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he internet could be quite a dangerous place for children. They have young, fragile minds and can trust anyone. It’s easy for them to get carried away. While the Blue Whale Challenge has already killed many, apps Sarahah and Yellow, which do not monitor the identity of the person on the other side, pose a threat to kids.

Risks involved in using Sarahah and Yellow apps

What happens when you allow a person to send text messages or comment on a social media app in stealth mode? They can get mean and filthy because they are logged as anonymous. This is a red flag for many app users today. The situation is worse when the recipient is underage since they are not in a position to handle the abuse. Read more…

A new study says that poor parenting – or too much parenting – can increase the risk of a child being bullied by his peers.

Child abuse, neglect, or overprotection by parents can increase the risk a child will be bullied, according to research published today in Child Abuse & Neglect. Researchers at the University of Warwick conducted a meta-analysis of 70 studies of more than 200,000 children. Since parental support and supervision are important aspects to preventing bullying, the researchers were particularly surprised to find that overprotective parenting can have adverse effects on children. Parents who try too hard to buffer their children from harm, they assessed, can actually hurt them. Read more…

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42 Apps Spying on Your Kids Without Your Permission

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Something happens the second your baby is born. You’re different; more cautious (read: paranoid) and completely oblivious to the increased number of times you offer to sanitize the hands of friends and family.

Know what else? You make promises you can’t keep, like the time you swore you’d never let your kid use an iPad and then bought one “just in case they got bored” in the car while driving to grandma’s house. Read more…

Why You Need To Care Deeply About Internet Surveillance

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Invading your privacy without your permission is essentially theft, yet it happens every day on the internet and without consequence. Large corporations, law enforcement, the government, and just about anyone who knows how to use the internet, can easily obtain your personal information in a matter of seconds.

It comes as no surprise that anything you intentionally post online can be used to your detriment, but did you know that information brokers are collecting your personal information regardless of what you’ve decided to share yourself? Read more…

What Parents need to know about Sarahah and Yellow Apps

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It’s no secret that technology has become an integral part of society. With the start of a new school year, it seems that new apps are making the rounds.

Between smartphones, their apps, social media, and everything in between, it can be hard to keep up with the latest fad and know how to stay safe.

One such app is Sarahah and is currently topping the charts in app stores. Read more…

K-12 Cyber Tips For Privacy And Security For Back To School

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Students in grades K-12 across the country have already started heading back to school. It seems like summer is never long enough for students and never short enough for parents. While the students were out there’s a good chance their school got a technology make over, after all, many teachers, principals and technology directors spent the summer at conferences like ISTE and the Principal’s Conference. Read more…

New Malware Steals Your Credit Card Info via Text

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Be careful about receiving a SMS message asking you to download files or pictures.

It’s wise not to enter your credit card details into shady-looking apps and websites if you don’t want your details stolen.

But sometimes, not even the apps you know and trust are safe. Read more…

Snapchat Location Features Could Pinpoint Children, Teens

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Snapchat’s newest feature could inadvertently share your loved one’s location. Social media is the way Rio Grande Valley resident Dina Sierra said she connects with her 16-year-old daughter.

“I like making sure of what she posts because everybody does see everything that goes on there. So, it’s important to make sure what’s being posted out,” she said. Read more…

The ‘Yellow’ App that Targets Pre-Teens

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A new smartphone app that specifically targets pre-teens and teens is causing police departments around the country a lot of concern.

The app is called “Yellow”. It’s connected to Snapchat and it’s becoming very popular with kids.

But officials say there’s no age verification for the app, and that means anyone any age can use it to connect with your kid.

Not only are kids sharing their personal information on Yellow, they’re also sharing pictures. Sometimes, inappropriate ones.

The bottom line for parents is to check your children’s phones for dangerous apps and monitor their activity. Read more…