Learn more about hosting a Digital Citizenship Assembly at your school. Here are the few apps SmartSocial.
The internet can be a dangerous place for teens. When used wisely with our social media formula, these apps will help your students adjust their Google results to create a portfolio of positive online accomplishments. This service is designed to make reading fun, boost reading confidence, and encourage creativity.
Parents can utilize Amazon Rapids to start a dialog with their children. That being said, Josh Ochs believes Facebook is a great place to start a positive online footprint. This information is often visible for college admissions officers, and future employers when they search for them. Watch our Facebook App Guide Video. Facebook Messenger Owned by Facebook Age: We suggest for parents to add their students on Facebook and to monitor who they are adding as friends.
Watch our Facebook Messenger video. Instagram Owned by Facebook Age: Instagram became very popular, and so Facebook bought them. Parents should know that Instagram also has private messaging feature which some students can use instead of texting.
Students can post from a mobile device but not a desktop. Josh Ochs Special note: We have an app guide for that lower on this page. Watch our Instagram video. LinkedIn Owned by Microsoft Age: It is an important tool for teens who want to improve their Google results when applying to college. It is the best place to start an online image to impress colleges and future employers.
Watch our LinkedIn video. The website and Medium app can be a great place for students to highlight their thought leadership on topics relevant to their industry, major, hobby, or passion. Watch our Medium video. They can use Pinterest to find studying tips, DIYs and more.
Kids can have fun on Pinterest but know there can be some adult content on the network, so parents should be close by to observe activity. Watch our Pinterest video. Presentations like these can help students create a positive digital footprint. Although the app is for educational purposes only, presentations can contain inappropriate content and explicit images.
Watch our Prezi video. Twitter is a place where students feel they can diary their feelings, not realizing their Tweets are tied to their identity and able to be seen by colleges and employers. When a student is ready to be online, we suggest they consider Twitter but share very positive and constructive content on the network.
They should leave negative talk to texting and phone calls. Watch our Twitter video. YouTube Owned by Google Age: Parents should know that if your student is under 13 years of age they should be present when their kids are watching videos on Youtube, since some content can be worse than late night HBO. YouTube also has a multitude of educational videos you can learn from. Watch our YouTube video.
Students can connect with each other on the app, based on interests and passion. Profiles can be made private and unsearchable online, so that only those with the link will be able to see them. The college admissions process can become overwhelming, especially if your student wants to showcase extracurricular activities such as sports, drawing, or dancing. This app offers students the chance to showcase their passions for their college application. Watch our ZeeMee video.
Parents should participate in these apps with students to keep them safe. These apps can be good and bad for your Teens and Tweens. Also, the gray zone apps are ones where parents should be present, and so this section can be a great place for family time. As long as parents are nearby and following the students on each of these apps, it can be more safe.
We recommend you have a dialog with your kids about Sexting and inappropriate content if your kids have these apps. This is the best way to keep your kids safe not by restricting the kids, but by talking with them.