I will say KIK isn't horrible if you manage it and know who they're talking to.
ooVoo: "ooVoo video chat gives you two things no one else can." (Now THERE's a wide open statement.) "Free multistream video calls with up to 12 people at a time along with unsurpassed stability and quality." This is the equivalent to FaceTime for iPhone users, and Skype. Be the mom or dad peeping over from behind the dresser to make sure there's a recognized person on the other end. And they are age appropriate. And clothed. Better yet, pop a squat beside your kid and say, "What up, home dog?" While it may deduct a few parental cool points, it'll start to deter the caller to have these ooVoo conversations for fear she'll have to speak to your super embarrassing mother.
And last, but certainly not least, SnapChat. Don't let that cute little ghost fool you. The official description says, "The fastest way to share a moment on iPhone." Pictures/videos are created, an alert is sent to the receiver, they watch it and within 10 seconds its gone. No record, no trace. Parents, THINK ABOUT IT.
Snapchat is bad news folks. My advice is to delete the app if you see it. Period. If they have an iPhone and want to make a video, they can with the iPhone camera or now they can do it on Instagram, which has supposedly regulated their site not to post inappropriate videos. We shall see ...
A new app is released quicker than you can blink. And I find that if weren't for my parental stalking, I'd be completely clueless to all the new ways kids are connecting and sharing information. There are tons I did not cover, but these are the teen faves. The fiancé and I have 4 teens with smartphones, and two 10-year-olds with iPod touches. Six multiplied by these apps equals A LOT to keep up with. (OK, five since my oldest has graduated to a non-stalking mom. My eyes are still open in the public forum). In this day and age, we, as parents, have to look out for our kids and for each other. I seriously long for the day that my biggest parental concern was cars coming down the street while they rode bikes. I could see in clear view the danger. Technology blinds us to danger, a danger of kids growing up a little fast, knowing more than they should at a young age, and exchanging inappropriate information for it to only *POOF* disappear within a 10-second window and we are none the wiser. Don't be the parent who thinks, "My kid would never do that."
I'm the unpopular mom who takes her kids phone and iPod at bedtime (even during the summer) and plugs them in my room. As recently as last night, I got the big SIGH when I asked my 13-year-old for his phone. When he's 18, he can Vine, Snapchat, tweet, and KIK all he wants. He just better hope it doesn't cross a public forum that I see it. Just because they are bigger, doesn't mean I still won't knock a Mann kid out.
I now stand to be on the Most Hated list by kids because of this blog, but as I've seen many post on Twitter after saying something painful but true:
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