App Review Archive

  • 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.

    Whisper App – another anonymous sharing app parents should know about

    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.

    Continue Reading...

  • 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.

    Vacation Planning Apps, Tips, and Tools

    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.

    Continue Reading...

  • 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.

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

    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.

    Continue Reading...

  • I mentioned Yik Yak in my recent post "Not all Apps are for Kids".  This anonymous messaging app is back in the news again due to a story on the Today show. Here are a few things parents should know about this popular anonymous messaging app that is popular on college campuses, but also wreaking havoc in high schools across the country.

    Yik Yak anonymous messaging app

    I mentioned Yik Yak in my recent post "Not all Apps are for Kids". This anonymous messaging app is back in the news again due to a story on the Today show. Here are a few things parents should know about this popular anonymous messaging app that is popular on college campuses, but also wreaking havoc in high schools across the country.

    Continue Reading...

  • 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.

    Continue Reading...

  • 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.

    Continue Reading...