An internet trend that baffles most parents isn’t slime or even unboxing videos. It’s livestreaming: when people broadcast themselves live over the internet. Even more baffling? When our kids become obsessed with watching these videos, which can be anything from gamers like Ninja playing Fortnite to a Russian talk show to a guy in China doing his homework. With over 15 million daily visitors and 2 million live broadcasts happening at any given time, the internet’s reigning champ of livestreaming is Twitch TV. But ... why? For those who are passionate about a topic, livestreams offer something you can’t get anywhere else: in-the-moment action, the potential to interact with celebrity livestreamers, and a shared experience with other diehard fans of whatever it is you’re into, whether it’s Mortal Kombat or the hair-raising sounds of ASMR. So is this engaging, unpredictable platform OK for kids, or is the content bad enough to make you twitch? Check out … [Read more...] about Everything parents need to know about Twitch TV
What parents need to know about snapchat
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........Bernadette Miller’s son Chuckie had seemed an unlikely victim of drug addiction, as my Dec. 3 column explained. He had doting parents, a comfortable life, a happy childhood and dreams for the future, and yet he was dead at age 21, despite his parents’ efforts to save him once they learned he had a problem.My friend cried when he read the column because his daughter, a high school freshman, had a problem, too.ADVERTISEMENTSkipHe cried because he feared that some day his daughter might die just like Chuckie.“I just read today’s column with tears in my eyes,” my friend wrote. “We are losing our fight (so far) to save our daughter.”Like Chuckie, his daughter has enjoyed a good childhood and a comfortable life. She is popular and pretty and smart, and his … [Read more...] about Drugs, death and parenting in a Snapchat world
ALAMEDA, CA — It's no secret to concerned parents that social media exposes kids to cyber bullying. You already know about Instagram and Snapchat, but what other apps should raise alarms for parents? To mark "National Stop Bullying Day" on the second Wednesday in October, the Alameda Police Department released a list of apps that parents should monitor because they "can potentially expose children to inappropriate content, create a space for bullying/harassment, or can introduce children/teens to strangers." Police highlighted these trending apps and encouraged parents to actively monitor their children's activity: live.me; whatsapp, notepad vault, meetme, kik, yolo, tik tok, whisper and discord. Here's why police say you should monitor each of these apps — Alameda Police recommend the following tips to parents: Approve every app on your child's phoneStay educated on popular apps for teensEstablish strong privacy settings within each appTalk with children about appropriate … [Read more...] about Social Media Bullying: Apps Parents Should Know About
First, parents worried about their children being approached by predators at grocery stores and on playgrounds. Then the threat moved online via shady profiles on social media. Now, authorities say, some phone apps have opened even more channels of communication between adult predators and minors -- including some video games like Fortnite and Minecraft. Earlier this week, in announcing the arrests of 24 alleged predators, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal warned the public that people looking to take advantage of young teens and children have more options to do so than ever due to the ever-developing landscape of internet communication. "It is a frightening reality that sexual predators are lurking on social media, ready to strike if they find a child who is vulnerable," Grewal said in describing how the 24 suspects were attempting to lure and elicit sex with teenagers. Some of the apps N.J. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal warned parents about monitoring. (Michael … [Read more...] about Predators are using Fortnite to lure kids. Cops say parents need to worry
BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Brandon Police are investigating a Snapchat explicit photo blackmail scheme -- a case that highlights the concerns and ignorance of parents when it comes to the social media app. Our Dom Amato spoke with investigators from the Chittenden Unit for Special Investigations about tips to start the conversation. Authorities say they were alerted about a boy on Snapchat requesting nude photos of girls who attend Otter Valley Union High School. Police say if the girls refused, the boy threatened to post pictures he already had of them. Police say the suspect had already published a nude photo of a young woman from another school district. Many adults may still be asking themselves -- so how does Snapchat work? "Pictures I think? And something about disappearing, but I don't really know how it works," said Wendee Chesser from Florida. "And everything just disappears in just six seconds, or six minutes?" said Nina Gaby of Brookfield. The social media app allows users … [Read more...] about Police: Have you talked with your kids about Snapchat safety?