Here are my very unscientific and unofficial rules for following your tween/teen on Instagram without coming across as too “stalk-y”. These rules (or guidelines really) are what seem to work for me!
This review is a slight departure from my usual topics, as the book “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success” doesn’t specifically deal with digital parenting and technology. The book takes a look at so called “helicopter parenting” and the “checklisted” childhood prevalent in American child rearing. Is the parent’s desire for their child’s high achievement and acceptance into the “right” college hurting or helping children?
Now that I’ve been using iOS family sharing features for a few months, I’m finding it isn’t quite as bad as I thought it would be. I wrote earlier this year about the “Pros and Cons” of iOS Family Sharing. This post builds upon that one, but focuses on one feature in particular that I’ve found useful: location sharing. With location sharing, you can check in on the location of family members, without the need for an additional app on your device or theirs.
VISR is a social media and e-mail monitoring tool that alerts you when there is questionable activity on your child’s social media or e-mail account. Unlike other monitoring tools, you won’t see everything. VISR only alerts you to potentially unsafe activity and not every little detail. Your kids won’t feel so much like you’re stalking them, and you won’t be overwhelmed with too much information.
There is a feature in iOS that lets you share photos with other Apple users nearby. This feature is called AirDrop. It can be a convenient way to quickly share content with friends and family members from one device to another. But it can also be used for more nefarious purposes. Learn how to prevent AirDrop from being used by strangers to send (icky) photos to your device!
Are your kids using these apps?
Sounds like a commercial for a sugary cereal – Kik for Kids! But are all the kids using Kik really kids? Kik Messenger is a free texting app for iPhones, Android, Windows, and Blackberry phones. When I visited the App store, it didn’t take me long to see what the problem is with Kik.
OoVoo is a video chat and messaging app, and is available for iPhone/iPod/iPads and Androids. You can also use OoVoo on a computer (PC or MAC). With OoVoo you can video chat with up to 12 people at a time; you can see four people at once on screen during these video chats. I think this is the feature that kids really like. While kids can use FaceTime on their iPods and iPads, FaceTime only allows for a two-way call. OoVoo will let them have a little video chat party.