Showing posts from February, 2013

Skout - The Social Network that Focuses on Sex, Hooking up and Flirting

Skout – What Parents Need to Know Mary Kay Hoal  Reprinted from Y January 30, 2013 Skout is a social networking site that’s become popular in the past couple months. From the outside it looks like any other Facebook wannabe site, however, once you start poking around inside it becomes obvious that this isn’t like any other social network. Skout is a dating/hookup site with several social network elements such as photos, status updates, and virtual gifts. The site has gotten in trouble before when two girls, ages 12 and 15, and a 13 year old boy, who downloaded the app, were allegedly raped by adults who were using the app to meet children. The article, written by Dan Lyons at Newsweek’s The Daily Beast, can be read  here . The company has subsequently closed the app and only publishes the adult version, however, there isn’t any difference between the two versions except that the adult version “requires” that you’re 18 or older to join. It’s a fairly arbitr

Mashup of Stars and Whales Singing God's Praise by Louie Giglio

"The whole universe praises God.  Shouldn't we?  This video is about 14 minutes, but it is worth every second of your time.  It changed my understanding of God.  Honest!"

Where there's a will, there's a social network: Instagram is the new Facebook for tweens and teens

By Shannan, October 22, 2012 You may have decided that your tween or teen isn't ready for Facebook. The world of social networking may be a bit more than they can handle right now. But have you allowed Instagram, the free photo sharing app that can be cute or artistic? Instagram and photos are different, right? Actually, maybe not. It seems that Instagram is the new Facebook. Instagram users have the ability to comment on photos and post status updates. With those capabilities, Instagram is really not all the different from Facebook, and many kids are using it in the same way they would Facebook or another social network. Instagram requires that users be 13 years old to have an account, the same age requirement for a Facebook account. Instagram is the top photography site among teens ages 12 to 17, with 1 million teens visiting the site during July. (For adults, the top photo site was Flickr.) There are more than 80 million Instagram users. Facebook p