This is a review of Google’s new YouTube app for kids, called YouTube Kids. The app is a kid-friendly version of YouTube that shows only age appropriate videos. There are parental control features included such as the ability to set a time limit for viewing.
PocketGuardian is a parental control service for Apple devices such as iPhones, and Android smartphones. PocketGuardian is different from some other solutions. It analyzes your child’s texts and social media posts and only alerts you when it detects a potential problem, such as cyberbullying or sexting. This way, you can address issues without feeling like you are prying completely into your child’s online life. For those who want the least intrusive monitoring method, Pocket Guardian is a good solution. PocketGuardian is also one of the only services that can monitor Snapchat.
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.
I couldn’t let the month of March go by without acknowledging Be Web Smart’s birthday! Yes, back in March of 2012 I created this website and published my first article. Well, some posts had been written previously on a personal blog I had back then, so those were backdated to 2011. But March 2012 was the official beginning of Be Web Smart so it seems like a great time to reflect.
Over the last four years I’ve published nearly 150 articles, and I’m highlighting ten of them here. These aren’t just articles with the most “hits” or page views. Some were added early on before I had a wider audience, so if you’re new, you might not have seen them. Some generated a lot of comments and conversation. And a few I just enjoyed writing and wanted to share them again – hope you enjoy them too!
I spent the last month or so using Circle by Disney, a parental control device used to manage internet activity on all devices in your home. Yes, all devices. Well, I should say all internet-connected devices. Which is a lot of them – computers, laptops, phones, tablets, gaming systems – if it connects to the internet, Circle can help you manage it.
I found Circle to be simple to install, easy to use, and would recommend it to any family seeking a little bit of sanity in a multi-device multi-user household. Sure, there are some things that Circle can’t do, and I’ll talk about that. But there is so much that Circle CAN do.
Are your kids using these apps?
Have you seen links to a website called “vsco.co” in your kid’s Instagram profile or that of their friends? If not you might soon and you’ll be like me, wondering, what the heck is VSCO? As is my nature, I immediately clicked the links, visited the website and downloaded VSCO to see what this photo app is all about. There is limited social interaction here, and little in the way of privacy.
Flinch is an app by the makers of OoVoo. The premise of this app sounds fun – it’s basically the digital version of a staring contest. The first person who smiles, loses the game. While the technology behind the app is impressive, parents should know that kids using Flinch can stare down with complete strangers.