Parents need to keep up with app trends

BERLIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) — In today’s world of ever-changing technology, parents are usually one or two steps behind their tech-savvy kids.

One of the latest trends is called Snapchat, an app that allows users to send pictures that, in theory, disappear after a few seconds.

“As far as I know, Snapchat is just for their friends and stuff, but there are many people that are on their friends list, some of them have like 700 friends on their list and I’m sure they don’t know all those people, so they could be talking with people they don’t know,” said Romie Policy, whose 11-year-old daughter uses the picture app.

Deputy John Tomaino is the resource officer for Western Reserve Local Schools.

“The problem with any app or anything going online is it never goes away, it’s always out there. I tell the kids all the time, if you put something on the Internet, it’s out there for everyone to see,” Tomaino. “I always tell them a good rule of thumb is you don’t put anything on the Internet that you wouldn’t talk to or show your grandma.”

Tomaino said that even in a world of ever-changing technology, there are ways for parents to keep up with their kids.

“The best way to monitor your child’s mobile device is to get involved and launch the parental apps, make sure any app purchase goes through your account, have a password on it that your kids don’t know. Check the device frequently. Chances are if the child doesn’t want you to see it, they’re hiding something,” Tomaino said.

He said parents should talk with their kids about these these apps, which is advice Policy plans on using.

“Actually I might sit down and have her show me because then I would feel more comfortable,” Policy said.

Most cellphone carriers also offer classes teaching people how to use mobile devices.

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