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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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  • Like a lot of you, I do some shopping at Target and today I signed up for free credit monitoring.  Target is offering this to their customers following last year’s data breach when hackers gained accessed to credit and debit card information.  While most of us don’t have home computing systems as large and complex as Target’s, we likely store personal and private information on our home PC’s.  What can the average home user do to keep our systems safe? Here are some tips in a guest post from Randy Bunnell, an information security consultant.

    Viruses, Malware, and Hackers – oh my!

    Like a lot of you, I do some shopping at Target and today I signed up for free credit monitoring. Target is offering this to their customers following last year’s data breach when hackers gained accessed to credit and debit card information. While most of us don’t have home computing systems as large and complex as Target’s, we likely store personal and private information on our home PC’s. What can the average home user do to keep our systems safe? Here are some tips in a guest post from Randy Bunnell, an information security consultant.

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  • I finally found it! An answer to the question I've received so many times: “Is there a way to monitor my child’s iMessages on her iPod touch/iPad/iPhone?”   Up until now I did not know of a way, other than checking the device.  And while some phone plans will let you monitor regular “SMS” text messages (sent through cellular service), iMessages are different; they are sent using a WiFi connection, not with a cellular connection.  Here's my review of TeenSafe.

    Monitor your child’s iMessages with TeenSafe

    I finally found it! An answer to the question I've received so many times: “Is there a way to monitor my child’s iMessages on her iPod touch/iPad/iPhone?” Up until now I did not know of a way, other than checking the device. And while some phone plans will let you monitor regular “SMS” text messages (sent through cellular service), iMessages are different; they are sent using a WiFi connection, not with a cellular connection. Here's my review of TeenSafe.

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  • Dating apps.  Rating apps. Hook up apps. Anonymous messaging apps. Sex position apps! When you hand your child a phone, iPad, iPod touch, Kindle or other tablet you are opening them up to a world of apps. There are over one million apps available on the Apple App Store and over one million on Google Play for Android. New apps debut daily.  Yes, there are many educational and child-friendly apps included in those millions, but just as many are not intended for a child or even teen audience.

    Not all Apps are for Kids!

    Dating apps. Rating apps. Hook up apps. Anonymous messaging apps. Sex position apps! When you hand your child a phone, iPad, iPod touch, Kindle or other tablet you are opening them up to a world of apps. There are over one million apps available on the Apple App Store and over one million on Google Play for Android. New apps debut daily. Yes, there are many educational and child-friendly apps included in those millions, but just as many are not intended for a child or even teen audience.

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