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Please read this article. I can’t confirm how much of this happens, but it can happen. Kids love Roblox and Youtube. My children are not permitted to use Roblox because they are not of age yet, at 8 and 11.

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.

I’ve been talking about encrypted messaging apps at my trainings for years. There is competition in this market and there are many apps that offer end-to-end encryption, meaning that only the person sending and the recipient can see the message.

Anywhere kids will be online, predators will try to connect with them. We must be proactive in knowing what apps we permit our children to use, understand how these apps work and understand that predators can use apps hidden in plain sight.

A parent emailed me asking if I thought the Lure app was appropriate for his 12 year old child. I did my research. Lure is a “Chat Fiction” app that allows the reader to follow a story told as if you were watching someone’s text message log.

Here is another release in our App Resource Guide for Adults. While Snapchat has a deceptive feel to it due to the disappearing messaging function, the messages/pictures/videos are not always inappropriate.

I’m excited to share a new resource! I’ve been working on this App Resource Guide for adults since December of last year. I’m kicking this resource off by sharing information about Instagram.

Working in a middle school, I often speak to youth who report being “bullied.” School counselors spend time looking at the scenarios and helping youth understand the difference between being rude, mean, and bullying.

Over the years, the mental health hashtags have evolved and are ever-changing. It’s difficult to keep up with all of the mental health hashtags as they are sometimes blocked on Instagram or other social media platforms, but when certain hashtags become blocked, others come to life to replace them.