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Free Messaging Apps: What Parents Need to Know

At any point, if you look at the top trending social networking apps, you will find many free messaging apps that are sweeping the top 20. To name some of the current, popular ones: WhatsApp, Houseparty, WeChat, Line, Telegram, KakaoTalk, TextNow, etc. Why are these types of apps trending? A few reasons to mention: Everyone…

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App Alert: Walkie-Talkie

Last week, the Walkie-Talkie app spiked to a top 10 placement in two different categories: Social Networking and Top Free Apps. What is Walkie-Talkie? Walkie-Talkie was developed back in October of this year and has quickly become widely popular due to its capability to talk back and forth with your friends for free (there is also…

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GroupMe Cyberbullying Concern

One of the biggest fears parents have in letting their kid/teen be on social media is the risk of cyberbullying. “Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person.” –Kids Health Though there are different types of cyberbullying, today we wanted to highlight one that has recently surfaced in a…

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App highlight: Tik Tok

Tik Tok

When it comes to top trending apps that our tweens and teens have actively used over this past year, musical.ly is one of the most popular. But back in late 2017, musical.ly was bought out by one of their main competitors, Tik Tok…a similar, but much more popular music video/social media platform based in China.…

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End the Screen-time Battle with this Monitoring App

Are you the type of parent that struggles with getting your kid off their phone? Do you seem to have ongoing issues with getting your kids to do their chores, outdoor activities, or anything else that doesn’t involve their phone? Do you wish to have just a little bit more control over how much time…

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Top Trending Apps—June 2018

With new apps continually being created, it can be very challenging for parents to keep up with all that their kid is doing on their phone. It seems like every couple of weeks a new app starts to trend among our tweens and teens. That’s why here at Be Socially Smart we will keep you…

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Reddit

Reddit…This website seems to be popping up in the news often and is a highly popular social media feed for many.   Reddit calls itself the “Front page of the Internet”. If you see something going viral on Twitter or Facebook, more than likely it started on Reddit. Because of its popularity, it’s an app…

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Pinterest

Although most pins on Pinterest are pretty clean, there is some “not-for-kids” content that teens may happen across (pins that include nudity in the tattoo category, for example). They will definitely find concerning content if they intentionally search for it. In some instances, Pinterest links to other sites, and some of those sites may contain…

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House Party

House Party is a live video chat app that allows multiple people see each other at one time. You add friends from your contacts or connecting with your Facebook friends. You can also search by a known username. The danger is you can type in inappropriate words and find users who are willing to be nude…

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Wishbone

Wishbone is a comparison app that asks you to choose between 2 choices. Examples, “Are they hot or not?” or  “Who wore it better?” Users can create original questions. They do forbid sexual content but it can be asked without getting caught. the rating on the app is 17+ but they don’t verify your age.…

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