Technology Tuesday: App Alert - House Party

Welcome to a house party in a whole new way!  It’s the new app teenagers have been talking about in my counseling office.  Basically, it’s an app where you can video chat with up to 8 friends at once.  As a side note, while video chatting 8 friends, you can text one (or several) friends in particular.  It’s enough to make your over-30 year-old head spin…but not theirs!

House Party can be an innocent way to connect with multiple friends at once.  But, as always, we want to be educated, as adults, and help the kids we love be informed.  The primary concerns about the House Party app...

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Technology Tuesday: App Alert - Sarahah

Here we go again…a new social media app that is taking the teenage technology world by storm.  And, according to the kids (and parents) who have been talking about it in my office, it’s a pretty sad and hurtful storm.

It’s called Sarahah, which means “honesty” in Arabic.  It was released in June of 2017, and it purports to help you “discover your strengths and areas for improvement by receiving honest feedback from your employees and your friends in a private manner...

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Technology Tuesday: The Companion App

An App for College Kids…or anyone who might need someone to walk them home...

Over the past month, I’ve seen countless photos on social media of friends dropping their college freshmen off—in cities faraway surrounded by people they hardly know.  I am sure every parent drives off those campuses filled to the brim with lots of hope, and more than a little fear...

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Technology Tuesday: Yellow

Technology Tuesday’s are our commitment to let you know the latest trends affecting the kids we love as soon as we hear—particularly, those apps we believe you should be concerned about.  The latest of those is “Yellow.”  It’s referred to as “Tinder for teenagers,” which is currently one of the most popular dating apps, designed for adults (but, of course, now being used by teenagers, too).  

On the App Store, Yellow boasts “more than 7 million users are making new friends everyday on Yellow!  Join the community right now.  Yellow is an easy and free way to make new friends and chat with them.”  Yellow offers the ability...

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Technology Tuesday: 5 iPad Apps for Social & Emotional Learning

We are always looking for creative ways to support kids developing emotionally and socially.  That’s the heart of our new book, Are My Kids on Track?.  Anytime we can use technology to our advantage, it’s a win win.  Check out these five iPad Apps designed for supporting social and emotional learning in children.

 

 

Technology Tuesday: App Alert - Monogram Lite

It’s amazing how easily our kids can find their way to content we don’t want them to see.  We can’t say enough how important it is that we check out what they’re wanting to install on their phones and gadgets…and not just glance at, but really explore.

A mom came up to me at a recent conference warning me about an app called Monogram Lite.  She said her daughter downloaded it and it appeared harmless.  Basically, it’s an app that lets you put your monogram on different designs and images…

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Technology Tuesday: Asterisks and Affection

“I wasn’t sure how I could help, but what I really wanted to do was hug him.”

But not just hug—it was more like *hug*.  

“What does the asterisk mean?”

“It’s when the role play starts.  I wanted to hug him, so when I typed asterisks, it was like I virtually hugged him.  And then things took a bad turn from there..."

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Technology Tuesday: Disney Circle

When we’re teaching on Taming the Technology Monster, one of the most common questions is…so what do we do? Thankfully, there are many great programs out now to help safeguard our kids’ hearts and minds when it comes to Technology.  We try to write about them regularly on Technology Tuesday’s!  

The issue with filters and monitoring services is wanting something that can take the hassle out of it for you.  It’s just hard to find time to be on top of technology, while the kids around us seem to find all of the time in the world.  So, we do our best to take the guesswork out of it at raisingboysandgirls.com and help you find your way to helpful, safe, user-friendly platforms to protect your home and family...

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Technology Tuesday: Musical.ly App Update

I was teaching a class on Taming the Technology Monster last month, when the subject of Musical.ly came up.  If you haven’t come across it before, see our recent blog about the app that has taken the elementary and middle schools by storm!  

We do have an update that a kind woman at my seminar told me about that she referred to as “quite dangerous.”  The app that enables you to create your own music video and share it now has a streaming component...

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Technology Tuesday: bitmoji

Want to surprise your teenager?  Use your own bitmoji!

We’re always advocates of staying ahead of the game with your kids in terms of technology.  It’s no easy task.  That’s why we have Technology Tuesday’s…to keep you in the know so you can keep your kids safe.  And, from time to time, we want to keep you in the know so you can have a little fun with your kids...

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TECHNOLOGY TUESDAY: SkinneePix

I spend a lot of time with girls talking about their bodies…body image, body weight, body size, as well as the body image, weight, sizes of the girls surrounding them at school.  Of course, as a counselor to girls, this is one of the issues that plague them the most.  Now, in the age of selfies and snapchat, they are constantly uploading pictures for all of the world to see.  But how many selfies do they actually take before it’s the right “selfie?”  How do they angle their elbows in just the right way?  Position their heads?  Do anything that can make them look a few pounds lighter or a few inches thinner?  Anything that can make us look the same? (We’re guilty, too…)

As always, our tech friends have stepped up to the plate with an answer...

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Technology Tuesday: App Alert - Secret Mobile Apps

A lot of attention has been given by the media recently for what are referred to as secret mobile apps.  They’re apps like Snapchat and Whatsapp, where pictures and texts disappear after being seen.  But they’re also apps in which users can hide photos and messages.  And they’re tricky to find.  

One such app is called Private Photo (Calculator%).  According to the iTunes store, “Private Photo (Calculator%) app is private photos and videos hidden behind calculator...

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Technology Tuesday: App Alert - The Companion App

A New App for College Kids…or anyone who might need someone to walk them home

Over the past month, I’ve seen countless photos on social media of friends dropping their college freshmen off—in cities faraway surrounded by people they hardly know.  I am sure every parent drives off those campuses filled to the brim with lots of hope, and more than a little fear. 

College students are still finishing out their adolescence.  They are still entrenched in what psychologists refer to as a “personal fable.”  You remember it.  That will never happen to me.  Other kids have car accidents when they drive too fast.  Other kids on other campuses have things slipped in their drinks, but it wouldn’t happen to me.  Nothing will happen if I…It’s no big deal...

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Technology Tuesday: What Parents Need to Know About Minecraft

Rarely does a day, much less a week go by, that I don’t hear something about Minecraft from a boy in my office.  Minecraft is incredibly popular amongst many young kids in this day and age.  Here’s a quick and useful for guide for parents in understanding the world of Minecraft from the great folks at Common Sense Media. 

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Technology Tuesday: 9 App Alerts!

We recently came across an article that outlined some of the scariest apps out there for kids today.  We’ve talked about a few of these on past Technology Tuesday’s.  But we think the information merits repeating.  

Here’s the skinny on these apps and some great conversation starters around them, from our friends at crosswalk.com.

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