GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Back to school for children means back to friends and activities, and less time under their parents' watchful eyes.
A new study shows teenagers are sharing more online than ever.
And just being your child's Facebook friend isn't going to cut it anymore. Studies show kids are leaving Facebook for other sites and apps that parents may not even know exist.
Instagram is a big hit with teens, in which photos can be shared.
Vine is an app in which users can record and share a six-second video.
Snapchat is a program that has some police concerned. Users can snap a picture, send it, and the image disappears in seconds. But if the user is quick, then you can grab a screenshot of that image. While teens may think it's an image that won't stick around, that is not necessarily true.
Whisper is a program in which users can share secrets anonymously. Users can hit "nearby" and see secrets shared as close as a mile away, then can message that person and have a conversation with a stranger in close proximity.
Some tips for parents --
- Disable the GPS location for apps
- Restrict your children's cellphone plan so they can't download apps
- Have a curfew for when your children can use cellphones
- Routinely talk with your children and have them show you their apps, explaining them
- You can buy monitoring apps through Android and iPhone but you have to shop around
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