Do You Know What Apps Your Teens Are Using? Take This Helpful Advice…

Okay, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not very tech-savvy. But our kids certainly are (at least more so then some of us), so we need to be aware of what’s going on.

Doing so may help us be better parents.

Sexting rings, online bullying, kids sneaking off to meet up with strangers that they met in secret… all these things are occurring with school-aged kids these days.

Do you know what apps your teens are using? Do you know which apps to look out for to ensure your child’s safety?

This I-Team report offers advice for parents:
 

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Tracy Butcher told the I-Team she sees it with her teens every day.
 
“They use them for everything, I mean absolutely everything- calculators, recording, taking pictures of notes on the board instead of writing them down,” Butcher said.
 
As easy as smart phones and tablets and their endless apps have made life, they’ve also opened the door to new topics parents often don’t want to talk about, capabilities they might not want their teens to have and relationships they don’t want their children making.
 
In the past few months, numerous scandals and heartbreaks involving teens across the country have been sparked on an app.
 
Back in November, there was a high school sexting ring in Colorado where students saved and exchanged hundreds of nudes using password-protected photo vault apps disguised as a calculator or media player.
 
Several students were suspended and some could face a felony charge.
 
In January, 13-year-old Nicole Lovell of Virginia was found stabbed to death after sneaking out one night.
 
Police said she met one of the suspects on the messaging app Kik.
 
David Eisenhauer, 18, and an alleged accomplice face several felonies.
 
Mid-Michigan isn’t sheltered from these incidents, though.
 
In January 2015, a threat on the anonymous messaging app Yik Yak caused more than half a dozen schools in Midland, Bay and Saginaw counties to go into heightened security mode.
 
The 18-year-old Freeland high student who admitted to sending it pleaded guilty to using a computer to make a threat.
 
And in November, Flushing Schools sent a letter to parents after police said some middle school students began chatting and exchanging inappropriate photos with someone they didn’t know on the messaging app Snapchat.

 
Read more over at wnem.com.

Original Image Source: Carissa Rogers

 


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