Tag 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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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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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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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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What is Snapchat? The New Sexting? Teens are on to It.

The risk to your digital reputation is high.  The opportunity to cyber bully is elevated.  The attack on cyber safety is raised.  A photo arrives on your phone, you have 7 seconds to view it and it disappears into thin air. You … 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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At 17 a teen sent a sext, 7 years later…..

If the term Cyber Safety causes teen eyes to roll, the words future Cyber Reputation often hit a wall with teens barely able to imagine themselves older than 18 let alone a twentysomething.  The definition of reputation implies thinking ahead and … Continue reading

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Are Emoticons a Defense In Cyberbullying?

“I’m going to kill you LOL!!!” “U R So Dead ;-)” Do those sound like threats or playful texts? A group of girls in Indiana are being accused of cyberbullying for sending their classmates threatening messages, but the girls are … Continue reading

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