This is the PowerPoint I created for the Mom's Expo in Marshall, MN. The topic that I spoke about was Apps/Websites that parents need to know about to keep their child(ren) safe in our social media world.
Snap What? Apps/Websites that Parents Need to Know About! (Marshall, MN Mom's Expo)
Keeping your children safe online
With Kara Damm, Technology Integration
Specialist, former Computer Teacher, Coach, and Mom of
Parenting Tweens & Teens is difficult
Passing “notes” vs. the world
Knowing when to stay it’s off
Do amazing things!
Make our lives easier.
Be a little scary at times.
91% of the 12-to-17-year-olds post selfies
91% share their real name
82% list their birthday
71% share where they live and go to school
60% state their relationship status
53% post their email address
24% post videos
20% post their cell number
8-12 years olds are not typically malicious – they
are more curious than anything.
The curiosity can get them into trouble on the
Kids need to be protected from others and even
Teenagers can be mischievous
Some teenagers will hide things from their parents
because their parents “do not know” technology or
refuse to learn
Teens trick their parents in the following ways:
53 percent = number of teens that clear their browser history to
keep web visits off the record
46 percent = number of teens that close/minimize their browser
when a parent walks near (to hide the web site)
34 percent = number of teens that hide or delete instant messages
23 percent = number of teens that lie or omit discussing details with
parents about online activity
23 percent = number of teens that use a PC their parents don't
21 percent = number of teens that use an Internet-enabled mobile
device that their parents don’t check
20 percent = number of teens that use privacy settings to make
web content viewable only by friends
20 percent = number of teens that use private browsing modes
or proxy web sites (which are free)
15 percent = number of teens that create a private email address
unknown to their parents
9 percent = number of teens that create a duplicate or fake
social network profiles and share one of them with parents
Many of these tricks can be prevented or monitored.
APPS THAT KIDS ARE USING
THAT PARENTS NEED TO
Social Media site where individuals offer
viewers the opportunity to comment and
ask questions –
Ask.FM has been linked to at least 5
suicides in the USA and the UK.
More than 60 million people world-wide
use this site
Most adults don’t realize how addicted kids
are to this app
Allows kids to send self-destructing photos
of themselves or others back and forth.
Most kids use this as a form of Sexting
Most kids prefer SnapChat over normal text
messaging with their peers.
Set a time limit for how long the end user
can view the picture.
However, the end user can download
another app and capture the picture.
Kids think images disappear – they do not.
Community members can submit
photos, links, and stories
Some stories are ok and some are not
Registered users can “vote” the story
up or down to determine where the
story lands on the page
Users meet in a chat room
Chats are a combination of voice, video and instant
Web or SmartPhone
KIK & WHATSAPP
Texting application that is free- looks like a normal
texting app on phone
No age verification for the app
Send text, videos and photos
iPads, iPods, other tablets not just phones
Launched by getting celebrities on
board, teenagers are starting to flock to it
Pheed lets users share videos, photos, text, and
Topped the iTunes Store’s Social Networking Chart
Allows users to share
secrets in the form of
Allows you to chat with
Reveals user’s location
Using to cyberbully
Allows users to create short video clips and upload
the clips to the Vine Server
Some of the stuff out there is pretty silly but of
course, there is some nastier things
Linked to bullying, animal cruelty, video others that
weren’t aware and posting it.
Search by location, tags, users, etc.
Online dating service
Teens like it because it only matches you with
people who like you back and that encourages
Concerning because it only matches you with other
users in your geographic location
Which means the other users may not be kids
WHAT CAN WE DO?
If you are unsure on things, use Google to search
and become informed
Attending sessions like today will help you also
Talk, talk, talk, talk
Discuss the “nothing is private” in today’s social
world. Even if you are texting your BFF they can
always forward that information, take a screen shot
and post it.
Ask to see your child’s
phone, iPad, computer, device, etc. YOU ARE
PAYING FOR IT, you own it!
WHAT CAN WE DO?
I require passwords for my children’s online
This doesn’t mean I constantly stalk them and go
through their accounts
It does tell my children that I trust you enough to have
this device and the certain social media apps but know
that I can and will check in on you to make sure you are
using it correctly
However, my child only has accounts/apps that we
In my opinion, social media is part of our lives. Let
your children (who are legally able to) have
accounts but monitor the accounts.
Cell phones, Internet, Devices, etc = hand over
without a driver’s license
Google your kids. You may be surprised that a
Twitter account you didn’t know about pops up!
FACEBOOK & TWITTER
If your Tweens and Teens have Facebook or Twitter
talk to them about the importance of keeping their
An open profile allows anyone in the world to peer
into their personal life.
It also will haunt them forever.
TAKE AWAY FOR KIDS
Anything we email, text, tweet, video, photograph
can go anywhere at anytime.