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Cyber Dangers For Parents To Watch Out For In 2017 Part 1

Cyber Dangers For Parents To Watch Out For In 2017 Part 1

“Disappearing” Messaging Apps New Trends

With 158 Million Daily users, Snapchat messenger is one of the most popular apps in the world. It’s “Disappearing” message feature was a key part of it’s early success with users reporting that they felt freer and safer using the app than say Facebook, where they felt their posts would have a longer life and be seen by people they didn’t intend.

The popularity of Snapchat has spawned a whole lot of Snapchat style copy cat apps and encouraged existing messaging apps to “get with the program” and introduce their own “Disappearing” messages and cute filters.  “Disappearing” messages are available in Apple Messenger through their add on apps , Instagram Disappearing live video and messages, Facebook Messenger, and many other messaging apps you have probably never heard of..

Disappearing messages are clearly here to stay, so what should parents do?

Educate your children and teens about only sharing respectable content. Remind them that nothing ever disappears from message apps, all content can be captured and passed on via screen capture if nothing else.

Safer Messaging Apps?

Skype is still one of the safest message apps for families to use, IF you ensure the privacy settings are all set to the strictest settings. For parents of younger children you might like to share an account for supervision, and Skype has less “add ons” than most other message apps.

Apple Messenger now has all sorts of 3rd party apps within it, including disappearing message “add ons” but most kids will use the apple message app just as a straight up message app. My post on Apple Messenger explains where the “Add Ons” are.

Instagram and Snapchat?

  1. Make sure the privacy settings are set so that only their followers can see their snaps and content. It helps protect them from dodgy followers. 
  2. Rated 13+ both apps have 17+ content easily accessible and unblockable. Any child can easily use the discovery features available in either app and come across very adult content. 
  3. All messages can be copied and shared on, don’t rely on the message disappearing. 
  4. Teens that use these apps have to understand the possible repercussions of sharing sensitive or explicit content.
  5. Make sure your teen knows that they can come to you, and SHOULD come to you if they are bullied or approached by a stranger on any app. 
  6. If your child feels they have made a mistake online they need to know they can come and tell you about it without any severe repercussions. 


What Parents Need To Know About iOS10 Apple Messenger App

What Parents Need To Know About iOS10 Apple Messenger App

The latest update to Apple Messages iOS10 has a problem, it now has adult images available within it. Apple are trying to fix it, but in the meantime if your child is using the latest version of the mobile Apple operating system, iOS10 you need to pay attention to the changes and additions within the… Continue Reading

Safer Messaging Apps For Kids

Safer Messaging Apps For Kids

  Messaging apps have given all of us an amazing ability to send messages, pictures and video back and forth without spending money on SMS’s. Children have taken up messaging apps with gusto! They can communicate from their mobile devices without a phone plan using just Wi Fi Internet. But not all messaging apps are… Continue Reading

Is Facebook Messenger Safe For Kids?

Is Facebook Messenger Safe For Kids?

Facebook messenger as a standalone app has been available over a year, but Facebook are now forcing mobile Facebook users to use the standalone app rather than messaging within the mobile Facebook app. Facebook has already phased out messaging through the mobile Facebook app, you now get a prompt to download the New 9.1 Facebook Messaging app… 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

Safety Settings For Kids on Apple iMessage And Skype

Messaging apps are hugely popular. No more paying huge SMS bills, and its fun to be able to text and send emoticons, photos and videos to friends in one to one messaging or in a groups. Kids are using messaging apps now more than ever because of the popularity of mobile devices that they may… 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