Category Archives: Texting

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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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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Police Arrest 15 year old using Kik

It hasn’t happened in Australia yet but it is only a matter of time.  In the US police have arrested and charged a teen in Florida who sent hundreds of threatening text and computer messages to 3 other teen girls, telling one of … Continue reading

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Tween Parent’s Kik Revelation!

I don’t know about you, but I always find it helpful to hear real life accounts from real life parents about their experiences keeping their children cybersafe.  Below is the parent of a 12 year old, in response to the dangers of Kik Messenger. At … Continue reading

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A 12 year old’s view of Kik. Share with your Tween!

A 12 year old, left a comment on this website.  I have printed it below, ‘warts and all’.  It’s a conversation starter! Kik once contacted my mom because I am apparently “underaged” for the application. On the iPhone the rating … Continue reading

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Texting and Driving now the No 1 Killer of Teens

Do your teens text and drive? A new study shows that texting and driving is now the number one killer of teens, surpassing drinking and driving.  In a story  reported by CBS, more than 3,000 teens die in the United States annually from … Continue reading

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Texting While Driving Kills: Show your Teens this Screenshot!

Charlie White, senior editor for mashable, posted the photo above as a graphic reminder of the consequences of texting while driving.  He notes, the unfinished text, that was never sent, was typed by 22-year-old Alexander Heit as he was driving through … 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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What is Wickr? A Disappearing Text Version of SnapChat? Mmmmm…how might Teens use this Magic?

Wickr is a relatively new app currently available for the iPhone but soon to be released for Android use. The makers of this app argue that our electronic communications should not be catalogued and stored forever on some distant, untraceable server. The Wickr App is free … Continue reading

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Will you get off that iphone, ipad, Laptop, Play station, Wii! Managing holiday screen time for tots, tweens and teens

How many times have you said (okay, yelled) something along these lines? How many days of the holidays are left? Perhaps it is time to sit  down and make a plan. Read this eminently sensible article, by Larry Magid and … Continue reading

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Brilliant New CyberBullying Resource ‘Tagged’!

Do your teens roll their eyes when you mention cybersafety, cyberbullying and digital citizenship? So get them to watch this instead! After winning 3 international awards the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s short film Tagged has now scored top marks at home. Using drama … Continue reading

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What is Kik Messenger? Is your teen on it?

Kik describes itself as, ‘the fastest, simplest, most personal smartphone messenger out there.’ It is an app that can be downloaded onto a smart phone, an iPod, or iPad and users can text others for free. This is one of its allures! … Continue reading

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Sexting Recipe for a Perfect Teen Storm

Ingredients A pinch of low self esteem, a spoonful of angst, a bucket of the common garden variety of  ‘the need to fit in’, a cup of ‘I didn’t think’ , 500 grams of  ‘I thought it was a joke’, one smart phone, one teen, … Continue reading

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Tween: ‘I need a Mobile!’ Parent: When is the right age?

There is an easy answer to this question!  Your child is old enough when you need them to have one.  A tween is usually in your company or with other responsible adults therefore there is no reason for a phone.  If they … Continue reading

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Keep up with your kids

If you are struggling to keep up with the latest computer terms and acronyms, don’t stress – you are not alone! Even though I work in ICT (Information Communication Technology) everyday I seem to have to learn a new TLA … Continue reading

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