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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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What is Omegle? Talk to strangers! Really?

Below is the transcript of a conversation I had with a stranger on Omegle. On Omegle you can anonymously chat with people you don’t know.   I did not have to sign up, enter an email address or create an account and there are no age … Continue reading

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Teens Deserting Facebook For Tumblr

It is happening!  Facebook is being parked by teens.  By what and why, you ask?  Quite simply because we (old, boring mums – sorry I am speaking for myself!) are on it!  Teens are over being watched (sometimes stalked ever so sweetly) by Mum, … Continue reading

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What is Ask.fm? Parents and Teachers warned: Website linked to Cyberbullying

Teens and Anonymity – they are not a good mix! I encourage parents of young teens in particular, to join this website, ask.fm and search for the names of your children. Or ask your child if they know about it. If your teen … Continue reading

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Surprise, surprise, Snapchat Pics Don’t Delete!

Teens think Snapchat is fun and many use it just for that. But do those who use it to sext, (and that is a well known use of it!) know that Snapchat’s promised “self-deleting” images do not actually disappear!  This is not the … Continue reading

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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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Have you Googled your Child’s Name?

Not many know that as well as teaching Literature I also dabble in teaching Year 7 Multimedia. One lesson I teach is a Digital Reputation class.  I start by ‘googling’ my own name and showing the class what is on the internet about me.  We talk about how they … 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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:) 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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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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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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Hate your boss? Got a Hangover? Doing Drugs? – Embarrassing Facebook Posts Exposed!

A young 18-year-old named Callum Haywood who lives in Nottingham, England has created a website, called: “We know what you’re doing” and we think you should Stop! to reinforce, amongst his age group,  the very public and damaging nature of Facebook posts if … Continue reading

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