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Tumblr, Teens, and Trouble – WHS 148

Started in 2007, Tumblr has become an outlet for teens to express themselves without having to worry about peer pressure and judgmental comments from others.

Teens have flocked to the service because of its ease of use and ubiquity among their friends but hidden behind the fun animated GIFs and and cool pictures is a dark side that is hard to avoid if you’ve used Tumblr for any length of time.

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A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat – WHS 147

Snapchat used to be referred to as one of the most dangerous apps for kids to use. The original idea behind it was that any pictures you sent to another person would disappear forever*.

An infusion of venture capital in recent years has led to some changes at Snapchat. Now, major brands like Taco Bell, Intel, Acura, and the Philadelphia Zoo have a presence on the image-sharing app.

If your kids haven’t already asked to install Snapchat you can be assured that they will ask as soon as the find out “all of their friends” are using it too. So is it safe for your teens? What should you be aware of when using the service?
Parent's Guide to Snapchat


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What Parents Need to Know About Facebook – WHS 146

Facebook. The social media titan is everywhere. It’s on your computer, built into cell phones and other mobile devices. You probably can’t go a day without hearing about something someone saw on Facebook even if you don’t have an account.

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When your kids start using social media it’s probably the first site they want to use because “all their friends are using it”. Your kids probably watch you use Facebook and ask if you’re going to post pictures of them online or some funny thing they said.

Facebook has become a part of most American’s lives and it’s not going away any time soon. It’s part of American and worldwide culture and as parents and homeschoolers we need to understand how to use it and how to protect our family’s privacy.

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Meerkat for Homeschoolers – WHS 145

meerkat-app-logoMeerkat has become the darling of social media in recent weeks. Many Fortune 500 companies and other popular media outlets have started using it so show “behind the scenes” of their productions.

At SXSW many popular bloggers and celebrities used Meerkat to propel it into the public eye but is it something that homeschoolers can use or should be concerned about?

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Is Twitter Safe for Teens? – WHS 142

In last week’s podcast I gave a general overview of how you can promote a safe mobile experience for your kids. I want to expand on that in the upcoming weeks by discussing various social media platforms, how teens are using them today, and whether or not it’s safe for your teens to be using these platforms.

Is Twitter safe for teens?


Note my use of the word “teen”. This is important. Many social media networks unless they are specifically designed for younger kids have a minimum age requirement of 13. There are many good reasons for this and hopefully you’ll learn why I’ve chosen to wait to introduce my kids to social media.

This week I’m talking about Twitter. Continue Reading →

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