Reeling in Reels

Reeling in Reels

Apps, Filters, Hazards
Has the app TikTok appeared on your kids’ phone? Have you heard of TikTok on the news? Did you happen to read our previous article on TikTok? (click to read) Are you aware of the controversy over the app and it’s creators? Even if you were aware of all this, the piece of information you may not have connected yet is that Instagram’s feature ‘REELS’ is a spin-off of the popular video platform. When TikTok was going through its legal battles, Instagram saw it as an opportunity to create another feature to give its users something ‘to do’ on their app, which in turn promotes Instagram’s virtual popularity.  The following article from The Verge provides more information. https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/5/21354117/instagram-reels-tiktok-vine-short-videos-stories-explore-music-effects-filters  Not all Reels are created equal, and that is the problem. Many…
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The Most Popular Apps for Teens: What’s Hot, What’s Not

The Most Popular Apps for Teens: What’s Hot, What’s Not

Apps
These days, it's tough to keep up with the ever-changing world of apps that our children are using.  The linked article below contains a list of popular apps for teenagers and what parents should be aware of concerning these apps.  View ArticleWe have written more detailed reviews for a couple of the apps that are mentioned in this summary, including TikTok & Instagram "finsta" accounts, which you can view on our website here or our blog here.*Please note, that although we have found valuable information from an external web page for our blog post, we do not endorse all information, religious views and opinions posted on these third-party websites.
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Instagram: The Rinsta’s and the Finsta’s

Instagram: The Rinsta’s and the Finsta’s

Apps, Reviews
The Rinsta’s and the Finsta’s   As harmless as the app called ‘Instagram’ seems on the surface - a photo and video editing platform - many dark areas loom around any corner. When not set up with proper privacy settings, the user needs to be extra vigilant to protect their eyes from the content that can pop up within a few clicks or swipes.  Despite the creator’s efforts to keep inappropriate content out of it’s app, and safe for “13+” to use, images inappropriate for any age of eyes can still be found. Users are allowed to ‘Block’, ‘Report’, and ‘Unfollow’ accounts that they are not interested in or believe are not appropriate. In its simplest form the app is not harmful, though the psychological effects of any social media…
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