Summer Idleness Can Lead to Problems Online

As the fireworks of Independence Day fade to a memory, the hot and humid part of summer is hitting us in the face. Summer time is when kids are left to their own devices and a lot of time is spent with not much to do. Gone are the times when kids would go outside and play for hours on end, coming home only to eat … but if parents were paid a dollar for every time their child said … Continue reading

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Paint Sticks – You’ll Never Believe How Kids Are Using Them!

One of the words we came across recently being used by teens is “paint stick” or “paint sticking.” This painter’s tool can be found at local hardware stores. And while you and I would use a paint stick for an easy way to paint a wall, kids have begun using it as to a new way to ingest alcohol more quickly. The tube that you would fill with paint can hold about two beers. Kids are filling it and using … Continue reading

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New Teen Slang

It’s important that you stay in tune with what your child may be referring to when they are posting on social media. TrueCare searches for more than 2,000 words and phrases that include references to drugs, alcohol, profanity, sex, and bullying. We make it easy for parents to edit or update this list at any time for by going to the settings tab when logged in to the TrueCare dashboard. Parents can customize their keyword searches to include the child’s cell … Continue reading

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How Safe Are Social Networking Apps?

Today we want to share information about some smartphone apps that claim to offer privacy and security to their users. Unfortunately, these applications do not allow third party access and until they do, TrueCare cannot help you monitor your child’s activities on these social networks. Even though we cannot monitor these new apps at this time, TrueCare is committed to giving you as much information as we can to make you aware of what may be downloaded onto your child’s … Continue reading

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WHAT IS TINDER?

You may have recently heard about a smartphone application called Tinder being used at the Winter Olympics in Sochi. News stories told of Olympians being so distracted by Tinder that it interfered with training. Before these news stories broke, though, this app was being used at colleges across the nation by students… Tinder is an up-and-coming smartphone app  that combines social networking and dating. It allows users to identify and “hook-up” with potential one night stands in their vicinity.  Tinder … Continue reading

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HAVE STRESSED OUT KIDS? MONITOR THEM ONLINE.

Many studies have shown that technology and social media sites can actually cause stress in children. There is a common misconception that socializing online is a strictly fun way to engage with friends, family, and others. However, some standard social pressures that occur in real life can also occur online and many parents are unaware of this phenomenon. There are so many events and situations that can occur in the online world of children that may not seem like a … Continue reading

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NEW TECHNOLOGY – QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

Managing the internet, cell phones and portable computers within a family is a new struggle for many parents. There are a great many that are still learning how to navigate through this new technological environment and have no guidelines to follow – it’s a Brave New World out there! Many of you are already entrenched in these conversations and situations with your kids, but for those who aren’t, here are some things to ponder prior to buying that new computer … Continue reading

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Kids on the Job Hunt? How Parents Can Work With Kids to “Fix” Social Media Profiles

Are your kids looking to join the job market? Fact is, employers are looking at social media profiles. In the2012 Social Job Seeker Survey Jobvite showed that 23% of job seekers were asked for their social media information in a job interview. Looking into social media profiles can give employers a better sense of what a prospective employee is like, for better or worse. When trying to decide between several qualified candidates, employers may be looking for any way to … Continue reading

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WHY DON’T PARENT CHECK SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS AND INTERNET ACTIVITY???

I have been entrenched in cyber safety since starting a new job in 2010. I have learned the ins and outs of social media safety, the dangers, issue resolution, ID protection and theft, and a wide variety of other wonderful, educational information I share with parents daily. But as a parent, much of what I’ve learned is frightening, though, not enlightening. So, I have taken it upon myself to educate parents I meet on this important issue. Some are open to … Continue reading

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MY PARENTS WOULD KILL ME IF…

…(they knew I put that on Facebook) Guest blog As parents, there’s a lot we don’t know about our kids online behavior. We’d like to think they’re behaving and portraying themselves appropriately online, but that’s not always the case. Socializing online is the new way to communicate and let’s face it, we don’t know that much about how kids use the endless amount of socializing networks available to them. But, we do know that kids, tweens and teens can fall … Continue reading

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