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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Looking Beyond the Mask with Director Chad Burns [Interview]

BEYOND THE MASK is set to premiere in theaters on April 6, 2015 and according to Hollywood Reporter is poised to set a record for the largest on-demand theatrical opening.

400 volunteers from the homeschooling community helped Burns Family Studios to create the film which had a $4 million budget and stars John Rhys-Davis (Lord of the Rings trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark) as Charles Kemp, Andrew Cheney as William Reynolds, and Kara Killmer (Chicago Fire) as Charlotte Holloway.
BEYOND THE MASK with Director Chad Burns

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