Category Archives: cybersmart

The Secret Life of Teens – Keeping you in the Picture

A 2012 Report conducted by independent research firm Taylor Nelson Sofres, and commissioned by mcafeecybered.com   found that almost 80% of parents said they are having conversations with their teens about their online activities however… 66.5% of teens said their parents … Continue reading

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Mum, Dad – Do you know if your child is on Kik Messenger?

What is Kik?  Is your child on it?  Do you know who your child can contact and who can contact your child?  You need to! Most parents think that their child needs a mobile to text, send and receive pictures. They feel safe in … Continue reading

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Spring Clean Facebook……Chores for the Modern Teen!

We all know that teens can ‘post’ without thinking.  Soon many who are turning 15 or above will be  searching for a part time job.  Some well-known companies ask applicants to log in to their Facebook page as part of the interview … Continue reading

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Need a Mood Cure? Facebook Makes us Better!

A new report on mashable is every parent’s nightmare and every teen’s joy!  Proof that Facebook is good for you!  The research shows that spending time on Facebook can be a satisfying and rewarding experience making us feel good by massaging our self … Continue reading

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Top Ten Email Scammer Tips

Some parents allow children, as young as 5 or 6 to hold an email account.  The list below, of the many scams that prey on email users, helps to explain why most email providers expect account holders to be 13 and over. To keep them cyber safe, … Continue reading

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:) Like what you Hate! :( What is Hater?

Yet another new App was launched last week.  It looks a lot like Instagram. You can take a picture or upload a photo from your phone, share it with a caption, and view and respond to other posts from the Hater community. … Continue reading

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What is Keek? 40 year olds watching 11 year olds!

The dangers: This girl is Australian, the man in this picture lives in the U.S and doesn’t appear to be related to her and yet is subscribed to all her video updates What is most concerning about this App is … Continue reading

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Instagram is the New Black with Tweens!

Just as parents seem to have finally got the message that their child should be off Facebook until 13 or be heavily monitored, Tweens have hijacked Instagram. The explosion of iPod Touches, iPads and the iPhone 5 (the tweens and teens get the hand … Continue reading

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iTunes Card +Tweens +/-Teens = Caution

I got a little bit trashed last night, night I got a little bit wasted, yeah yeah I got a little bit mashed last night, night I got a little shhh faced it, yeah yeah ‘Hangover’ by Taio Cruz Do … Continue reading

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Vinepeek is Addictive. What is it?

Vinepeek is an endless stream of six-second videos (called Vines) filmed by thousands of random people all over the world and uploaded on Twitters’ new video sharing platform called Vine. While most ‘vines’ are harmless some are not. The Vinepeek … Continue reading

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What is Vine? Your Teens will be Twittering about It!

On Thursday Vine exploded onto the Social Media scene. It is an App that connects with Twitter. Fundamentally, Vine lets you make and share six-second video clips. It is easy to use and videos can be made straight from your … Continue reading

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See what a Digital Footprint can Reveal! Scary!

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FaceWash cleans up FaceBook!

At some point, probably not long after your teen leaves his teenage years behind him, Nanna will learn how to use Facebook or his boss will send him a friend request. What to do?! Many post teens have been known to close their sites down … Continue reading

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SnapChat Pictures no longer Safe! Be warned!

Some time ago I wrote about SnapChat fast becoming the most downloaded app with a reputation for being sext-friendly! I hinted that teens may not use it just to post funny cat pics, and that they needed to think about where their pics may end up despite the company’s … Continue reading

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Naughty Instagram Slammed With Class Action!

This is a timely warning. Even if you are not an Instagrammer your teenager certainly is! They will have uploaded hundreds of photos of themselves. They will have signed up and ticked the Terms of Conditions box with barely a glance. … Continue reading

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