Tweens, Teens, Cellphones and the Classroom….. Some Thoughts and Suggestions

According to a 2015 PEW Research report ( http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/teens-social-media-technology-2015/ ) approximately 88% of all teens today, have access to either a cellphone or smartphone in North America. As parents, we can attest to how mobile has changed the playing field when it comes to our kids accessing the Internet and Social Media. Given that these

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Parents Don’t Get Caught In The Should Of, Could Of, Would Of To A Post Online Negative Event

Parents Don’t Get Caught In The Should Of, Could Of, Would Of To A Post Online Negative Event   Caveat: I recognize and promote that when it comes to online safety and our youth, it takes a village approach; family, school, community and industry to name a few.  This blog entry will look specifically at a

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What Social Networks/Apps Are Trending WIth BC Youth (2013)

What Social Networks and App’s Are Trending With B.C. Youth (2013)   Last year I published an article on our Blog called, “What Social Networks and App’s Are Trending with B.C. Youth” that can be located here: http://thedigitalsheepdog.ca/what-social-networks-and-apps-are-trending-with-b-c-youth/   In that article I stated in the last paragraph, “What’s trending today when it comes to

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iPhone, iTouch and iPad Security Settings

Given that many of our kids now have an iPhone or iTouch, there are some security settings that parents can consider activating on their childs device:   Tap “Settings” App and select the menu called “General”. From the General menu, scroll down to the option called “Restrictions”. When you click this you’ll be asked for

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The Dangers Of Social Discovery Apps

Most have heard about the App “Girls Around Me”, but have you also heard aboutSkout, Highlight, Banjo, Grindr, Sonar and Kismet ?  These are the newest and biggest Social Discovery Apps that are trending with our youth and young adults.  All these Apps utilize the GPS chip in all smartphones to silently transmit a user’s location to those who maybe nearby who

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The Snapchat App

Welcome to what I like to call (at times) the digital “wild wild west”,  when it comes to the use of technology, and how quickly our youth will sometimes assimilate it into their lives without thinking critically about consequences to actions. The mobile world is exploding in usage, especially with our youth, as are the

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How To Disable FaceTime on iPod, iPhone or iPad

As most iDevice users know, Apple offers a video-service called “FaceTIme”, that allows the user to face-to-face video conference with another apple product user (no matter who they are), as long as both are using a Wi-Fi connection.  Although a great service for adults, this may be an application that you as a parent may

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