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The “Bathroom Vandalism Challenge” on TikTok encourages students to cause destruction in their school’s restroom. Schools across the country are reacting and asking for help from parents and guardians to help stop this trend.
More than 1 billion users worldwide are logging on to share photos, videos, and stories. Is Instagram safe for your students? Read the Smart Social Guide to Instagram for Parents.
Yik Yak is an anonymous messaging app that allows users to see messages of others within 5 miles of their current location. It was originally launched in 2013, discontinued in 2017, and is again available in 2021.
The negative effects of social media on teens and tweens can be obvious for parents and educators, but there are rarely discussions about the positive impact of social media. Here are 22 ways social media can have a positive impact on students.
Minecraft is often described as a virtual version of LEGO, but with various modes and chat features, there are some dangers parents and educators should be aware of. Learn how Minecraft works and how to make it safer for students in this app guide.
Roblox, a user-generated online gaming platform, offers millions of games created by users. It's targeted to kids ages 8+. This safety guide will help parents keep their students safe on Roblox.
Like most hobbies, playing videos games can be safe in moderation. However, younger students who have not yet developed the ability to self-regulate their behavior need guidance and support to develop those skills. Learn the negative effects of video games and how you can protect your children.
Parents: should you be following your kids on social media? The Smart Social team consulted with 24 experts and they all agree-- yes! So how can parents keep their kids safe online and encourage good digital behavior without being too intrusive? Read our article to learn more.
Snapchat is extremely popular among teens. It’s also widely regarded as dangerous among law enforcement. Teens can have a lot of fun using the photo and video messaging app, but there are some major privacy and safety concerns we want parents to know about.
When parents set a positive example of online behaviors, have open discussions about the unrealistic standards social media can promote, and help students honor their accomplishments with gratitude, they can help their children avoid the negative effects of social media on mental health.
The TikTok app is a social network for making and sharing short videos. It's now the top most downloaded app in the world. There are a number of parental controls parents should be aware of - in addition to many safety and privacy concerns.
The Byte app lets users make and share short video loops. It launched in late January 2020 with a lot of online hype about its similarity to its predecessor, Vine. The Byte app's popularity is now skyrocketing as TikTok's future comes into question.
Discord is a free voice, video, and text chat app for gamers. Even though the Discord Chat app has built-in safety features, it’s important for parents to be aware that the app can still be dangerous for students. Learn how to keep your family safe on the Discord app.
The Zynn app is a new Chinese-owned TikTok copycat app that pays people to watch videos and refer friends. This Zynn app guide explains how the app works and why there are lots of privacy, data, and safety concerns for young users.
The Netflix app allows users to stream or download popular movies and shows from a mobile device. Learn how to use the app’s new parental controls here.
RSPH and the Young Health Movement published a report called #StatusOfMind, which examines the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health. Snapchat is ranked as the second worst app for teen mental health. In this video, learn the negative effects of Snapchat for teens and tweens.
Signal is a free private messaging app that promises privacy for users through end-to-end encryption. Users can text and make phone calls and video calls using the Signal app. This guide will tell you if the Signal app, which is widely used among security experts, is safe for your kids.
The TextNow app turns any wifi connected device into a phone with its own phone number, even if the device doesn’t have a phone plan. There are several reports of predators using the app to target victims, so we created this parent guide to help you keep your kids safe.
The Text Me app offers free texting, calling, and additional phone numbers. In our experience, students will download apps like this so that they can hide their activity from their parents. Additionally, the Text Me app offers location sharing features which can be incredibly dangerous for students.
The Tango app is a social network and messaging app for phones or tablets that uses geo-location. Learn why the Tango app is so dangerous, how predators use the app, and what you can do to keep your child safe if they have the app.
We sat down with two safety experts so that they could share their advice on how to make Instagram and Snapchat safe for children. Learn how you can teach students to search for themselves online to see what colleges see, how to start a dialog about social media, and more.
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Students will learn how to set up TikTok to create a positive online image and shine online. If students learn how to use TikTok in a positive way–and why it matters–they will impress future colleges/employers.
In this course, parents will learn how to navigate Instagram while students will learn to improve their search results using Instagram. If students learn how to use Instagram in a positive way, they will impress future colleges/employers
Social media can be positive. Learn a three-step plan to create your positive online presence and intentional social media practices.
In this course, parents and students will learn about the dangers of online video games and how to safely navigate Roblox, Minecraft & other non-violent video games.
Families in this course will learn how to set realistic phone rules that make sense for your family. You will leave with a signed document outlining rules and consequences.
Learn how set up Pinterest to create a positive online image and Shine Online in this course. If students learn how to use Pinterest in a positive way –and why it matters–they will impress future colleges/employers.
Learn how setup Twitter to create a positive online image and Shine Online. If students learn how to use Twitter in a positive way–and why it matters–they will impress future colleges/employers.
In this course, we'll go over how to navigate Fortnite, Overwatch, Call of Duty & other violent video games.
Learn parents can set up safety features on iPhones, Androids, iPads, Chromebooks, Amazon Fire, and more. This course is perfect for parents and students.
Get a cursory overview of TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Netflix, Discord, Twitch, iPhones, Androids, and more. Bring your students to this live/replay event so they can learn together. 45-60 minutes with Q&A
Parents and educators learn the negative effects of giving your student their first smartphone (and what you can do to keep them safe online). Also, learn more about the Gabb Wireless Phone and how it works.
Students and parents will learn how to set up LinkedIn to create a positive online image and Shine Online. If students learn how to use LinkedIn in a positive way–and why it matters–they will impress future colleges/employers.
We teach students to find a purpose online, go over social media tips and reminders, and share how colleges search for applicants.
In this social media workshop students & parents will learn how set up Facebook to create a positive online image and shine online. If students learn how to use Facebook in a positive way–and why it matters–they will impress future colleges/employers.
Learn how to use Snapchat in a positive way. We'll talk about the repercussions of using Snapchat without a purpose, how to use Snapchat, and what features to turn off immediately.
This course walks SROs and Law Enforcement professionals through the top 100+ apps they need to know to keep students safe, and dangers to protect their community.
In this video for educators, Josh Ochs will explain 25 dangers educators need to know about social media to help keep students safe online.
Learn about the negative effects of social media and how students, parents, & educators can reduce the impacts.
Josh shows students how to use social media to create a portfolio of accomplishments that impress colleges and employers.
A password manager creates and stores unique passwords across every website or account you have. Cybercrime is everywhere, even if you don't see it. Keep your family safe by putting all your passwords in one place.
Our anti-bullying curriculum gives students a vocabulary to help each other. Parents and educators watch videos that help them spot bullying before it happens, help others, and deal with bullies if they are a victim.
Watch these videos to help students learn how to spot bullying before it happens, help others, and deal with bullies if they are a victim.
Learn how to search for yourself on Google, how colleges will use Google to supplement applications, and how to find deleted apps on a smartphone.
Download Digital Citizenship Techniques Version 2.0 now. Fully revised in 2021, the book features tips from 192 experts and 223 contributions to help parents and educators learn how to keep students safe on the internet.
In this course, parents will learn how to navigate YouTube while students will learn how to safely use YouTube. If students learn how to use YouTube in a positive way, they will impress future colleges/employers.