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  • Last week I talked about using Safety Mode in YouTube.  But what if you want to block YouTube completely on your child's iPod touch or iPad? Here are updated instructions for restricting YouTube (both the YouTube app and the YouTube website) in iOS version 6 or above.

    How to Restrict YouTube in iPod touch and iPad

    Last week I talked about using Safety Mode in YouTube. But what if you want to block YouTube completely on your child's iPod touch or iPad? Here are updated instructions for restricting YouTube (both the YouTube app and the YouTube website) in iOS version 6 or above.

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  • Seems like all the kids these days like to search on YouTube for music videos, cute kitten videos, Minecraft videos, and just about every other kind of video. Some are instructional, some are educational, some are entertaining but many are just not okay for kids.  Can parents prevent their kids from seeing inappropriate content on YouTube?  Well, sort of.

    YouTube Safety Mode

    Seems like all the kids these days like to search on YouTube for music videos, cute kitten videos, Minecraft videos, and just about every other kind of video. Some are instructional, some are educational, some are entertaining but many are just not okay for kids. Can parents prevent their kids from seeing inappropriate content on YouTube? Well, sort of.

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  • 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.

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  • A friend contacted me looking for some advice for keeping track of her daughter’s cell phone activity.    Her teen is very active on her phone (not a big surprise!), and like many parents she had a few concerns and wondered what kinds of tools might be out there.  I pulled a list together based on services I have either reviewed or bookmarked to review at a later date.  I realized that Be Web Smart is lacking a list of resources for parents who want to monitor mobile activity.  So here you go!

    How to monitor your teen’s phone

    A friend contacted me looking for some advice for keeping track of her daughter’s cell phone activity. Her teen is very active on her phone (not a big surprise!), and like many parents she had a few concerns and wondered what kinds of tools might be out there. I pulled a list together based on services I have either reviewed or bookmarked to review at a later date. I realized that Be Web Smart is lacking a list of resources for parents who want to monitor mobile activity. So here you go!

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  • 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.

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  • Apple unveiled their new operating system, iOS 8.  This update is due for release in the fall for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch.  There are many new features but a few in particular that parents will want to learn about.  At the top of that list is the answer to many of our prayers: the ability to remove yourself from a group iMessage!  And the new family sharing feature has great potential for those with multiple Apple devices in the home.

    The solution to unwanted group iMessages on the way with iOS 8

    Apple unveiled their new operating system, iOS 8. This update is due for release in the fall for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch. There are many new features but a few in particular that parents will want to learn about. At the top of that list is the answer to many of our prayers: the ability to remove yourself from a group iMessage! And the new family sharing feature has great potential for those with multiple Apple devices in the home.

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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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