Every Friday, I am answering your questions and sharing other helpful blogs and resources. Today, we are talking about Google, Snapchat and Kids in the House.
Gmail & Google+
If your kid has a Gmail account chances are they have a Google+ profile. Google automatically creates one for every Gmail account. This week, Google announced that now, anyone who is on Google+ can send a message to your Gmail. If you don’t want strangers emailing you, kids and parents should change their Gmail back to its original settings. To do this go to the settings page by clicking on the gear icon and choose General. Now, scroll down until you see “Who can email you via your Google+ profile?” and change it to from “Anyone on Google+” to “No one”. After you change it, remember to click “Save Changes” at the bottom. If you want to completely delete the Google+ profile check out this guide from Yoursphere.
To follow-up with my post from this week, Talking to your Teen about the Snapchat Hack, Snapchat has updated their app. Yesterday they released a new version that improves Find a Friend and allows users to opt-out of linking their phone number with their username. This option is available in Settings > Mobile #. This weekend, remind your teen to update their app to take advantage of these new features.
Kids in the House
If you prefer watching to reading, I found the perfect parenting resource for you. Kidsinthehouse.com is an educational website about parenting. It has over 8,000 videos posted from top experts including physicians, psychologists, researchers and educators. The videos are short around 2 minutes and loaded with great advice. The technology experts address a wide range of topics including everything from How can I upload and share videos safely? to What is Ask-FM and what do I need to be aware of? If you still prefer reading, the website has transcripts for many of the videos.