Blog

Along with the rise and now-nearly universal usage of smartphones and mobile devices, there has also been a huge increase in the popularity of Instant Messaging (IM) platforms, especially among young people. The strict definition of an IM is a platform designed to allow users to send and receive text messages instantly, but over the years the lines have become blurred between instant messaging apps and social media platforms, and the functionality of IM apps has also expanded to include…
Wednesday, 14 December 2016 03:45

Teens, Preteens and the Dangers of Social Media

The popularity of social media platforms continues to increase, especially among young people. Most teenagers have at least one profile on a site such as Facebook or Twitter where they can post messages, photos and videos to share with friends. These platforms (as most adults already know, since we use them extensively ourselves) are a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, and can be highly entertaining and somewhat addictive. In fact, when being perfectly honest, most…
In an age where children and teens face so many dangers online (cyberbullying, sexual predators, exposure to pornography and inappropriate content, etc.) many parents have wisely opted for installing monitoring software on their kids’ smartphones, tablets and dIn an age where children and teens face so many dangers online (cyberbullying, sexual predators, exposure to pornography and inappropriate content, etc.) many parents have wisely opted for installing monitoring software on their kids’ smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. Parental monitoring apps, such…
Friday, 13 November 2015 00:00

Sexting and the Law

Many parents these days are justifiably concerned about “sexting” - the sharing of nude photos or other sexually-oriented material over the internet. It’s become an alarmingly common practice among teens (and even preteens!), who tend to have a rather nonchalant attitude about it. It’s so widespread that most kids see it as a normal and harmless activity.Aside from whatever perceived moral implications there are and regardless of how shocking or inappropriate it may seem to parents, most sexting probably is…
For as long as teenagers have roamed the Earth, they have found ways to keep secrets from their parents. This is natural behavior, but in this day and age it’s important to make an effort to monitor your child’s online behavior, partly because there are so many dangers lurking on the internet (cyber bullies, sexual predators, bad influences, inappropriate content) and partly because nothing gives you a better window into a child’s world than his or her activities on their…