Instagram is making an effort to create a safer space for its users–especially for youth! Earlier this summer we warned you about how Instagram is a popular tool for child predators and sex traffickers. We’ve also shared with you the dark side of Instagram–Instaporn. Our friends at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation have been working hard on these issues through their #wakeupinstagram campaign. … Read More Read more Today we bring you a guest post by Collin Kartchner. Collin is a child advocate, social activist and founder of the world-wide movement #SavetheKids. Last year he spoke roughly 500 times at schools and communities across the US and Canada on the dangers of kids using smart phones & social media like Snapchat, TikTok, & Instagram, as well as the negative effects of video gaming and pornography.… Read More Read more It’s no secret that there’s been a rise in online child sexual exploitation during this pandemic. Combine that with summertime and there’s simply more time and opportunity for kids to be online. That extra time online also means that your children can be targeted by highly organized sex traffickers.
A father’s warning to other parents about Instagram A father in Michigan wrote a harrowing experience about uncovering a sex trafficking plot in his daughter’s Instagram account.… Read More Read more If your 13 year old wants to download Snapchat or Instagram, how do you know if these apps are age-appropriate? In the App Store, both Snapchat and Instagram are rated “12+.” But who’s doing the rating? (Good question!) Do Snapchat and Instagram allow harmful content? (Umm …YES!) And can parents filter the content? (Nope!)
Where’s the accountability? Turns out that the app developers are responsible for rating their own apps!… Read More Read more There were a few times over this past holiday season where I seriously debated about whether or not to post pictures of our family’s adventures. It’s not that they were extravagant or unique, but my thoughts kept returning to the people who would see my pictures and wonder why their own lives couldn’t be *this* happy or *this* fun. We all know that happy pictures capture a moment, but somehow the concept of “moment” doesn’t apply when we gaze into the social media world.… Read More Read more Our regular Parent Alert! news updates help parents stay ahead of the trends affecting kids in our hypersexualized culture. This month we’re covering headlines from the social media world: digital detox for teens; new research on mental health and social media; Tumblr bans pornography; and what’s going on with Celine Dion’s new fashion line for kids?
Here’s what’s trending in December 2018!… Read More Read more