Happy New Year! WordPress was kind enough to prepare a year-in-review report for me so I thought I’d share some of the information with you. I also want to say a big THANKS to all of you who are reading this! When it comes to keeping our children safe online, a community of concerned, informed and engaged parents is the best defense. I hope to continue to provide you all with information in the coming year that will help you in this regard.
This year I published 27 new articles. About 1.6 million visitors from over 200 countries viewed approximately 2 million pages on the web site. I’ve added over 400 of you to the mailing list which now reaches 830 people. Facebook fans grew by about 375 followers, and I also established Be Web Smart on Twitter and Pinterest. I hope that the articles you receive help keep you informed and confident with your digital parenting.
Here’s a recap of the 5 most-read articles this year.
- What is Kik? And is Kik okay for Kids?
- How to Distance yourself from a Facebook friend without Unfriending
- What is Omegle? Is Omegle okay for kids?
- How to view your Facebook profile as someone else
- Two iOS 7 features Parents will Love (The two features are Filtering adult content and Blocking users in Group iMessages)
Interestingly all of these articles were published in 2012 or 2013. Some topics just seem to have staying power. Kik and Omegle are apps that you would definitely want to take a look at if you find them on your teen’s phone, along with SnapChat and Ask.fm. New entries into that category include YikYak and Whisper. These anonymous messaging/sharing apps caused quite the stir this year. While some apps come and go in popularity, some seem to have staying power, such as Instagram. I’ll be sure to keep you all informed of the newest apps on the horizon in 2015.
One of the more popular articles published this year was a review of TeenSafe, a service you can use to monitor iMessages. It is clear that parents continue to struggle with methods to monitor kid’s screen time, app consumption and device use. In addition to TeenSafe, I also reviewed Qustodio Parental Control software. I am currently testing a few other products and services so I can review them for you next year.
So once again, thank you for your continued support of Be Web Smart! I appreciate every time an article is shared or mentioned either online or in conversation with other parents. Happy New Year and here’s to a safe and healthy year ahead.