Internet Safety

Internet Safety
Posted on 11/12/2014
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Including an explanation of popular Social Media Apps

Know a child?  Have a child?  Need to know more about being safe on SOCIAL MEDIA?


Setting Restrictions for an Android. 

Click here for directions.

Setting Restrictions for an iPhone. 

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Setting Parental Controls in iTunes for music, apps, or movies. 

Click here for directions.

 Two apps your children should 

NOT have: 

Snap Chat and Yik Yak!

Parents’ Guides From ConnectSafely

Common Sense Media offers parents information about all media. 

Some information on some popular apps:



Snap Chat

Snap a photo or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend. They’ll view it, laugh, and then the Snap disappears from the screen – unless they take a screenshot! 

The Snappening: over 200,000 nude Snapchat images leaked

Oct. 10, 2014

Yik Yak

However, where both Whisper and Secret are geared towards users posting confessions or confidential information, posts on Yik Yak tend to be more humorous and light-hearted in nature: pop culture updates, one-liner jokes.

Yik Yak utilizes geolocation tools which limit user interactions to others within a 10 mile radius.  You may post anonymously. 

Whats App

GROUP CHAT: Enjoy group conversations with your contacts. Add or Remove group participants, change group subject and set a group icon. PERSONAL: Set a profile photo which will be shown to all your contacts.   NO NEED TO LOG IN/OUT: No more confusion about getting logged off from another computer or device. * OFFLINE MESSAGES: Even if you miss your push notifications or turn off your iPhone, WhatsApp will save your messages offline until you retrieve them during the next application use.
* Share location and places.

*Send Pictures and videos.


Show your personality. Set up a username that’s unique to you. With Kik, you never have to share your phone number.  Connect on your terms. Kik’s special features let you manage your conversations, so you always decide who you talk to Do more than chat. Find and share games, music, celebrity gossip and more – without ever leaving Kik.  Whether you’re into games, music, celebrity news, or just chatting, Kik is the place to hang out!  You are suppose to be 17 years old to register.


Omegle is an app for meeting new friends. When you use Omegle, it picks another user at random and let you have a one-on-one chat with each other. Chats are completely anonymous, although there is nothing to stop you from revealing personal details if you choose to.  Talking with strangers without having to register for the app.


Whisper is the best place to express yourself online. Connect with likeminded individuals, and discover the unseen world around you. With Whisper, you’re free to anonymously share your thoughts with the world, and build lasting, meaningful relationships in a community built around trust and honesty. Create and publish your whispers to a real time stream for instant social interaction.  Connect with others with FREE private messaging. Respond to other Whispers with your own anonymous Whispers .Discover Whispers from around the world. Known as “confessions.”


With ooVoo you can make FREE video calls, voice calls, and send text chats to easily connect with friends and family. ooVoo is the highest quality video chat app, beating other leading brands of video chat hands down. Start a free group video chat with up to 12 people on 3G, 4G, LTE and Wifi and experience the best quality video and audio. Over 100 million people are on ooVoo, it’s easy to sign up, and easy to find your friends! is the #1 app for social Q&A that lets you explore your friends’ personalities by asking them to answer smart, interesting and fun questions about themselves. It’s entertaining, completely easy to use and you can quickly connect using your Facebook, Twitter or VK login.




Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology.  We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives. Common Sense Media helps families make smart media choices. We offer the largest, most trusted library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for movies, games, apps, TV shows, websites, books, and music.  Our Parent Concerns and Parent Blog help families understand and navigate the problems and possibilities of raising children in the digital age.

My Mobile Watchdog

My Mobile Watchdog Parent Dashboard makes it easy to monitor and manage your child’s mobile phone activities from your iPhone or iPad. This extension of the powerful My Mobile Watchdog application enables you to monitor your child while on the go. Requires the My Mobile Watchdog Child app installed on your child’s phone.$44.99 Annual Subscription or $4.99 a month.  Monitors your child’s texts, blocks certain apps, sets times for usage, and uses track location.