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Tbh? An Anonymous App That Is Actually Kind? Social Judo Reports

A number of apps like YikYak and Sarahah have shed light on the issue of anonymity granted to social media users that often results in fierce cyberbullying. Finally, a developer came up with something that hopes to make teens and tweens feel better about themselves, instead of worse. The app is called Tbh (abbreviation for to be honest) is huge among teens and tweens right now and it didn’t take long for it to climb to the top of the chart in the App Store. Any new app that beats the usual chart toppers like Facebook, Snapchat, and Gmail, must […]

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KIK Messaging App: A mother’s Story

This could be any parent’s story, which is an unfortunate reality in cyberspace today, but this mom’s story is about her 12 year old daughter, the messaging app KIK, and online predators. The mom, who requested to remain anonymous, said that she keeps tabs on her children, always knows where they are and who they are with, and checks their mobile devices frequently. While reviewing her 12-year-old daughter’s online activity, she came across screenshots of conversations in the messaging app KIK. What she read sent her into an emotional tailspin. As she scrolled through the ipad’s camera roll, she read […]

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Social Judo Reports on the Messaging App “Whisper”

WYOMING: A 41-year-old man is accused of trying to initiate sexual contact with a 15-year-old girl. Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty is advising parents to take an active role in supervising their children’s activity of social media sites and messaging apps. Authorities allege he used an app called Whisper, which allows for the anonymous sending of text, picture and video messages, to meet up with a teenager and try to engage her in sexual contact. UTAH: A 27- year-old man was arrested after officers reportedly found he was using a mobile app to entice underage girls to have sex […]

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Instagram: The Worst App For Cyberbullying?

Kids today love technology. One of the most popular ways for teens to communicate with their friends and to let others know what is going on in their lives is through Instagram. Instagram is an online photo sharing and social networking site that is hugely popular. In addition to sharing photos, users can record and share videos up to 15 seconds in length. Scientists from Ditch the Label, an anti-bullying charity, conducted a study to determine how social media can cause anxiety among youth. Ten thousand people, aged 12 to 20, were surveyed on cyberbullying and Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, YouTube […]

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Is Periscope Safe For Your Child?

Periscope is not a good idea for kids. Right before I sat down to write this, I went to Periscope’s site and I was shocked. I did not create an account, I did not log in, I did not need to use my email address, I did not need to verify my age. One of the first live videos that popped onto my screen was of two young teenagers (14-15 year olds) live streaming from a bedroom in France. They were simulating oral sex. The boy was inserting his finger into the girl’s mouth while she licked it, making sounds […]

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What Parents Need To Know About Sarahah, The New Anonymous App Trending Among Teens and Tweens

Parents, you need to know if your child is using the popular app Sarahah, and here are 7 reasons why: Sarahah allows users to send completely anonymous comments to other users, with no way for the recipient to reply or for them to know who sent the message. (Anonymity, when it comes to social media and teenagers, is a recipe for cyberbullying.) Users cannot respond to messages but they can “favorite” messages. Sarahah users can link their account to their Snapchat account. The name Sarahah means “honesty” in Arabic and after spreading throughout the Arab world, it is now on […]

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Why do Teens and Teens Take Dangerous Online Challenges Like Blue Whale?

Why do teens and tweens take these dangerous online challenges? You all see it as parents, and many of you might fall into the allure of numbers of “likes” and “friends” on social media just like teens and tweens do. This generation of kids are driven by social media, often addicted, and getting more depressed and anxious every day. Who is most susceptible to engaging in online challenges like Blue Whale? While there is no exact profile of the kids who have been involved so far, the most vulnerable youth are particularly at risk. It has been reported that the […]

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Snorting Condoms? 5 Popular Challenges Parents need To Know About

Snorting condoms, yes indeed, that is what teens are up to today. The risks they will take to get ‘likes’ online is getting more and more insane. It doesn’t seem to matter how smart or popular a teenager is or what kind of family they come from, many are putting themselves at risk, taking part in senseless challenges and dares that are floating around YouTube and social media. It is the popular thing to do: to put salt and ice on your body, take a snapshot and post the burns. Experiencing how it feels to have someone choke you out […]

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Blue Whale Challenge: What Every Parent Needs To Know

The game that has got parents worried in Brazil is called Baleia Azul, a direct translation of the original Russian name, Siniy Kit, or Blue Whale. The name apparently comes from a song by the Russian rock band, Lumen. Its opening lines are, “Why scream when no one hears what we’re talking about?” Believed to have started in Russia, and now migrating to other regions of the world, Blue Whale is a social media challenge that encourages teens and tweens to perform specific tasks over the course of 50 days. The game administrators specifically target 10-14 year-olds and the only way […]

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Smartphone Hacking and Cyberbullying: One Family On The Run

Disturbing indeed. Cyberbullying has jumped to the next level. Yesterday, I heard a story about a family from a small town in Massachusetts. Two siblings and their parents were victims of cyberbullying via hacking, and the perpetrators? They were two middle school kids. What they did is shocking. These tech-savvy tweens hacked into each mobile device and laptop owned by this family of 4. The hackers, again, middle school kids, got control of the families smartphones and laptops and were then able to access the cameras on each of those devices. They took pictures of the victims without them knowing […]

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