Tonight I will be presenting recommended apps at the PTO meeting at 6:30. One of the sections I am going to cover are those apps that we should be looking out for on children's devices.
Many students have tablets or smartphones in their hands 24/7. They have access to the Google Play or iTunes store and can download the apps they want. What happens is that we are not wise as to what these apps enable our children to do or what they can expose children to. I am going to give a little sneak preview of tonight's session by showing some of the more popular apps.
KRCG News actually did a story on a school that had to ban an app, YikYak, from being used. Check out the story here.
It may be their device, but you are the parent. I recommend having a "device check" at random times to check apps, history, and text messages.
Also, one big thing I would do is turn off the location feature. This then means that apps cannot track their location. Some apps post this without kids realizing it is doing that. You can find this in the Settings icon of most devices. Apple devices have this feature in their Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Android may have it in the toolbar you pull down from the top of your device or in Settings > General > Location. It varies on all devices, but start in Settings.
Talk with your children frequently about being safe online. It can be a lifesaver.
Note: All handouts from tonight's session will be available on this blog at 8:00pm CST tonight, January 26.
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