Contrary to popular belief and contrary to my previous version of this article, you CAN restrict iMessage on an iPod touch or iPad, if you think your kids are too young for texting. Here are step-by-step video instructions.
Recently I had an interesting discussion on my personal Facebook page. I had shared a picture with my friends – the Mail icon on my phone which showed I now had over 1,000 unread messages.
This started the most spirited discussion I’d had on Facebook for a while. For some friends, seeing that red alert with a large number throws them into a pit of despair – the unread email signifies incompletion and causes stress. Some of us just don’t like to see a visible indication that something is unfinished.
Here are some tips for those who stress out when that red indicator lights up with a growing number of unread messages day after day.
NetSanity has been on my list of parental control products to review for quite some time. It has many of the tools that parents are looking for in their “digital parenting toolbox” to help them with managing screen time and keeping young eyes away from inappropriate content.
With NetSanity you can set a device bedtime, block content by category, enforce safe searching, restrict features such as the camera or taking screenshots, and block specific apps such as Snapchat or Instagram. I was really interested in seeing how that last feature works, because it is fairly unique. Not many parental control services let you block a specific app or game.
Here’s how things went with NetSanity.
When I first heard about the social sharing site Pinterest back in 2012, I couldn’t figure out the name. I kept reading it as Pine-Rest. But then I took a closer look and split it up this way: “pin”-“interest”. Oh, PINterest. As in a place to “pin” (or share) your interests.
When Pinterest first started, all your pins and boards were public and available to anyone viewing Pinterest. I remember a friend who at first thought Pinterest was pretty cool and saved some ideas for furniture and clothing to a few boards. But once she realized that other people – including her Facebook friends – could see what she had saved, she lost interest. If you tweak a few settings, it is possible to maintain some sense of privacy and anonymity while using Pinterest. Here’s how.
Are your kids using these apps?
Have you heard of the After School app? It is like Yik-Yak for high school. Both apps are geared towards students at a school to communicate with each other anonymously. While Yik-Yak is targeted to college students, After School is targeted to high school students. After School was in the news last year due to concerns and incidents of bullying. Unfortunately anonymous apps make it far too easy for this type of behavior to occur.
I wanted to get a sense of what this app is like and how it is being used, so I downloaded the app. Here’s what I found.
Have you seen links to a website called “vsco.co” in your kid’s Instagram profile or that of their friends? If not you might soon and you’ll be like me, wondering, what the heck is VSCO? As is my nature, I immediately clicked the links, visited the website and downloaded VSCO to see what this photo app is all about. There is limited social interaction here, and little in the way of privacy.