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group texting

Came across this interesting article from Mashable written for parents to raise awareness about group texting, which is the preferred form of communication for many teens and preteens. Please note that while the content of this article is suitable for all viewers, some other parts of this website might contain questionable content. We encourage parents to…

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We want to make you aware of upcoming changes that you may see when using ParentsWeb or the RenWeb Home App. Four years ago, RenWeb was acquired by another company called FACTS, they recently launched a new website and began rebranding the RenWeb company to the FACTS name. What does this mean for you? The…

cyberbullying

We do not have specific statistics for FRCS students’ experiences with cyberbullying, but a new study from Pew Research Center shows that 59% of American teens report having been bullied online, and a great majority of teens (90%) believe that it’s a problem. One encouraging  statistic from the study shows that 59% of teens also…

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Came across this article, Protecting your social privacy, from the University of Michigan and wanted to share it with our community. It’s a great reminder on the steps to keeping your social media accounts private as well as the reasons for keeping them private. This article covers the big four: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat….

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In 2014, Mashable published an article “10 Things You Didn’t Know You Agreed to via Terms of Service.” It shouldn’t really surprise anyone that some of these clauses exist, and others might be very surprised by a couple of them. It’s probably safe to assume that most of us do not read them…Who has time to read…

a whale's tail

Author’s note: This post was particularly difficult to write, as we do not want to alarm families or cause panic, but we do feel a responsibility in helping parents raise their level of social media and digital literacy. Please be aware that this post is not intended to give rise to fear but to encourage you…

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Yellow is a new social media app that many are calling “Tinder for Teens.” The app requires you to allow it access to your location, I assume to allow it to show you potential “friends” who are near you (and it appears to include your hometown under your name and age everywhere on the app)….

anonymous

This week, I happened to see the overview of results from a new Pew Internet Survey: Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online. While I understand completely the desire for some level of privacy and security on the internet, the idea of anonymity struck me as curious. I recognize that this survey likely included a broad range of people,…

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Jailbreaking is a process of hacking a device to bypass the Digital Rights Management (DRM) software on an iOS device. It allows the user to make tweaks to his/her operating system that could not be done otherwise, and it gives the user the ability to run “unauthorized” software (meaning software that was not approved to…

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