What do all the acronyms mean?

In the mobile and online world, teens are clever and have created an entire new method of communications. Using acronyms as code for things that their parents might find problematic, text-speak is appearing everywhere. Click here to read a recent CNN article that highlights 28 common acronyms that kids are using. Parents should become familiar with these in order to know what teens are really saying. TrueCare searches for more than 2,000 acronyms, words and phrases that include references to drugs, alcohol, … Continue reading

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Parents — Are You Liable for the Social Media Posts Your Kids Make?

In 2011, a seventh-grade boy from Cobb, Georgia, created a fake Facebook account in the name of a classmate.  The boy and a friend then updated the Facebook account with cruel and taunting posts that made their classmate appear to be racist, use illegal drugs, and gay.  The fake Facebook page was discovered, the parents of two originating bullies were notified, and the responsible seventh graders received a 2-day in-school suspension for the actions against their classmate. You’d think that … Continue reading

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Creepy New App Promotes “Snuggling” With a Stranger

First there was Tinder, a mobile app that allows users to connect with others in their area for “hookups”. (If you don’t know how it works, users scroll through photos of others in their vicinity and can connect through the app to meet up. TrueCare featured this app in one of our previous monthly emails. To read that article, click here.) Tinder is wildly used on college campuses across the country as a means for a hookup. Now, there is … Continue reading

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Social Media Posts Can Impact College Admissions, Scholarships and Professional Opportunities

Children don’t always think about the consequences of their words or pictures online, and how this social network activity can impact the bright future ahead. Many times, parents are unaware of comments, photos and videos that their children post and read on social networks. And parents, too, may not realize the long-term ramifications of a few poorly chosen words posted online. Many college admissions offices have added a step to their screening process for incoming students, in which a scan … Continue reading

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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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