Electronic Devices and Teens
Our teens face many pressures. Although they may be "experts" when it comes to using technology, it's still important for parents to be vigilant when it comes to educating teens about appropriate online behavior. Parental oversight and monitoring of students' sharing habits is essential to help today's teens navigate our ever changing technological culture.
Please talk with your teens about sharing inappropriate information online.
Apps Up for Discussion
Resources for this very important conversation include the following:
Below are apps that students may be using to take and share photos, often in an inappropriate way. This list is not exhaustive, and new apps are constantly released. Please keep in mind that these apps are often in hidden folders. We suggest you discuss with your teens their sharing habits and use of these apps.
Tips & Strategies for Parents
Add teens to the parents' iCloud account. That way, whenever a new app is downloaded by the teen, it will automatically download to the adult's phone as well.
If you're unfamiliar with a new app on your teen's phone, read the description of it in the app store.
Read this article from the Huffington Post called "The 12 Apps that Every Parent of a Teen Should Know About."
If your teen receives any nude or semi-nude photos on their mobile device, report it to local law enforcement