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Vine is a video sharing app that plays short, 6 second clips on a continuous loop. Vine members
have their own profile that can link to other social media pages including Twitter and Facebook.
It is owned by and functions similar to Twitter with a visible list of followers who can common on
Vines. Users can be blocked from following a profile, but not viewing Vines shared via hashtags
or searches, much like Tweets. There is a version for a younger audience, called “Vine Kids”
that includes only age-appropriate content for young children.


Omegle is a service that randomly matches individuals with one another and begins a two-way
text and/or video chat. There is no need to register to use the service and the anonymous
handles of “You” and “Stranger” are used to represent participants. Both moderated and
unmoderated sections are available. Users must be 18, or 13 with parental permission.


Tinder is a dating app. It uses Facebook information to create a profile and populates a list of
nearby Tinder users based on GPS location. Users swipe right on a profile if they are interested
and left if they are not. When two users both swipe each other they are matches and are able to
message. Users are grouped into categories based on age. Under 13 cannot sign up for an
account, 13-17 are only shown others in their category, and 18 and over can see everyone else
over 18. This age is enforced by the user’s Facebook profile, making it cumbersome to


Down functions similarly to Tinder, but rather than GPS, Facebook friends and Friends of friends
are used. The swiping and communication functions remain the same though the process is

Hot or Not

Hot or Not is a community driven service that allows members to rate the attractiveness of
images voluntarily submitted by other users. Users are able to rate pictures on a 1-10 scale, of
which an average is presented. Users are also able to post images of themselves to be rated. A
matchmaking engine called “Meet Me” matches users based on ratings. Hot or Not was one of
the first sites of its kind, having been established in 2000.


Kik is one of many messaging apps and functions identically to SMS or any other messaging
service. It utilizes and requires a data connection, either via a cellular connection or wifi in order
to send messages. Rather than a phone number, Kik relies on user names to connect with
friends, providing greater flexibility and privacy by allowing for multiple accounts and the need to
exchange user names in order to communicate. is a question and answer service that allows users to both post and answer. It allows for
both registered and anonymous use. purchased in 2014 and, due to criticism
surrounding a lack of moderation, immediately pledged millions of dollars to improve the
technology and filtering infrastructure. One step involved engaging both the Department of
Children and the National Parents Council in regard to safety.


Snapchat is an image focused messaging service that includes the ability to annotate and draw
on images or videos before sending. Snaps self-destruct after a user-definable time (1-10
seconds) upon being opened by the recipient, preventing the image from being saved or kept.
Furthermore, the sender is notified if recipient screenshots the image or video, allowing the
sender to know if the image has been saved in any way.

Yik Yak

Yik Yak is a group messaging app that joins all users within a ten mile radius into a “Stream”
similar to Twitter’s, thereby allowing them to send messages to others in the area. Yaks can be
voting up or voting down and the participants change as the user moves.


Whisper is an app that allows individuals share text and image macros and has recently gained
popularity on university campuses. The user types a message and the apps attempts to
automatically locate a suitable stock image. The user can also choose an image if they would
like. The text is overlaid on the image, similar to a meme. Whisper is anonymous and any
anyone is able to comment on any Whispers, as well as send and receive private messages
between members.


Blendr is a location-aware social network that connects users with others in the area. It
connects likeminded individuals within a certain rang. It provides only a rough estimate of
location to other users and allows the user to limit themselves to only those who they share
interests with. Blender users must be over 18.


When doing searches on Google Images for school projects at home or at school, children are seeing inappropriate and sexualized images. They may or may not tell you what they have seen. There is a simple way to filter out this content…

1. Go to Settings on Google Images

2. Click on Advanced Image Search

3. Click on Safe Search

4. Click on Filter Explicit Results

Or use


When children watch videos on You-Tube, they are likely to have access to inappropriate/sexual videos on the right hand side.

You must sign up for You-Tube first.

1. Click on the tab beside the You Tube logo on the top left hand side.

2. Click on Manage Subscription

3. Click on Safety. This is found on the bottom middle of your screen. Click on arrow.

4. Safety mode. Choose “on”.

5. Click save.


1. Settings tab next to your user name (shaped like a wheel)

2. Go to safe search filtering.

3. Choose strict.

Blocking software

Key logger: Lets you keep track of all activity on your computer.

Kids Place: Restricts APPs, timer, password.

McAffee: Free filter from SHAW (for PC’s).

Mobicip: A cloud-based parental control software that helps you create a safe and secure internet experience for your family, school, or business.

Net Nanny: For phones (not iphones) sets phone use for certain hours and monitors phone use. For Iphone/Ipad sets up blocks “geofencing” set up block for certain area, once a child crosses the invisible line, a notice is sent to parents.

Spector Pro: $99 for Mac or PC (takes pictures of everything that is looked at and sends a report to parents weekly or monthly.

Our Pact : To empower parents to guide their children through the balanced use of technology. Gives parent the ability to manage their child’s screen time throughout the day.

For Digital Citizenship handout click here.

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