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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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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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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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Top Monitoring Apps for Parents and Families

In case you haven’t noticed, or somehow you missed it, we are living in the digital age. Welcome! Welcome to the age of everything at your fingertips. With technology constantly changing, yet continually growing more popular and widespread, parents are living in an extremely stressful age. In fact, two of the greatest fears parents feel…

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tbh…Also Known As “To Be Honest”

TBH is a social media app that is becoming very popular. It stands for “To Be Honest”  and with over 5 million downloads and 2.5 million active users, it has gained quick popularity with tweens and tweens. How it works: To log in, your kid has to share their location and contacts. This is a…

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Important Instagram Update to Combat Cyberbullying

We are thankful that Instagram is taking steps to combat cyberbullying.  We encourage you to take these steps to protect your kids. Step one: Make sure you have updated Instagram to the latest version. Step two: Go to Settings and scroll down to comments: Step Three: Click Enable Keyword Filters Step Four: Click on both…

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Let’s Talk Snapchat

All Things Snapchat

What is it? Snapchat is a social media-messaging app that allows you to exchange video, pictures, and text that disappears after a short amount of time. The most popular age range of Snapchat users is 12 to 22 years old, and 80% of teens use Snapchat. The Positives Being creative with your snaps, posts, stories,…

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