Category Archives: Teens

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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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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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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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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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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Top 5 Teen Apps 2014 Series: Is Snap Chat Safe?

What is Snapchat? Number 1 App today as promised and the rest to follow.  This cute, innocuous little fellow is the symbol of Snapchat!  Snapchat is an app that allows users to take pics and send them to others.  You can … Continue reading

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Be Warned Apps are flying right below your Parent Radar!

Tired 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 … Continue reading

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Monitor your child on Kik, iMessage, Instagram

This tactic is similar to, the now old fashioned trend, of ‘friending’ your child on Facebook.  As tweens and teens leave Facebook in droves you can no longer keep a strategic eye on them from afar in the old way. So new approaches are needed!  Kik and iMessage … Continue reading

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14 year old NSW girl lured to Victoria by 17 year old boy via Kik

What is Kik Messenger??  Is it safe? Do you know if you child is using it? Most parents don’t!  Last week, a 14 year old, Year 8 girl, went missing from her home with a 17 year old boy she met through Kik Messenger. Yesterday she was found.  … Continue reading

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Chloe’s Law….Teen in Tassie takes her own life

Chloe was 15.  Full of the vitality of life, with a beautiful family, including a gorgeous big sister.  She was inundated via social media with nasty, petty, spiteful messages from teens who should know better and yet were either the … 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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