and once you think you know everything it will all update and have changed ...... so go do it again