Author Archives: Renata Rowe

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.

Cyber Bullying: App Allows Parents To See What Their Child is Posting on Social Media

This is a new App that allows parents to see what they child is posting, and liking  on social media.  It is especially appropriate for parents when their children first begin using social media to allow parents to keep an eye on what … Continue reading

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Monitor and Control you Child’s Phone. Good on ya Mum!!

Are you tired of calling or texting your child and not getting a response? For some reason they seem to go into some sort of paralysis when Mum or Dad calls.  You get the following excuses: my battery went flat, I left it in my car/bag/friend’s … Continue reading

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Monitor your Child’s Kik Messages

Many parents ask me how they can monitor their child’s text messaging.   In the early days, in particular, when your child has their first phone or ipod this can be a useful way to have the conversations needed to ensure … Continue reading

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Sex Predator Arrested – Requests Indecent Pics on Kik from 12 Year Old

This is yet another article warning about the dangers of the popular texting app, Kik Messenger.   Kik cannot be viewed publically.  Pedophiles have taken to texting and sending pictures hoping for a response.  One Mum reports that her 14 year old … Continue reading

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School Targeted by Anonymous Apps!

With anonymity comes daring.  Some Apps these days allow students to post behind the safety of a screen without revealing their identities.  Recently, one seemingly ordinary Friday afternoon, Myers Park High School in North Carolina was hit by a ‘Yik Yak’ attack.  Claire Williams from … Continue reading

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Dirl and Gnoc? Learn the New Online Teen Language!

Secret, teen coded messages may be online danger signs. Perhaps parents need to go back to school and learn the new language!   The Daily Mail recently reported, that, ‘these coded messages may be the first clue that their children are self-harming, being … Continue reading

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American Psychiatric Association Makes It Official: ‘Selfie’ a Mental Disorder

While there is a fair bit of ‘tongue in cheek’ in this article it comes close to belief!!  Global Trend News reports on its website that:  ‘The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed what many people thought all along: … Continue reading

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What is Whisper? New Teen App!

Whisper is an app that combines our fascination  with secrets and mystery with the juicy salaciousness of gossip. All done anonymously.  It is a teen’s dream!  And it has recently exploded in its use by university students and teens.  Essentially, it is a smartphone app … Continue reading

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Do you know if your child has a Kik Account?

Parents would be wise to keep an eye on the apps their tweens and teens are using on their ipods and smart phones.   Kik allows free text and pic sending services between those who have downloaded the app on their phone or … Continue reading

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Parents can reveal too much online! Baby in the Bath Pic

We love sharing photos of our children online.  But what are the risks?  It is unlikely, that children would be identified and tracked down by someone sinister though we should make sure that they are not wearing anything that might … Continue reading

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Ask.fm Cyberbullying at its Worst!

Mean teens plus ask.fm  can be a recipe for extreme nastiness.  Parents need to know that this seemingly addictive site is the popular, go to site of the moment for teens experimenting with the power afforded to them by anonymity.  Let’s see … Continue reading

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Mother and daughter – Lessons learnt the hard way!

In an attempt to show her daughter how quickly a picture can spread over the internet, one mum’s “lesson” quickly backfired. Kira Hudson posted a picture of her daughter, Amia, on Facebook holding a sign dated 18/03/14, saying, “Mum is … Continue reading

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What is Yik Yak?

Another anonymous app providing a social messaging board for anyone to post anything! You can imagine how this could be used once it gets into the hands of some tweens and teens. Not nice! The app is free and it … Continue reading

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Top 5 Teen Apps 2014: No.3 Kik Messenger – Can Parents Control it?

What is Kik Messenger? Of all the Teen Apps, Kik Messenger is the one parents google most!  Parents want to know how to control Kik, how to find out what their kids are texting, and who is texting their kids.  Kik Messenger, put simply, is a free text messaging … Continue reading

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Top 5 Teen Apps 2014 Series: Instagram – how to keep them safe.

What is Instagram? Top 2 App as promised and more to follow.  Snap Chat  was Number 1.  Instagram is like a public, mobile photo album.  You can post your own pics, copy pics from the internet, share your friend’s pics and use filters to create … Continue reading

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