See info below on some current news concerning apps and technology.
Watch our Swatting video and learn how to talk with your kids about this issue.
Calling for a SWAT team unnecessarily can be expensive, dangerous, and deadly. –CBS
Swattings can cause serious disruption and property damage. –New York Times
[Swatting] isn’t just a prank gone awry but something that is really despicable behavior and diverts some of our nation’s most important first responder assets away from serious crimes. –NPR
The Marco Polo app is a video instant messaging app that encourages users to find their friends who already use the app by requesting access to the user’s phone contacts. Learn what you can do to keep your student safe if they have this app.
There’s a phenomenon in social media/online games called “Swatting.” It’s when someone makes a prank call to emergency services in an attempt to dispatch armed police officers to a particular address. Learn why swatting is dangerous and what you can do as a parent to keep your student safe.
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RSPH and the Young Health Movement (YHM) have published a new report, #StatusOfMind, examining the positive and negative effects of social media on young people’s health. Learn how social media can negatively effect children’s ability to sleep, trigger anxiety, increase body image issues, and what you can do to help.
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The Private Photo Calculator% app allows students to hide photos and videos behind a calculator app What is the Calculator% App? The “Private Photo (Calculator%)” app is designed to help students hide photos and videos behind an innocent looking calculator app This application looks like a calculator but entering a passcode opens a private area […]
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The Look app is a free messaging app that combines live video with text messaging. We made this app guide to inform parents, since some users have reported that it can be difficult to delete your Look account and that it’s easy for strangers to message you on the app.
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See what students, parents and educators say about this presentation: Are you a parent who understands the negative effect social media apps can have on your child’s future?
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