Category Archives: Dangerous Apps

Apps that are potentially dangerous for younger users.

“Dating” App Tinder Changes Age Restriction To 17+ On iTunes

“Dating” app “Tinder” has had their age restriction increased on the iTunes app store. It was previously 12+ it has now been increased to 17+ as have many other “Dating” apps on the iTunes store recently. There has been quite a bit of negative publicity around Tinder lately in regards to teenagers using it to meet… Continue Reading

Instagram Is NOT Safe For Kids!

Instagram is a lovely app….for adults.  Yes it’s available for teens aged 13+ but here’s the thing. Instagram is really a search engine for billions of images. Your child can search for anything on Instagram, cats, celebrities, dogs, funny photos and ….porn. Instagram is also a photo sharing and messaging app. For cyber savvy parents… Continue Reading

Vine Video Enables Video Messages

Important: Enable Your Privacy Settings On Vine! The popular video sharing app Vine has recently released an update, Vine now includes private text and video messaging between users and non users. Instagram has had private photo or video messaging for a few months, so it’s not surprising that Vine has now launched the same option.… Continue Reading

How To Set The Safe Search YouTube Filter On Mobile Devices

How To Set The Safe Search YouTube Filter On Mobile Devices

Updated with new settings November 2015 Note: YouTube is now rated 17+ on iTunes. The Terms Of Service still say 13+ with adult permission, but they recommend use by only over 17 year olds due to the adult content that YouTube hosts. See YouTube Terms And Conditions and the screen shot below.  Handing your young… Continue Reading

To Ban Or NOT to Ban Dangerous Apps For Kids?

To Ban Or NOT to Ban Dangerous Apps For Kids?

  Recently there was a story on another parenting site, questioning whether parents should ban smart phones or certain apps for their children, the expert quoted in the story suggested that banning an app won’t work. While I respect the authors expert opinion, it’s not the first time I’ve heard this type of advice for… Continue Reading

ABC Newcastle Interview With Caron Duncan On Apps On Mobile Devices

ABC Newcastle Interview With Caron Duncan On Apps On Mobile Devices

Listen below to Leonie speaking with Carol Duncan on ABC Newcastle September 2013. Apps on mobile devices / smartphones -Gen X parents need to get up to speed. By @_leoniegsmith ow.ly/jZ2BE — ABC Upper Hunter (@ABCUpperHunter) September 19, 2013   Continue Reading

Kik Messenger And Peer Group Pressure

This post is going to rub some people up the wrong way. I’m going to say something that many parents haven’t considered, or something that they don’t want to consider when making choices about the internet for their child….This post is about caring about other families kids online. If you think this post is too… Continue Reading

Facebook Is NOT For Kids!

Facebook Is NOT For Kids!

  An 8 year old boy saw porn on Facebook….     With more and more parents allowing their underaged kids to have Facebook accounts, this type of exposure will probably be occurring thousands upon thousands times a day. Most parents I speak to who allow their underage children access to adult apps either simply… Continue Reading