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Did You Know: Being actively involved in your child’s digital life will make it easier to spot any red flags that may ar...
03/26/2019
Addicted to Screens: How to Help Your Children

Did You Know: Being actively involved in your child’s digital life will make it easier to spot any red flags that may arise and start a dialog.

According to a recent poll by CNN, 50% of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices while 59% of parents say their teens are addicted to screens. So, we asked 5 experts to share tips parents can use to help their children develop a healthy relationship with screens.

LinkedIn Tip: Students should create a customizable LinkedIn URL as it makes it easy for people to find you.
03/25/2019
Digital Resume Tips for Students from 7 Experts

LinkedIn Tip: Students should create a customizable LinkedIn URL as it makes it easy for people to find you.

Taking your digital resume to the next level is sometimes easier said than done (especially if this is your first resume). So, we asked 7 experts to share their best advice for creating a digital resume that stands out from the crowd.

Did You Know: Live chat rooms are a main feature of Twitch which can be dangerous for tweens and teens.
03/23/2019
What Is Twitch? Parent Guide & Video

Did You Know: Live chat rooms are a main feature of Twitch which can be dangerous for tweens and teens.

No matter how you configure your student’s Twitch security settings, there is no way to know if content is safe for your student unless you become familiar with the platform and review their favorite videos or streamers. However, we recommend students focus on apps that can have a positive impact.

Parents: Consider talking to your children about the dangers of playing with strangers, sharing personal information in ...
03/22/2019
The Negative Effects of Video Games (Parent Guide)

Parents: Consider talking to your children about the dangers of playing with strangers, sharing personal information in chats, graphic video game content, and bullying behavior.

Like most hobbies, playing videos games can be okay 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.

Tip: Parents should be aware of the types of dangers that lurk on each platform their child uses.
03/20/2019
Internet Safety for Kids: How to Talk to Elementary Students

Tip: Parents should be aware of the types of dangers that lurk on each platform their child uses.

Before giving them access to social media or their own device, it’s important to talk about internet safety for kids. Regular and casual conversations can help your student develop healthy screen time behaviors before they even start creating accounts on social media. Get conversations starters an...

A child who’s attached to using their devices will use them anywhere, including during family gatherings. Learn how to h...
03/19/2019
Addicted to Screens: How to Help Your Children

A child who’s attached to using their devices will use them anywhere, including during family gatherings. Learn how to help them develop positive habits:

According to a recent poll by CNN, 50% of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices while 59% of parents say their teens are addicted to screens. So, we asked 5 experts to share tips parents can use to help their children develop a healthy relationship with screens.

Parents: If you have a payment method connected to Fortnite, beware. Kids can buy things while playing that you will be ...
03/17/2019
What Parents Need to Know about the Fortnite Games

Parents: If you have a payment method connected to Fortnite, beware. Kids can buy things while playing that you will be responsible for.

Fortnite is a very popular game that was released in 2017. There are 2 different versions of the game; Fortnite: Save the World and Fortnite: Battle Royale. Fortnite: Battle Royale is the version that is really popular with students. Learn how to keep your children safe if they play Fortnite.

No matter how much you configure your student’s Twitch security settings, there is no way to know if the content is safe...
03/16/2019
What Is Twitch? Parent Guide & Video

No matter how much you configure your student’s Twitch security settings, there is no way to know if the content is safe for your student unless you become familiar with the platform and review their favorite videos or streamers.

No matter how you configure your student’s Twitch security settings, there is no way to know if content is safe for your student unless you become familiar with the platform and review their favorite videos or streamers. However, we recommend students focus on apps that can have a positive impact.

When parents monitor their children’s behaviors, have regular discussions about technology, and enforce screen time guid...
03/14/2019
Addicted to Screens: How to Help Your Children

When parents monitor their children’s behaviors, have regular discussions about technology, and enforce screen time guidelines they will be better equipped to handle any addictive behaviors that might arise:

According to a recent poll by CNN, 50% of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices while 59% of parents say their teens are addicted to screens. So, we asked 5 experts to share tips parents can use to help their children develop a healthy relationship with screens.

Student Tip: Never post something online that they wouldn’t want a college admissions officer or future employer to see ...
03/11/2019
What Is the Lipsi App and Is It Safe for Students?

Student Tip: Never post something online that they wouldn’t want a college admissions officer or future employer to see – even under an anonymous username.

Lipsi is an anonymous feedback app where students can accept anonymous feedback from others. Anonymous apps like the Lipsi app are not safe for students and don’t help them build a positive digital footprint. We’ve seen similar apps removed from the Apple App Store due to cyberbullying.

Did You Know: A high school resume website gives students everything they need to build their high school resume in a di...
03/10/2019
Digital Resume Tips for Students from 7 Experts

Did You Know: A high school resume website gives students everything they need to build their high school resume in a digital format.

Taking your digital resume to the next level is sometimes easier said than done (especially if this is your first resume). So, we asked 7 experts to share their best advice for creating a digital resume that stands out from the crowd.

Parents: Your child may feel ashamed by their social media mistake. You want to be able to see through your child’s eyes...
03/08/2019
Fixing Social Media Mishaps (Tips For Parents & Students)

Parents: Your child may feel ashamed by their social media mistake. You want to be able to see through your child’s eyes and being supportive is the only way to do this.

Social media mishaps are bound to happen but how you react will make all of the difference for your digital footprint, online reputation, and search results. Being prepared is the best method for preventing a mistake. So, we asked 5 experts to share their tips for overcoming social media mishaps.

Parents: Understand that what happens when playing the game with friends can carry over to school (fights and dispute ov...
03/07/2019
What Parents Need to Know about the Fortnite Games

Parents: Understand that what happens when playing the game with friends can carry over to school (fights and dispute over tactics, or who won and who lost).

Fortnite is a very popular game that was released in 2017. There are 2 different versions of the game; Fortnite: Save the World and Fortnite: Battle Royale. Fortnite: Battle Royale is the version that is really popular with students. Learn how to keep your children safe if they play Fortnite.

Did You Know: A study published in 2009 in Psychological Science found that about 8.5% of American youth from 8 to 18 ye...
03/05/2019
What Are Steam Games? (Parent Safety Guide & Video)

Did You Know: A study published in 2009 in Psychological Science found that about 8.5% of American youth from 8 to 18 years old exhibited pathological video game use.

Similar to iTunes, Steam is an online distribution platform for users to buy and play video games. Users get instant access to thousands of games that are available on Steam. Don't let your children play Steam without supervision. Be involved and monitor their activity to keep them safe.

Parent Tip: Encourage your student to not post or look at social media (both while the mistake is being fixed and for fu...
03/04/2019
Fixing Social Media Mishaps (Tips For Parents & Students)

Parent Tip: Encourage your student to not post or look at social media (both while the mistake is being fixed and for future times when they were upset).

Social media mishaps are bound to happen but how you react will make all of the difference for your digital footprint, online reputation, and search results. Being prepared is the best method for preventing a mistake. So, we asked 5 experts to share their tips for overcoming social media mishaps.

This app is not safe for students to use. Learn what to do if your teen has it:
03/01/2019
Mappen App Safety Guide for Parents

This app is not safe for students to use. Learn what to do if your teen has it:

Law enforcement officials are warning parents about the dangers of the Mappen app because it specifically targets younger students.

Did You Know: Some of the first warning signs that your child is addicted to screens include a loss of creativity for ac...
02/28/2019
Addicted to Screens: How to Help Your Children

Did You Know: Some of the first warning signs that your child is addicted to screens include a loss of creativity for activities without technology.

According to a recent poll by CNN, 50% of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices while 59% of parents say their teens are addicted to screens. So, we asked 5 experts to share tips parents can use to help their children develop a healthy relationship with screens.

Did You Know: Students can come across inappropriate content either through graphic video games, mature language, or adv...
02/26/2019
What Is Twitch? Parent Guide & Video

Did You Know: Students can come across inappropriate content either through graphic video games, mature language, or advertisements on Twitch.

No matter how you configure your student’s Twitch security settings, there is no way to know if content is safe for your student unless you become familiar with the platform and review their favorite videos or streamers. However, we recommend students focus on apps that can have a positive impact.

Did You Know: Video games work hard to hook players. Designers use predictive algorithms and principles of behavioral ec...
02/25/2019
What Are Steam Games? (Parent Safety Guide & Video)

Did You Know: Video games work hard to hook players. Designers use predictive algorithms and principles of behavioral economics to keep fans engaged.

Similar to iTunes, Steam is an online distribution platform for users to buy and play video games. Users get instant access to thousands of games that are available on Steam. Don't let your children play Steam without supervision. Be involved and monitor their activity to keep them safe.

Parents: Help your children discover other activities they might like that don’t involve technology.
02/23/2019
Addicted to Screens: How to Help Your Children

Parents: Help your children discover other activities they might like that don’t involve technology.

According to a recent poll by CNN, 50% of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices while 59% of parents say their teens are addicted to screens. So, we asked 5 experts to share tips parents can use to help their children develop a healthy relationship with screens.

Twitch is a live streaming video platform owned my Amazon that is predominantly used to live stream users playing video ...
02/21/2019
What Is Twitch? Parent Guide & Video

Twitch is a live streaming video platform owned my Amazon that is predominantly used to live stream users playing video games. Learn how to keep your children safe on the popular platform:

No matter how you configure your student’s Twitch security settings, there is no way to know if content is safe for your student unless you become familiar with the platform and review their favorite videos or streamers. However, we recommend students focus on apps that can have a positive impact.

Parents: Before giving your student access to a new game, ask them to explain why they want to play it. Then, spend some...
02/20/2019
The Negative Effects of Video Games (Parent Guide)

Parents: Before giving your student access to a new game, ask them to explain why they want to play it. Then, spend some time playing the game on your own and decide if it is safe for your family to play.

Like most hobbies, playing videos games can be okay 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.

Teach your children that video games are only to be played in moderation (and, best of all, as a family). For more tips,...
02/18/2019
The Negative Effects of Video Games (Parent Guide)

Teach your children that video games are only to be played in moderation (and, best of all, as a family). For more tips, read our blog post:

Like most hobbies, playing videos games can be okay 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.

Parent Tip: Before giving your student their own device, teach your children that schools are looking for students who w...
02/17/2019
Internet Safety for Kids: How to Talk to Elementary Students

Parent Tip: Before giving your student their own device, teach your children that schools are looking for students who will be active and productive, and how you appear on social media needs to show that off.

Before giving them access to social media or their own device, it’s important to talk about internet safety for kids. Regular and casual conversations can help your student develop healthy screen time behaviors before they even start creating accounts on social media. Get conversations starters an...

Students: Avoid posting online when you are upset.
02/15/2019
Fixing Social Media Mishaps (Tips For Parents & Students)

Students: Avoid posting online when you are upset.

Social media mishaps are bound to happen but how you react will make all of the difference for your digital footprint, online reputation, and search results. Being prepared is the best method for preventing a mistake. So, we asked 5 experts to share their tips for overcoming social media mishaps.

Twitch is the leading live streaming video service for video games in the US. Meaning it is very popular with students. ...
02/14/2019
What Is Twitch? Parent Guide & Video

Twitch is the leading live streaming video service for video games in the US. Meaning it is very popular with students. Learn how to keep your children safe:

No matter how you configure your student’s Twitch security settings, there is no way to know if content is safe for your student unless you become familiar with the platform and review their favorite videos or streamers. However, we recommend students focus on apps that can have a positive impact.

Parents: If you decide that Bitmoji is safe for your family, consider sitting down with your children and creating a Bit...
02/13/2019
What Is the Bitmoji App (Owned by Snapchat)? - Smart Social

Parents: If you decide that Bitmoji is safe for your family, consider sitting down with your children and creating a Bitmoji together.

Owned by Snapchat’s parent company, the Bitmoji app lets users create a cartoon avatar or “emoji” that looks like themselves. Learn how to keep kids safe.

Did You Know: Some security experts warn that giving 3rd party keyboards access to your device’s data can put your priva...
02/12/2019
What Is the Bitmoji App (Owned by Snapchat)? - Smart Social

Did You Know: Some security experts warn that giving 3rd party keyboards access to your device’s data can put your privacy at risk.

Owned by Snapchat’s parent company, the Bitmoji app lets users create a cartoon avatar or “emoji” that looks like themselves. Learn how to keep kids safe.

Parent Tip: Through having open communication with your children, they will trust that you won’t revoke internet privile...
02/11/2019
Internet Safety for Kids: How to Talk to Elementary Students

Parent Tip: Through having open communication with your children, they will trust that you won’t revoke internet privileges if they come to you with something that makes them uncomfortable or confused.

Before giving them access to social media or their own device, it’s important to talk about internet safety for kids. Regular and casual conversations can help your student develop healthy screen time behaviors before they even start creating accounts on social media. Get conversations starters an...

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