Author: Alex Beck

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Social Network Spotlight: Reddit

While Reddit can be a resource for students who wants to view the “front page of the internet,” it also has potentially offensive or extremely graphic content.


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Social Network Spotlight: Signal

Signal is a bare bones messaging application for iPhone and Android, specializing in secure and encrypted communication between users. Here are some pros, cons and tips for educators.


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Social Network Spotlight: Swarm

Swarm is a very focused app that is only truly functional if the user is visiting physical locations and checking in. Because of the need to check in and the competitive aspect, students could leave themselves vulnerable to online predators and other dangers.


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What’s Up With WhatsApp?

WhatsApp is a messaging service that aims to replace regular text messaging. Unlike most other messaging apps, WhatsApp accounts are created with a user’s phone number and offer regular messaging, group chats, voice messages and image sharing in one-on-one and group conversation settings.


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What Google Allo and End-to-End Encryption Mean to Educators

Allo, Google’s answer to Apple’s iMessage, will be released any day now. The tech world is excited about the new features and tools to communicate, and many people are equally excited about the app’s end-to-end encryption.

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What Educators and Parents Should Know About Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is taking over the world as ‘trainers’ of multiple generations hunt for Pokémon at landmarks and favorite spots in your hometown.


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Kik App Requires Transparency and Clear Monitoring by Adults

An app known for something like child exploitation might seem like it should be avoided at all costs, but like numerous apps mentioned in our Social Network Spotlight, with proper monitoring by an informed educator or guardian, Kik is usable.


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The Dangers of Live-Streaming Video

The leading trend with video chat apps is the ability to move the interaction from one-to-one to one-to-many through a live-stream, publicly-visible experience. Herein lies the danger: All of the content moderation in the world can’t stop a live-stream.


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Social Network Spotlight: is a video chat service that allows up to eight users, desktop or mobile, to connect without an account or login. Users create a video chat room and send a link to whomever they choose. Anyone with the link can participate in the video chat.