Efforts to limit the amount of students’ screen time may be less effective than focusing on how they are using their screens, according to several education-technology experts. In an opinion piece, Richard Culatta, CEO of the International Society for Technology Education, says screen time is best used to collaborate and problem-solve.
In our post, Five Potentially Dangerous Apps for Kids, we listed apps you may want to consider monitoring if your child is using them on their mobile device. With the help of the National PTA, we’re expanding the list:
Snapchat—You’ve probably heard of this one. It’s a video messaging app where users can take photos and record videos to a targeted list of contacts. Accompanied with a set of fun filtered frames and tools to draw and add emojis, users have a ton of fun ways to interact. Once you hit send, the message will self-destruct. (Price: Free; Age: 13+)
Voxer—This is a walkie talkie like messaging app that uses a voice messaging and “push-to-talk” system to communicate. By default, Voxer enables the “Share Location” and disables the “Privacy Mode.” That means, anyone communicating with your child can track their location. It’s important to check and enable privacy and location settings so you do not reveal any personal information. (Price: Free; Age: 13+)
Tinder—If you’re a single parent or talk to your single friends, this is a popular dating app that connects matched users based off mutual interests and location. However, teens are actively on it. The app uses your information from Facebook including date of birth to verify your age. Users aged between 13 and 17 can see only other Tinder users within the same age group. Users over 18 can see only other users who are also over 18. (Price: Free; Age: 13+)
For the majority of the apps listed above the user has to be 13 years or older to sign up—teens under 18 are to “agree” with their parent or guardian before they sign-up.