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Update May 3

What is the Blue Whale Challenge?
The Blue Whale Challenge creates new opportunities for predators to target victims on social media by forcing teens to perform harmful tasks over 50 days, with the last task urging the victim to commit suicide. Learn what to do if your student is engaging in this harmful challenge.

Update April 25

SafeSmartSocial 9 most dangerous apps

Update April 5

Dangers of Zombie Phones

Update October 20

3 Ways LinkedIn for Students Can Improve the College Admissions Process
With more than 60,000 college and university alumni groups active on LinkedIn, this platform is becoming a valuable resource for college-bound students. Learn from a college admissions counselor about how you can leverage LinkedIn to improve the college admissions process.

3 Experts Share Teen Online Safety Tools for Parents
By fostering opening communication with your kids about online safety, you can help protect them online and on social media. Learn from 3 digital safety experts who offers their best tips and tools for keeping kids and teens safe on social media and online.

The 17 Apps Your Student Should Never Use 
Are you a parent who understands the negative effect social media apps can have on your child’s future? Learn what popular apps might be a terrible choice for your students and how to talk with your kids to start a healthy dialog.

5 Ways to Recruit Yourself in the College Admission Process
Today, more and more colleges are relying on technology to find students who are diverse in character, talent, and overall potential. As a college bound teen it’s important to learn how you can create–and share–an online presence that is a positive representation of yourself.

Become a Social Media Safety Expert:
Get a Virtual Replay Ticket to our Digital Citizenship Conference
  ($98 savings)

Save $98 on a Virtual Replay Ticket to our Digital Citizenship Conference when you use coupon code “HalfOff” by this Friday. Learn more here.

7 Ways Parents Can Teach Teens to Have Productive Screen Time
We reached out to 7 digital-safety experts and parents to get their best advice for teaching students how to be productive during screen time. Learn how to set screen time limits, where to allow devices, how to lead by example and how to teach students time management.

3 Things Parents Should Know When Contacting The Police About Social Media Crimes
Officer Mike Bires shares his top 3 things parents should know when dealing with the police and potentially criminal acts occurring online. His advice includes how to handle the social media account in question, the best way to work with law enforcement throughout the investigation and more.

3 Digital Student Resume Tips to Get an Interview
These days a student’s social media presence – and the activities that they partake in online – can play a major part in their career. We reached out to experts to asked them for their best advice on building a student resume and online activities that can help students get an interview.

Update September 29

How to Improve Your Digital Footprint for College
We reached out to 5 college admissions and online reputation experts and asked them how college-bound teens can be proactive with their online presence. Learn how to take initiative with your digital footprint, how to highlight your goals on social and when to refrain from posting.

7 Ways Parents Can Teach Teens to Have Productive Screen Time
We reached out to 7 digital-safety experts and parents to get their best advice for teaching students how to be productive during screen time. Learn how to set screen time limits, where to allow devices, how to lead by example and how to teach students time management.

Become a Social Media Safety Expert:
Get a Virtual Replay Ticket to our Digital Citizenship Conference
  ($98 savings)

Save $98 on a Virtual Replay Ticket to our Digital Citizenship Conference when you use coupon code “HalfOff” by this Friday.

Learn more here.3 Things Parents Should Know When Contacting The Police About Social Media Crimes
Officer Mike Bires shares his top 3 things parents should know when dealing with the police and potentially criminal acts occurring online. His advice includes how to handle the social media account in question, the best way to work with law enforcement throughout the investigation and more.

Come to Los Angeles and attend the Digital Citizenship Conference on Oct 14th ($60 savings ends Friday)
Join 100+ parents and educators to learn digital citizenship safety trends & tactics in Los Angeles. 16 topics (8 panel discussions & 8 breakout sessions) that help parents and educators encourage students to build a positive online presence. Learn from our expert panels and deep dive sessions.

3 Digital Student Resume Tips to Get an Interview
These days a student’s social media presence – and the activities that they partake in online – can play a major part in their career. We reached out to experts to asked them for their best advice on building a student resume and online activities that can help students get an interview.

The 17 Apps Your Student Should Never Use 
Are you a parent who understands the negative effect social media apps can have on your child’s future? Learn what popular apps might be a terrible choice for your students and how to talk with your kids to start a healthy dialog.

Musical.ly Parent App Guide 
Musical.ly is a popular app with teens and tweens that lets users make lip-syncing videos to their favorite songs. Watch our 3 minute video to become an expert on this app.

Update: September 15

3 Things Parents Should Know When Contacting The Police About Social Media Crimes
Officer Mike Bires shares his top 3 things parents should know when dealing with the police and potentially criminal acts occurring online. His advice includes how to handle the social media account in question, the best way to work with law enforcement throughout the investigation and more.

Attend the next Digital Citizenship Conference ($60 savings ends Sep 30)
Join 100+ parents and educators to learn digital citizenship safety trends & tactics in Los Angeles. 16 topics (8 panel discussions & 8 breakout sessions) that help parents and educators encourage students to build a positive online presence. Learn from our expert panels and deep dive sessions.

5 Tips to Protect Your Family’s Online Privacy & Security
Although living in the Age of Information is wonderful, parents must focus on protecting their family’s security and privacy. Here are 5 tips to keep your family safe in the digital world including–how to start a dialog with your teens, how to secure your WI-FI network and more.

3 Campus Safety Tips from a Veteran School Safety Executive
As parents and educators, you want to ensure that your students are learning in a safe and respectful school environment. Here are a few campus safety points, from a Veteran School Safety Executive, to keep in mind when striving to build a positive, respective school environment.

Update: August 5

Parents: Have your kids caught the Pokémon bug?  Millions of students are running around the streets playing this augmented reality game.  Is this game safe for your family? Watch the video below to see our concerns. Pokémon Go Parent App Guide Video


Pokémon Go is an augmented-reality mobile game for iOS and Android devices. While quickly becoming one of the most popular apps of all time, it has raised some safety concerns. Learn how your kids can have fun and still stay safe if they play Pokémon Go. Here's what the news says about Pokémon Go

  • “Authorities are warning [Pokémon Go] could possibly bring your kids in contact with unsavory elements.” –NBC New York
  • “Police are concerned [Pokémon Go] could be the latest way online criminals attempt to target victims.” –iTV

The 17 Apps Your Student Should Never Use 
Are you a parent who understands the negative effect social media apps can have on your child’s future? Learn what popular apps might be a terrible choice for your students and how to talk with your kids to start a healthy dialog.

Musical.ly Parent App Guide 
Musical.ly is a popular app with teens and tweens that lets users make lip-syncing videos to their favorite songs. Watch our 3 minute video to become an expert on this app. 

Building a Positive Social Media Reputation for Student Athletes
Social media is becoming a major part of an athlete’s career. Players who focus on building a positive social media reputation are consistently receiving better deals and endorsement opportunities. We reached out to expert, Nic Mayne, for his best social media tips for student athletes looking to jumpstart their career.

Parents: Here's the best way to start a dialog with your kids. Have our experts give you a customized plan for your kid
This program gives parents detailed steps from a social media expert to help students get on-track with their digital footprint. It's a great way to start a dialog with a student between the ages of 8-18.

Attend the next Digital Citizenship Conference
Join 100+ parents and educators to learn digital citizenship safety trends & tactics in Los Angeles. 16 topics (8 panel discussions & 8 breakout sessions) that help parents and educators encourage students to build a positive online presence. Learn from our expert panels and deep dive sessions.

4 Experts Share Teen Mobile Phone Safety Tips
If you have a teen or tween, you know the challenges of screen time and giving them unlimited access to the internet via a mobile device. We found several experts to share their best teen mobile phone tips and the benefits of giving your tween a smartphone.

5 Tips to Get That Student Internship or Job
The college years offer amazing opportunities to explore your interests, make contacts and build confidence. Here are top tips to make the most of the people and services available to students in order to maximize their career opportunities.

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