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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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Top 4 Questions We Get From Parents

Since the beginning of Be Socially Smart, parents have asked many questions in regards to their kid and social media/technology. Below we have summed up the four biggest questions we commonly get from parents just like you: What age is appropriate? Perhaps the biggest question we get from parent revolves around “what age is appropriate…

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Keep Your Kids Safe on YouTube

With billions of videos being viewed per day, YouTube is currently rated #1 in the Apple App store under the Photo & Video category. It is globally popular due to its videos, music and live streaming. According to the App’s description, “Make watching your favorite videos easier with the YouTube app. Explore brand new content,…

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Netflix: What Parents Need to Know

With cable and satellite prices continually rising, many people are switching over to a much affordable way of viewing/streaming entertainment. Some of these streaming services may include Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Video, Sling, Twitch, etc. But the number one streaming service out there, by far, is Netflix. History of Netflix Founded in 1997, Netflix has strived…

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New IOS 12: New Features Parents Need To Know About

If you’re an Apple user, chances are you have already downloaded and played around with the biggest new update, IOS 12. IOS 12 has many new (and updated) features that Apple users can enjoy and use on their devices. But perhaps the most significant update, especially for parents, is the new Screen Time feature!  …

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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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Back To School: Are You Digitally Ready?

One of the biggest things on the mind of every parent right now is that school is just around the corner. For some, you’ve been counting down the days; for others, you’re trying to soak up all the last moments with your kid as you can. Either way, parents are in prep/transition mode of getting…

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Because They’re Watching YOU: Digital Role Modeling

Do you remember the age-old game of Follow the Leader? It’s pretty simple: someone chooses a leader, and everyone in the group has to do/go wherever the leader wants to do/go. I remember this game being a lot of fun…if you were the leader! But let’s be honest: this game is a lot like real…

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Instagram Update: New Video Chat Feature

If your kid has an Instagram account, chances are they have run across or have used the new Video Chat feature that made its debut in late June. Video chats, also known as Video Calling, have become very trendy recently. Other platforms have entered, or will soon be entering, into the video calling features this…

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