Be Warned Apps are flying right below your Parent Radar!

AppsTired of prying adult eyes scanning their Facebook pages, teens are turning more and more to Apps which they download to their phones or other mobile devices and then use them to communicate in private.  Just as parents thought that they had mastered the foreign land of web based social media, such as Facebook, they have been undercut by this new software!  If you think they are just texting when you see them on their phones you couldn’t be further from the truth!

The Top 5 Teen and Tween favoured Apps are Instagram, Kik Messenger, Snapchat, Ask.fm and Whisper.  They allow, in order, pics to be stored, posted, shared and liked, free texting, magically vanishing pics, (or so they say!) anonymous questions to be asked and, answers to be given and rumour spreading!  All within the privacy of a smart phone. Mum and Dad (or even Aunty) can no longer join up, be friends and keep an eye on things.

Over the next week I will write a post on each of the Top 5 Teen Apps. What teens love about each app, what they are using them for – the good and the bad,  why you need to be aware of them and what you can do to keep your eye on things and keep the conversation open.

About Renata Rowe

Deputy Head of Campus/Head of Secondary, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus This blog is the School's way of helping our parents and teachers understand and experience the cyber world that their children live in. We post stories about the latest cyber safety issues, and the latest social mediums that their children and teens might be using. We believe that teaching children and teens to be good Digital Citizen from a young age will protect them and their reputations. Our parents have been delighted and have subscribed so that they can receive our updates - we post about once or twice a week. So subscribe - its easy to do, just enter your email address in the box in the top righthand corner of the home page and posts will automatically be delivered to you.
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One Response to Be Warned Apps are flying right below your Parent Radar!

  1. I want to be notified if my children are on the web for any reason at all thanks .

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