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Parents Guide to Social Media Apps Used by Kids

In Application, Family, General, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan8 Comments

I was recently asked by a reader of my site (Denise) if I could put together a chart that lists out some of the main social media sites used by tweens and teens and if I could provide some commentary on how they are dangerous (or not) for kids – essentially, a Parents Guide to Social Media apps used by kids. As my kids are either in the social media age or quickly entering, I definitely do have some opinions. But, I don’t want to be alarmist. There are a lot of factors that determine whether or not a particular …

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Less “Stranger Danger” – Kik Messenger Updates App Over Privacy Concerns

In Android, Apple, Application, Family, General, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking, Software, Tech News by Michael Sheehan2 Comments

Back in mid-2012, I wrote an article about the “dangerous” combination of Kik Messenger and Instagram. The article turned out to be quite popular (and controversial) in a few ways. Parents didn’t know about Kik nor how the “Kik me at” functionality was working with Instagram. Over 2 years later, Kik Messenger has taken a new approach to privacy and how strangers can or cannot interact with users. I received an early briefing on the new version of Kik Messenger and while I haven’t actually had hands-on experience with the app, what has been outlined seems to be potentially a …

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“OnStar? I’d Like to Get a Tour of Detroit!” #ConnectedByOnStar Event

In Auto, Consumer Electronics, Event, General, Opinion, Safety, Security by Michael Sheehan1 Comment

Now I get it. Now I understand why so many people choose GM vehicles like Buick. It’s because these vehicles come equipped with OnStar. OnStar is like having your own personal, 24×7 co-pilot and concierge on-call.  For the past couple of days, I have been not only immersed within all things OnStar and Buick, but also was able to experience the revitalization efforts underway within The Motor City – Detroit. From visits to secret underground labs to jazz clubs to racing down the streets of Detroit racking up scavenger hunt points, OnStar gave a group of us an experience never …

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Will You Pledge to Not Text and Drive? Do It Now! #ItCanWait

In Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, General, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

For the past couple of months, I have been writing and talking about the national campaign where you pledge to not text and drive. It’s called It Can Wait (the hashtag is #ItCanWait). There is a website that you can go to  to take this pledge of not texting and driving – just head over to www.ItCanWait.com and you can pledge right there. Today, September 19, 2013, is “Drive 4 Pledges Day” which means that I’m asking you to take just a few minutes out of your day to pledge that you will do your best to not text and …

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Still Texting and Driving? This #ItCanWait Documentary Will Change Your Mind

In Auto, Cellular, Consumer Electronics, Family, Gadgets, General, Hardware, Mobile, Opinion, Safety, Video by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We all know that we shouldn’t text and drive, but yet even I feel sometimes compelled to glance at my phone. I don’t respond to texts unless I’m fully stopped, but even that is against the law in many places. That second that you remove your eyes from the road, you become distracted, and the vehicle you are driving is transformed into a deadly weapon. Often, however, people think and believe “oh this can’t happen to me” and choose to continue to drive and text. If you are still of that mentality, please take 30 minutes to watch this documentary …

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Texting and Driving Simulator – A Scary Game to Try! #ItCanWait

In Application, Auto, Cellular, General, Mobile, Opinion, Safety by Michael SheehanLeave a Comment

We all know or have been told that texting and driving is dangerous. But yet, for some reason, many of us still do it. For those of you learning to drive or who are not yet of driving age, now is the time to learn why you shouldn’t text and drive. And if you are a passenger, be sure to let the driver concentrate on their driving – if they start to respond to a text, tell them “It Can Wait!” Just how distracting is texting and driving? Well, I don’t want you to go out on the road and …

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Parents Be Warned! Ask.fm is a Dangerous & Deadly Social Site for Teens & Tweens

In Family, General, How To, HTD Tech Tip, Opinion, Parenting, Safety, Security, Social Media, Social Networking by Michael Sheehan32 Comments

Back in 2012, I wrote about some potential dangers surrounding the Instagram and Kik Messenger combination. By now, hopefully many parents know what to look for and how to combat this social danger. Recently, I started to investigate a new social danger for kids, specifically Ask.fm which actually has a few documented teen suicides attributed to the service. Interestingly, it was my teenager and my wife that introduced me to Ask.fm. My teen wanted to join and my wife said absolutely not! Before I go into this social danger, I do want to point out that I am an avid …