Here’s a tip for parents who are worried about kids using up all their data. You can restrict apps so they’ll only function when using a WiFi connection. This method is also useful if you use a parental control solution at home that only works when using your WiFi – make sure the kiddos can’t bypass by switching to 3G on their phones. I’m not sure why I haven’t thought of this before! Maybe others have and you already know – but if not here’s how you do it.
Last year I mentioned Periscope, Meerkat, and YouNow as three apps that parents should be familiar with. At the time, Meerkat (now defunct) and Periscope were fairly new. People using the apps at that time were the early adopters. But now, live streaming has gone mainstream, especially now that Facebook is in on the action with Facebook Live. And, live streaming is attracting a younger audience due to live.ly, from the makers of popular app musical.ly. It’s important for parents to be aware of these apps and services due to the risks involved with live streaming.
Contrary to popular belief and contrary to my previous version of this article, you CAN restrict iMessage on an iPod touch or iPad, if you think your kids are too young for texting. Here are step-by-step video instructions.
Recently I had an interesting discussion on my personal Facebook page. I had shared a picture with my friends – the Mail icon on my phone which showed I now had over 1,000 unread messages.
This started the most spirited discussion I’d had on Facebook for a while. For some friends, seeing that red alert with a large number throws them into a pit of despair – the unread email signifies incompletion and causes stress. Some of us just don’t like to see a visible indication that something is unfinished.
Here are some tips for those who stress out when that red indicator lights up with a growing number of unread messages day after day.
Are your kids using these apps?
musical.ly is an app for creating and sharing short videos. First introduced in 2014, musical.ly has become popular with the tween and teen set in their never-ending pursuit of popularity and fame, social likes and validation. Plus, it’s fun. While you can have a private account, most kids don’t. Here’s what parents should know about musical.ly.
Have you heard of the After School app? It is like Yik-Yak for high school. Both apps are geared towards students at a school to communicate with each other anonymously. While Yik-Yak is targeted to college students, After School is targeted to high school students. After School was in the news last year due to concerns and incidents of bullying. Unfortunately anonymous apps make it far too easy for this type of behavior to occur.
I wanted to get a sense of what this app is like and how it is being used, so I downloaded the app. Here’s what I found.