Is someone telling your child to TDTM? Police reveals the sexting codes every parent MUST know to keep teens safe (Daily Mail)

Police have issued parents with a ‘sexting dictionary’ of code words teenagers use to secretly exchange explicit messages and photos.  Worried officers have figured out that teens have a sinister new language as part of KPC (Keeping Parents Clueless).  Police fear many families would not what was going on if they found letters such as WYRN or P911 or LMIRL, MOS, TDTM or IWSN on a kid’s phone.  But they really mean What’s Your Real Name, Parent Alert, Let’s Meet in Real Life, Mum Over Shoulder, Talk Dirty to Me, and I Want Sex Now. (read more)

How to Set Up Apple Family Sharing

Your best line of defense for preventing undesirable apps from making it to your child’s iOS device.  Family Sharing makes it easy for up to six people in your family to share each other’s iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases without sharing accounts. Pay for family purchases with the same credit card and approve kids’ spending right from a parent’s device. And share photos, a family calendar, and more to help keep everyone connected. (link to instructions)

Toxic Apps Launches YouTube Channel

You can now see the most popular teen apps in action.  The Toxic Apps YouTube channel gives parents a chance to see exactly how some apps work and the content their child is exposed to when using these apps.  The most graphic videos are edited to distort some of the subjects.  WARNING – several of the videos cover very graphic subjects (drugs, sex, etc.) and should not be viewed in the presence of minors.  Keep in mind that several videos are from apps that as supposedly ok for children 13 and older (if you choose to trust the terms of service provided by the developer). Continue reading

7 Reasons Instagram is a Good Starter Social Media App for Teens

by Barry Crutchfield (ToxicApps.com) “Our goal is to make Instagram a friendly, fun and, most importantly, safe place for self expression,” said Instagram’s head of public policy, Nicky Jackson Colaco, in a statement to The Washington Post.

Instagram is the most popular photo sharing app in history and is an excellent place for your teen to begin using social media.  As a parent, I like Instagram for 7 specific reasons: Continue reading