GREENBURG, PA. (WPXI News) – “Ryan Klingensmith, a licensed professional counselor, founded Shape the Sky. It’s essentially a one-stop shop for parents. He told Channel 11 parents should know how these apps function, but he said what is most important is knowing your child’s behavior. One way to do that? Follow your child on Snapchat.”

With the recent Christmas holiday, many students have been talking to me about the electronic devices they received as gifts. One of my recent conversations was with a first grader who got a phone but told me that he “can’t call on, but can do everything else.” He then pointed out that he was unable to text because he wasn’t good at spelling yet.

TikTok is not appropriate for elementary or middle school kiddos. Some of the content is not appropriate for high school teens. There is much adult-themed content on it and as with any interactive app: the potential for grooming.

You may have seen a recent story posted on the Medium website titled,  “I’m a 37-Year-Old Mom & I Spent Seven Days Online as an 11-Year-Old Girl. Here’s What I Learned.” This story was sent to me by numerous folks who support the mission of Shape The Sky. I have to admit, it’s a catchy headline, and I’m sure many people wanted to know what the 37-year-old mom learned.