Here are my very unscientific and unofficial rules for following your tween/teen on Instagram without coming across as too “stalk-y”. These rules (or guidelines really) are what seem to work for me!
Here’s the scenario – you’re sitting in the bleachers at your daughter’s basketball game. Her younger sister is sitting next to you and says “Mommy, I’m bored. Can I play a game on your phone?” You hand over your iPhone and the little one starts happily playing Angry Birds. You go back to watching the game. Next thing you know, she’s closed out of Angry Birds and all your apps are rearranged. Argh! Here’s how to use Guided Access in iOS to lock down a device to one app.
Happy New Year! I hope you’ve all had a great start to 2016. I wanted to start off the year with this list of technology mistakes I’ve made. Yes, even those of us with a lot of technical know-how make mistakes. The important thing about mistakes is how we overcome them. From e-mail to Instagram to parental controls, these have all been learning opportunities and I figured I’d share them with you. Maybe I can help prevent someone from making the same mistakes I have and in turn make your life a little bit easier.
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.
What can we do about sexting? Will monitoring help? A common question parents have – and an ongoing debate within the comments section on many of my articles – is whether or not to monitor their kids’ internet and phone activity.
Are your kids using these apps?
Sounds like a commercial for a sugary cereal – Kik for Kids! But are all the kids using Kik really kids? Kik Messenger is a free texting app for iPhones, Android, Windows, and Blackberry phones. When I visited the App store, it didn’t take me long to see what the problem is with Kik.
OoVoo is a video chat and messaging app, and is available for iPhone/iPod/iPads and Androids. You can also use OoVoo on a computer (PC or MAC). With OoVoo you can video chat with up to 12 people at a time; you can see four people at once on screen during these video chats. I think this is the feature that kids really like. While kids can use FaceTime on their iPods and iPads, FaceTime only allows for a two-way call. OoVoo will let them have a little video chat party.