Would you buy the SkinneePix app?

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We have all lived long enough to know that not all apps are created equal. Here is one you will be hearing about because it is very controversial. It is from a company called Pretty Smart Women and the new app in question is called the SkinneePix app.

The concept of SkinneePix app is to improve your “selfie” so you you project a slimmer appearance. The creators justify the invention because they believed poor lighting, shadows, not enough pixels, or just plain lack of photography skills cause people to take images of themselves that do reveal them as intended. There is no one that wants to publish ugly photos of themselves. Considering that everything posted on the Internet lives forever, then this app is definitely going to get a lot of attention. The SkineePix app claims to remove 5, 10, or 15 lbs. from your appearance. You decide just how much you want to improve your photo or slim your selfie and the SkinneePix app makes the adjustment.

SkinneePix and Body Image

There are plenty of times when you would want to send a photo that would project your very best self.  Dating is one example, social platforms another. However, left in the use of pre-teens, teenagers, or college students, who are overly obsessed with body image issues, could SkinneePix app be overly focused on body image and weight?

Now, you see why there is so much controversy over this app. What do you think?

Are You Tech Obsessed?

Are you tech obsessed? Has your screen time interrupted important moments in your life?

Everyone at times feels that they need to take a break from technology. It is difficult to think of a day when we actually go 24 hours without any form of technology. We are surrounded by devices wherever we go and when we do go we make sure our devices are with us before we walk out the door. Our cyberlife many times takes precedent over our personal life. The question becomes,“what if you cannot separate yourself from your screens and you fear you may actually be tech obsessed?”

Our Current Tech Obsessed Lives

  1. We spend more than 21 hours a week on our personal computers.
  2. In one year, we cumulatively spend 3 days waiting for our personal computers to either load/power up.
  3. 73% of people would rather spend time on their computers than go to the gym or exercise.                                                                                                         source: intel.com

Trust me when I say that I am not anti-technology. I am a huge digital enthusiast. I am counting the days until the self-driving Google car is released. Technology has certainly had a positive impact on our world. There are times, though, when we need to think about setting boundaries.

So many times we are concerned about the amount of time children and students spend online. We spend time talking about setting boundaries, and limiting screen exposure for the Digital Generation when maybe we should be thinking about what we are modeling in front of our children and students. Are we responsible for their fixated attention to technology?

3 Warning Signs You Might Be Tech Obsessed

  1. You find yourself having an anxiety attack when you misplace your phone. You cannot do anything until your phone is in your possession.
  2. You are phubbing! This is the worst and you know you should not be doing it yet, you are out of control. Phubbing is when you snob the people in front of you because your phone is more important than the people you are with.
  3. You sleep with your phone and admittedly, you wake up to reply to text messages.

Do you want to find out if you are tech obsessed? Try going 48 hours without any technology and see how you manage.

For more information on technology obsession, see the checklist on Internet Addiction Disorder here.

7 Dangers On Instagram For Kids

7 Dangers on Instagram

Parents need to be aware of the dangers on Instagram if they suspect their kids, pre-teens, or teens, are sharing images online. Instagram is a very creative way to take photos, share images, and use creative filters.  It is also a social platform that exposes users if precautions are not taken. Instagram is wildly popular and that means parents need to be informed and on alert.

You may have heard that teens are abandoning Facebook in favor of Instagram. Realizing that Facebook owns Instagram, it is almost like a distant cousin. Teens can communicate on Instagram by commenting and writing messages on images. This activity can be concealed from parents, unless the parents know how to stay involved.

Instagram is not just sharing images online and using clever filters to alter the images.  It is a social platform just like Facebook, Twitter, Path, or Foursquare. You must be 13 years of age, set up a profile, have the option of completing a bio, and option of using privacy settings.

3 Things You Should Do Today

  1.  Get involved. If your children are using Instagram, then you should be using Instagram as well. By default, anyone can hover over your child’s profile and view info unless you change the settings.
  2.  You need to sign up for an account and start using the platform. You will realize that photos can be shared on Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter.
  3.  You also need to make sure your child adds your name to their friend’s list. (Yes, they will tell you that no one else has their parent’s on their friend’s list. It just isn’t fair! Do you believe that?)

   We offer a helpful guide for parents to make it super simple to get started.

 Parent Alert: 7 Dangers for Kids On

 Instagram

  1. Many times pre-teens and teens give away personal information that should not be shared. Yes, even though you have had a thousand conversations about not over-sharing, it happens. The Profile section on Instagram makes your child vulnerable to listing their, first and last name, birthday, gender, phone number, (How many times have we talked about not listing your phone number?) and email address. They could also share personal information in the bio section if they are not careful.
  2. All information begins as viewable by the public unless you change the settings to private. This way their profile information is concealed from strangers.
  3. Instagram is available on your child’s iPod, iPad, iPhone, or Android phone. Many parents have been surprised to learn their child, under the age of thirteen, had a secret Instagram account they were accessing from their iPod. If in doubt, check it out.
  4. Make sure your child or teen is not revealing their location on their photos. You can turn off geo-tagging in the settings under Location Services.
  5. Instagram is another social platform, therefore, your teen can become friends with strangers posing as another teen. They have the option to “follow” other Instagram users in the “Popular” section. This is one of the ways they can come in contact with strangers. Many times teens feel it is popular to follow many people similar to collecting “likes” on Facebook. Always check their friend’s list to make sure you know the people they are communicating with.
  6. One of the many dangers of teens on Instagram is nudity. There is not a filter to prevent your child from being exposed to explicit photographs unless you limit sharing photos to friends they know. This is another reason you should be on your child’s friend’s list.
  7. A current trend on Instagram is to rate girls according to their looks. Many parents are not aware their daughter’s picture has been posted and ranked online. This exposes their picture to strangers and their self-worth to an online ranking status and comments.  Online beauty contests, or cyber-pageants, are another danger of teens being subjected to finding out if they are “hot or not.”

Instagram can be a creative way to learn photography and modify pictures using the filters. Over 100 million users share images every month. It is estimated that 40 million photos are shared everyday. This year, they will reveal a camera just for Instagram photos. Now, is the time to get involved. With so many people participating and sharing, you need to be aware of how children should be protected by implementing safety settings and joining the service. Happy snapping!

Digital Classroom For Digital Learning

The digital classroom is quickly transforming the way students learn. For many parents, the change is not taking place fast enough. Limited by funding, many schools districts are lagging behind in turning traditional classrooms into digital classrooms.

DIGITAL CLASSROOM FOR THE DIGITAL AGE

One thing is for certain, our children must receive preparation today in order to attain the skills they will need to be competitive in the Digital Age. Is your child being exposed to a variety of technology tools? Do you feel your child’s school offers a 21st century education? Take a look at how the classroom is changing for  future educational needs here.

21st Century Classroom

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Digital Parenting Guide

  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a Digital Parenting guide to social media to answer all your questions? Why hasn’t someone invented it?

     Social School 101 is on the forefront of bring the latest information about raising the first Internet Generation  and preparing informed Digital Parents for the challenges ahead. We were the first to create an easy to access educational documentary that gives parents the answers they need to protect and raise the first Internet Generation. There is so much to learn about new media and we have simplified the process.

Digital Parenting Guide

Here are just a few of the numerous topics we have researched to provide you with the latest up to date information:

* the importance of teaching netiquette

* tips and resources to stop cyber bullying before it starts

creating and Internet Safety Pledge for your entire family

* what you should know about your child’s digital shadow

* security software you should know and use

* geo-tagging concerns and safety measures

This is just a partial list of the numerous topics every parent needs to know. Our video is filled with many chapters devoted to raising awareness and providing solutions. Our Digital Parenting guide titled, A Parent’s Guide To Social Media: Ages 3-8, includes interviews with leading experts that offer sound advice.

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A Parent’s Guide To Social Media Ages: 3-8

Parent Guide To Social Media

 

Parent Guide To Social Media

Social media and the Internet have created an entirely new world of engagement. It has many wonderful benefits but it also has many dangerous risks if precautions are not taken. Are you aware that every time your child goes online they are able to connect with over two billion users? Have you taken the time to teach them how to engage online safely? The Internet makes it easy to access information that is both positive and negative.  For parents it is the negative aspects of the online world that lead to so many concerns and unanswered questions.

If you are a parent or a grandparent raising children then you know just how daunting the task is. Many parents have wished there was a parent guide to social media. If only they had a place they go to get the answers they needed. The resources available for understanding everything your children, or digital natives, are exposed to is very limited. Social School 101 has been on the forefront of bringing the latest information to enable parents to give their children the very best foundation. We are a leader in providing digital literacy. We developed a parents guide to social media to protect children and create informed parents. It is called, A Parent’s Guide To Social Media: Ages 3-8.

 

Parent Guide To Social Media

Our easy to access parent guide gives you all the information you need with a quick download that is viewable on your schedule. It works on multiple devices: iPads, phones, a computer or television. You do not have to worry about finding the time to read multiple chapters or if you will be able to understand technical jargon. Our parent guide to social media is broken down into manageable chapters with over 100 recommendations to make your job easier.

We have listened to the needs of parents and provided critical information on the most essential topics. Parents want to know how to prevent their children from accidently communicating with online predators, when is the best age to teach computer skills, should they provide monitoring software, and the concerns about geo-tagging. In addition, we give excellent recommendations on how to avoid cyber bullying, computer safety rules for when your children are at home or when they visit a friend’s house. We also discuss underage Facebook use, how your child’s digital shadow is created, netiquette, and much more. In our Deluxe Version, we give valuable advice from a team of professionals. This informative video is a must for all parents to make certain they are providing the very best foundation for their children’s safety.

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During the month of March we are offering tremendous savings to get your family started on digital learning. If you have every wanted to know more about Digital Parenting, then this is your opportunity. Our parent guide to social media will give you the answers you need. At Social School 101 we provide digital literacy for ages 2 to 102! Get the video and grow social today!