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Social Media Education for Parents

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Parents have a difficult time staying on top of the latest apps, platforms and other technologies that play a role in their children’s lives. That’s exactly why we’ve created The Parent Feed, to arm parents with the latest news, trends and advice that impact your children. This way you can stay focused on being an active parent and leave the “what you need to know” to us!

After School- An App Review

After School- An App Review

There is a new  app that has has hit the scene recently. In the same vein as  Yik Yak, and – After School is a “sounding board” used by over 10 million teens. Users are identified as teens through Facebook verification and then grouped by school. However, once a member of the After School community – the poster remains completely anonymous. As you can imagine, the identity protection the app provides users creates an online environment ripe for cyberbullying and abuse. While there are some filters in place to detect threats and the like, no auto filter is fool proof. There is an option to filter and block users from a personal device, but that does not stop the other members from posting about one another. Because it is only available to teens (through Facebook verification) it has flown under the radar of most parents and other adults fro some time. We at The Parent Feed suggest you check your child’s device for this app. Talk to your teen...

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(Over)Sharing The Joy of the Season

(Over)Sharing The Joy of the Season

The holidays are a bustle of activity. From Thanksgiving to New years, we are all rushing from one event to another- shopping, dining, traveling and celebrating! It’s natural for all of us young and old to want  to share with friends and family all that we are doing  this holiday season.  We post where we are, who we are with, what we got! We take pictures, “check-in” places and tag our cohorts in posts on social media in attempt to share our joy of the season. It is important to remember that that these posts, pictures and tags could potentially be leaving  trail of breadcrumbs for a would-be on-line predator – financial or otherwise. Batches of posts about our kids and their friends at school concerts and parties have the potential for making our kids susceptible to online predators. A photo and location of a child puts that child at risk. “Checking-In” at businesses and other locations leaves families open to potential theft at home while they are away....

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Social Media and Teens: a report from CNN

Social Media and Teens: a report from CNN

  CNN recently did a report on Teens and Social Media usage and we think it’s worth your time as a parent to read the article about the documentary #Being13  and ask yourself how much this story resonates with you in regards to your children. If your children are younger and not yet engulfed in social media, it’s still a good read and might help shed some light on how important it is to form good digital habits early on-before they have a chance to have an unhealthy relationship with technology. Child experts analyzed social media feeds from more than 200 8th graders, interviewed teens and parents and put to other an excellent report on the state of this Digital Generation. The Documentary #Being13, hosted by Anderson Cooper aired on October 5 and can be viewed in full on CNNgo.( CNN delves into the subject and really shines a light on WHY teens become so engrossed in social media and essentially become dependent on the attention (both positive and...

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The Statistical Truth

Don't think your 7 year old has access to the outside world via their tablet? Think again.

Mobile Device Activities

Children Age 8 and under

  • Play Games 63%
  • Use Apps 50%
  • Watch Videos 47%
  • Watch TV/Movies 38%
  • Read Books 30%

Teen Mobile Usage

Mobile App Privacy Concerns

  • Downloaded Apps 58%
  • Avoided Apps Due to Privacy Concerns 51%
  • Uninstalled an App Collecting Personal Information 26%
  • Disabled Tracking Functionality 46%

Access to Mobile Devices

Children Age 8 and under

  • Smartphone 63%
  • Tablet (iPad, Android, other) 40%
  • iPod Touch or similar device 27%
  • Any mobile device 75%