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  • 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.

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  • A few days ago I shared how your iPhone keeps tabs on where you are.  Well, Facebook does too.  "Nearby Friends" on Facebook mobile lets friends know that you're nearby. If you have the Facebook app on your phone (iPhone or Android) you have this feature available.  Nearby Friends is an opt-in feature; meaning, it is OFF unless you turn the feature ON. Let’s take a closer look at Nearby Friends, including what it might mean for teens.

    What is Nearby Friends on Facebook?

    A few days ago I shared how your iPhone keeps tabs on where you are. Well, Facebook does too. "Nearby Friends" on Facebook mobile lets friends know that you're nearby. If you have the Facebook app on your phone (iPhone or Android) you have this feature available. Nearby Friends is an opt-in feature; meaning, it is OFF unless you turn the feature ON. Let’s take a closer look at Nearby Friends, including what it might mean for teens.

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  • Did you know that your iPhone keeps a history of all the locations you've visited? This is a feature called “Frequent Locations”.  The iPhone keeps track of the dates you were at a specific location and even how long you were there.  This feature is often overlooked because it takes several clicks to find it.  Here are instructions for turning off Frequent Locations.

    Frequent Locations: Your iPhone knows where you’ve been

    Did you know that your iPhone keeps a history of all the locations you've visited? This is a feature called “Frequent Locations”. The iPhone keeps track of the dates you were at a specific location and even how long you were there. This feature is often overlooked because it takes several clicks to find it. Here are instructions for turning off Frequent Locations.

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  • 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.

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  • Qustodio is a parental control solution for computers and mobile devices.  Full protection is available for PC’s, Mac’s as well as Android devices, with limited controls (web filtering) for iOS devices.   I gave it a test run and found it to be a solid product and good option if you are looking for ways to protect your family online.

    Qustodio Parental Control Software Review

    Qustodio is a parental control solution for computers and mobile devices. Full protection is available for PC’s, Mac’s as well as Android devices, with limited controls (web filtering) for iOS devices. I gave it a test run and found it to be a solid product and good option if you are looking for ways to protect your family online.

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