Posts tagged instagram
Do you think adding an Instagram filter counts as creativity?

With many of our kids on Spring Break, now is a good time to think about helping them find things to do creatively online and offline. In a Common Sense Media report they found that only 3% of what kids do online is actually content creation, i.e. making videos, music with programs like GarageBand, writing blogs, etc. Today I write about 16 ideas to get them creating this break.

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Do you know what your kids are reading on Snapchat?

I am upset. Yesterday my teenage son Chase showed me the Discover feature on Snapchat. The Discover feature grabs content from a variety of sources — Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, CNN among many others and makes it accessible to anyone, including our kids. But what makes me so mad is that there is no way to remove or block the Discover Story feature on the app. So what do we do?

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Colleges are watching, what do your kids post?

Last week, Harvard rescinded the acceptances of 10 incoming freshmen for posting racist, sexually offensive material on Facebook. As intense as the consequence may seem, this is an important reminder that nothing on the web is private, even private chat groups. 

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How to talk to your kids about sexting...

Tech Talk Tuesday #33
Do you talk to your kids about sexting?

A recent article in the Washington Post about sexting and a podcast called Note to Self got me thinking about the subject. “Sexting” is the exchange of sexually explicit images between minors (17 years or younger) via tech, usually cells phones.  A study from 2012 found that roughly 20% of U.S. adolescents between 13 and 19 reported having sent, or posted, a nude or semi-nude photo of themselves, and 28% said they received a sext message intended for someone else. 

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