App Review Archive

  • I think we’d all agree that one child abduction per year is one too many. Sadly, there were over 258,000 child abductions in the United States in 2011. One recent case was that of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year old who was kidnapped on her way to school in 2012 and murdered.  The Lassy project app, a child tracking system, was inspired by Jessica’s story.  The Lassy app uses the power of a village of neighbors and community members who can receive an "escalated" alert about a possible missing child.

    Keep your kids and community safe with the Lassy App

    I think we’d all agree that one child abduction per year is one too many. Sadly, there were over 258,000 child abductions in the United States in 2011. One recent case was that of Jessica Ridgeway, a ten-year old who was kidnapped on her way to school in 2012 and murdered. The Lassy project app, a child tracking system, was inspired by Jessica’s story. The Lassy app uses the power of a village of neighbors and community members who can receive an "escalated" alert about a possible missing child.

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  • 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.

    Do You OoVoo? Maybe your kids do!

    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.

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  • It takes two to Tango, but with the Tango app you can tango with up to 50 people at once.  Tango is a messaging app, similar to popular apps like Kik and WhatsApp.  Tango seems to have about a billion features, and describes itself as the "all-in-one" social networking app. With over 160 million registered users, it’s quite possible your teen may have heard of or is using Tango.

    What is Tango? Is Tango okay for Kids?

    It takes two to Tango, but with the Tango app you can tango with up to 50 people at once. Tango is a messaging app, similar to popular apps like Kik and WhatsApp. Tango seems to have about a billion features, and describes itself as the "all-in-one" social networking app. With over 160 million registered users, it’s quite possible your teen may have heard of or is using Tango.

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  • This isn't an article warning of the dangers of using Ask.fm; you can find that online already.  I wanted to offer some advice to parents whose teens already use this service. If you read some of the articles on the web and say "no way!" that is totally understandable! These are simply suggestions for settings to use if you should decide it's okay for your teen to continue with ask.fm. As a parent you know your kids best and set the rules you are comfortable with.

    Ask.fm settings for Safety and Privacy (to the extent that is possible)

    This isn't an article warning of the dangers of using Ask.fm; you can find that online already. I wanted to offer some advice to parents whose teens already use this service. If you read some of the articles on the web and say "no way!" that is totally understandable! These are simply suggestions for settings to use if you should decide it's okay for your teen to continue with ask.fm. As a parent you know your kids best and set the rules you are comfortable with.

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  • Instagram just introduced Instagram Direct, which is a way to send pictures or videos privately on Instagram.  This is a welcome feature, but with any new feature, there may be questions: Can I share with someone who I am not following? Can someone I am not following share with me? I thought this would be a good time for a quick Instagram primer for parents who don’t use Instagram but want to understand how it works.  I’ll highlight the areas that parents will want to pay attention to.

    Parents’ Guide to Instagram

    Instagram just introduced Instagram Direct, which is a way to send pictures or videos privately on Instagram. This is a welcome feature, but with any new feature, there may be questions: Can I share with someone who I am not following? Can someone I am not following share with me? I thought this would be a good time for a quick Instagram primer for parents who don’t use Instagram but want to understand how it works. I’ll highlight the areas that parents will want to pay attention to.

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  • When a friend asked me about Keek, I thought they were asking about Kik, the messaging app.  But Keek isn’t Kik and Kik isn’t Keek.  Keek is a social media site and app focused on sharing short video clips.  Think Facebook, but with video updates instead of text or photo updates. And oh yeah, little to no privacy.  You may not have heard of Keek, but with 24 million users and growing, your tween or teen may be "keeking" already.

    What is Keek?

    When a friend asked me about Keek, I thought they were asking about Kik, the messaging app. But Keek isn’t Kik and Kik isn’t Keek. Keek is a social media site and app focused on sharing short video clips. Think Facebook, but with video updates instead of text or photo updates. And oh yeah, little to no privacy. You may not have heard of Keek, but with 24 million users and growing, your tween or teen may be "keeking" already.

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