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How to Know More About Apps

New apps come out every day, which makes it difficult to stay up to date on the latest and greatest new app. As a parent this is a frustrating reality, but you don’t have to stay in the dark. A website called SaferKid seeks to help parents to be able to quickly look up information about apps.  The founders have reviewed more than 1,000,000 apps. All you need to do is enter the app you want to find out more information about into the search bar in the app directory, and you have access to age recommendations, risks, and in depth information about that app. This can help when you see a new app on your child’s phone and you don’t know what it does, or your child wants to download a new app.

The website also provides a service for $59.99 per year, where they scan your child’s phone apps to detect unapproved and non age appropriate apps.

Check out this great resource for parents.

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The Sexting Epidemic

For many teenagers and adults across the country sexting is becoming a normal part of relationships. The sad thing is that these pictures are causing irreparable damage to many of those who send and share these pictures. Pictures are being saved, posted, shared, and used for blackmail. Once you send the picture you no longer have control of where it ends up.  Once the post is out there on the internet you can’t truly delete it.  There is always a trace of what you have posted.

Sexts can stop you from getting a good job, getting into a good college, and other stellar opportunities. For many teens it may seem hard to say no. They think of the person asking as a friend, or boyfriend, and it is more difficult to deal with. They may have said no already and the person persists and pushes to get a nude. There is an awesome app called “Send This Instead” that has precreated responses to say no to a sext request.

Not only are there social consequences, but for those under the age of 18 there are legal consequences. Every state deals with the issue differently, but in many states students can be charged for creation, distribution, and possession of child pornography. There are teens who have been sentenced to jail time, and put on the sex offender registry. A school in Canon City, Colorado is facing a school-wide scandal involving more than 100 students. Check out this story by clicking on the link here.

Talk to you children about the social and legal consequences of sexting. It could change their life.

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4 Min Video: New Texting & Social Media Acronyms Parents Need to Understand

Fox 13 News interviews Utah NetSmartz’ Executive Director, Max Rogers, who provides parents timely and practical advice about the most current ‘encrypted’ acronyms that some teens are using online and via mobile channels to discuss inappropriate topics under the radar of niave parents. Watch the 4 min video below to make sure you are up to date: