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Have You Checked Your Teens’ Phone for the Burnbook App? - McAfee. Every few months a new mobile app surfaces on the social landscape that quickly catches on. And, yes, parent—you need to be aware of what the app looks like, how it works, and how your teen may be using or even misusing it. The latest red flag app that has already been linked to cyberbullying incidents is called Burnbook. Go look for it on your child’s phone. It’s the purple lips app (see app graphic, right) and is quickly catching on as the latest, greatest way to poke fun (and hate) at others via anonymous accounts.

The app is simple. Users can create anonymous accounts on their smart phones, check off their high school (which is listed by name via a geo locator) and proceed to post anything from “jokes, fails, wins, sightings, shout outs, revelations, proclamations, and confessions,” as the app description encourages. Here are a few tips on talking to your teen about Burnbook (and other anonymous apps) in a positive way. • Ask. . • Explore. . • Understand. . • Teach sensitivity. WhatsApp vs Kik Messenger - Safe Smart & Social. What is Instagram? A Parents Guide - Safe Smart & Social.

We created a parents guide for the Instagram app to help you better understand this new and popular app that kids are using. Instagram – Feed What is Instagram? Instagram is a free photo sharing application that allows users to take photos, apply a filter, and share it on the service or a variety of other social networking services, including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr, Flickr, and Posterous. From Crunch Base Instagram is owned by Facebook since April, 2012 Facebook acquired mobile photo sharing app Instagram for approximately $1 billion in cash and stock. From Tech Crunch What’s the age requirement?

Instagram requires users to be age 13 or older per its Terms of Use. From Chicago Now How to start using Instagram? Download the Instagram app on your device.Create an account. From Wiki How Instagram Camera How to post a picture? Tap the middle square button at the at the bottom of the app.Take a photo or choose one from your phone.Edit the picture by adding filters and effects. From Forbes. What is the ooVoo App? A Safety Video by Safe Smart Social. What is ooVoo? OoVoo is one the world’s largest video and messaging apps. With over 100 million users from 130 countries and 54 MM in the US alone, we consider this app to be popular with kids under 25. ooVoo suggests that kids be at least 13 years old to create an account. They also brag that 65% of all users are younger than 25 years old.

Young people prefer ooVoo over other video apps because of its popular features: ooVoo has free video calls – users can video-chat with up to 12 people at a timeFree text messaging – users can send text, pictures and videos to each otherUnlimited free voice calls – users can talk to other users from around the world with no charge for callsPatented SuperClear™ & Superior Audio technology – which allow users to have a high quality picture and sound while they are talking to friends and familyFree screen shareooVoo works on any type of network – 4G, 3G, LTE and WiFi-only devices Steps to setup an account on ooVoo: ooVoo will ask you to: Safe Smart Social sur Twitter : ""What is ooVoo? A Social Media Safety Guide" Cybertip.ca. Alert for Parents Sextortionists Targeting Teens Sept 2014 EN FR. C3P SafetySheet OnlineExtortion fr. Amex canada. NeedHelpNow.ca.

If you are going through a difficult time and experiencing stress as a result of having shared a sexual picture/video, here are a few ideas to help you cope: Remind yourself that you are not alone! Click to expand contents Reaching out and talking to people you trust, such as family and close friends, will help you get through this time. Stay optimistic by focusing on the future! Click to expand contents Although it may not feel like it, remind yourself that this difficult time will pass! It is important for you to speak to a parent/guardian or safe adult about what is going on, and remember that nothing you have done in any way justifies being mistreated, bullied, or harassed by peers. Other ways you can move forward in a positive way: Think about possible solutions to the situation on your own.

NeedHelpNow.ca. Best PSA Ever. When is sharing a sexy photo OK? A federal government lawyer explains Canada's new bill. OTTAWA — As the federal government launches its latest attack on cyberbullying — a public awareness campaign dubbed Stop Hating Online — questions remain about what activities could land you behind bars if and when the centrepiece of its crackdown, a proposed new law on sharing racy photos, takes effect. Postmedia News spoke on background with a Justice Department lawyer about the bill, which would make it a criminal offence to distribute sexually explicit images without a person's consent. Based on that conversation, here are some scenarios worth considering: Remember those topless photos of Kate Middleton sunbathing? If that happened in Canada, could those responsible be charged under this new law? Yes. The photos could be considered intimate images as they were taken at a secluded estate thought to be totally private. I can’t believe those two were making out like that in full view at a party.

It’s a nude public beach! What if I didn't take the photo but merely reposted it? Fair game. 'Whisper' App: Teens Are Having a Blast but Parents May Gasp. Everyone loves a good secret. Tack anonymity to a whisper and the recipe for juicy fun spikes considerably. That’s the premise of the new mobile app, Whisper, a social network where personal “secrets” are shared—and responded to—anonymously. Popular with college students, messages are posted to the service in the form of a meme (image macro), which is simply original text overlaid on a photograph. Here’s how the app works: Each user establishes an account with a chosen nick name and pin number for accessing private messages They can then browse through a public stream of photos with a diverse collection of secrets laid over them.

Users can see who posted the image and respond publicly or privately (via direct message), also using a photo meme. Or, they can scroll through the person’s past secrets to see if there’s a friendship or connection. Many users post their location and you can view a stream of secrets within miles of your own location. Sound a bit covert? Hs the good. The Pros. Share photos and videos on Twitter. Nearly a quarter of seventh graders are sexting – what parents can do about it | Tween Us. Does your tween have a phone? If so, is he/she is sexting? Although most parents find it hard to fathom of their tween sending graphic and explicit messages and photos, a new study in the journal Pediatrics found that nearly a quarter of seventh graders are sexting.

The study included a survey of 410 seventh graders in Rhode Island found that the 22 percent of 12 to 14 year-olds engaged in sexting in the past six months, and those tweens more likely to engage in sexual behavior. Researchers found that girls were more likely to send photos of themselves than boys, which they believe happens because boys may request girls’ pictures more often. What should parents do? * Check your child's text and photo messages and computer usage.

It is likely that they are not, but the policy of "trust but verify" is always in order when it comes to tweens and cell phones. . * Take their phone at night. * Discuss sexting with your tween. There are resources to help parents through difficult sexting conversations: Top10. Workshop on Social Media for Students. 7 Cyber "Don'ts" That Help Keep Kids and Teen Safer Online | Michele Borba.

REALITY CHECK: One survey found that half of three thousand U.S. children surveyed during the previous six months said they or someone they know had been victims or guilty of cyberbullying. Talk to your kids and monitor that computer! Our kids are called the “Net Generation” and for good reason. After all, this is the first group born into the era of Ipods, cell phones, text messaging, websites, podcasts, and blogs. But it’s also caused many a parent to lose a good night’s sleep with images of online sexual predators, pornography, social networking, cyber stalkers and scores of inappropriate sites.

The parenting goal here isn’t about banning your kids’ Internet access. Here are my seven cyberspace “don’ts” from The Big Book of Parenting Solutions to discuss with your kids to help keep them safer online. 1. Do be clear as to which sites are “parent approved.” 2. 3. 4. 5. Don’t give out your passwords to even your closest friend. 6. 7. Michele Borba. What parents need to know about Kik, the messaging app popular with tweens and teens | Tween Us. Kik is an app that is very popular with tweens. It's also not intended to be used by tweens and can be dangerous for kids with sexual predators using Kik to request naked photos or inquire about a tween user's sexual experience.

Here's what parents need to know about Kik, the hugely popular app that has 90 million users. * Kik is an instant messaging app that is similar to texting but users have multiple options of talking with individuals, with groups and within a social networking environment. Users can also use Kik to send photos and files and send greeting cards. It combines texting with a social network. * Users are supposed to be age 13 or older. . * Because of the above, Kik does not have parental controls. * There are reports of lots of graphic images, very sexualized discussions and predator-like behavior taking place on Kik. "Just pause and think about that for a minute. . * There are no records for parents to review and chats are easily deleted.

Police Issue Warning About Child Predators Using Kik App | Indiana's NewsCenter: News, Sports, Weather, Fort Wayne WPTA-TV, WISE-TV, and CW | NBC33 News. August 22, 2013Updated Aug 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM EDT INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHR) -- Police have a warning about a new smart phone app. Cyber cops tell us more child predators are using apps like Kik to contact children, and police are powerless to stop it. Some parents are already outsmarting would-be predators. Cyber cops say your children are not alone on messaging apps like the one called Kik.

Child predators are downloading the free app with high hopes of befriending your kids. "It's hard for parents to see what's going on," said Sgt. Sgt. "We have to be able to be their friends on whatever social media they are on and we also monitor," she said. Sgt. "There is no way they can actually monitor Kik like you can Facebook if you become their friend. The maker of Kik Messenger is based out of Canada, so tracking predator online activity on Kik is almost impossible for cyber cops. Police say the first line of defense comes at home. See tips for making sure your kids stay safe online. The John Howard Society Of Victoria. Creepy app is really creepy. Police Issue Warning About Child Predators Using Kik App | Indiana's NewsCenter: News, Sports, Weather, Fort Wayne WPTA-TV, WISE-TV, and CW | NBC33 News. Privacy expert issues cellphone data caution. Using free wireless networks can leave your personal information — such as where you live, where you work and your banking particulars — open to anyone with rudimentary computer skills, people attending the 15th annual Privacy and Security Conference heard Wednesday.

The theatre at Victoria Conference Centre was packed to hear Derrick Webber of CGI, Canada’s largest IT services provider, give his presentation entitled Gone in 60 Milliseconds: Mobile devices, free Wi-Fi and your data. Cellphones are always “looking” to connect with a wireless network, Webber said following his presentation. “As part of that, they’re broadcasting the name of the broadcast point they’re looking for, such as the name of your home wireless access point,” he said. The locations of all wireless access points are mapped through Google Street View and other Internet sources, he added. “They’re collecting the names of all the wireless access points they drive past and the GPS co-ordinates,” he said. The Healthy Sex Talk: Teaching Kids Consent, Ages 1-21.

10 boys face child pornography charges: What parents need to know about sexting | risk(within)reason. Ten boys between the ages of 13 and 15 were arrested on child pornography charges in Laval (QC) last week, after they were caught circulating sexually explicit photographs of girls their own age. Laval police arrested the boys at their homes early in the morning on allegations that they had been taking the pictures of girls they knew – in some cases their own girlfriends – and trading the digital images amongst themselves.

All of the teens were charged with possession and distribution of child pornography, while two of the boys also face charges for producing child pornography. The whole story is quite exceptional for a number of interesting reasons (click here to hear my discussion with CBC Radio’s Homerun host Sue Smith about this case): There are several things that make this case particularly intriguing. The second interesting thing about this case is the show of force from the police. So what are the prime takeaways here? What do parents need to know? Like this: Like Loading... Cybertip.ca.