App Reviews

It's hard to keep up with apps that your kids are using. Here you'll find reviews of popular apps such as Snapchat and Instagram, along with others you may not have heard of such as Omegle and Whisper. You'll also find reviews of apps that are helpful and useful for kids, teens and adults.

Live video broadcasting apps Meerkat, Periscope, and YouNow – okay for kids?

Example of topics streaming on YouNow

Here are three apps all parents should have on their radar. Meerkat, Periscope and YouNow are apps used to live-stream video from your phone. More than just recording videos and sending them, with these apps you hit “record” and people can watch you – live. Sound a little scary? A little voyeuristic? A little narcissistic? I thought so too! I downloaded all three to see what they were all about and yes, there are many kids and teens broadcasting their lives.

New Snapchat feature called Discover adds to teens’ media consumption

Snapchat discover

Snapchat has added a new feature called Discover, which delivers curated content from the likes of CNN, ESPN, People, and Cosmopolitan. Between Discover and the previously added Stories, Snapchat is moving beyond its origins as a disappearing messaging app. Snapchat Discover includes some questionable content for the young teen audience.

Whisper App – another anonymous sharing app parents should know about

Whisper logo

I hope that you never find Whisper on your teen’s phone. I could end this article right here! But that wouldn’t be too helpful. If you haven’t heard of Whisper, it is an anonymous sharing app where you can divulge your deepest, darkest secret to an audience of unknown people, and voyeuristically read and respond to their confessions.

Vacation Planning Apps, Tips, and Tools

Vacation Planning Apps

Is a tech-free, screen-free vacation possible? As our family gears up for a summer road trip, this question has come to mind. I like the idea of completely un-plugging while on vacation. But at the same time, we are using a number of apps and sites to plan our trip, and will also rely on a few while out on the open road.

Snapchat changes: Chat, Stories, and No, they never really disappeared!

snapchat

Seems like the creators of Snapchat have had a change of heart recently. And perhaps this change was not so much out of the kindness of their hearts, but in reality a “mea culpa” due to FTC charges that Snapchat delivered false promises of forever-disappearing photos. So what does this mean to the many tweens and teens who use Snapchat? Everything shared online, has the potential to stay online, despite claims to the contrary.