Understanding Kik and Snapchat

Lori Getz, MA Technology Expert, shares advice for parents on what they should know in order to keep their children safe when using apps like Kik and Snapchat
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Understanding Kik and Snapchat

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Kick is a mobile application that allows you to group text with both people you know and you can even invite people in that you don't know. Snapchat is another mobile application that allows you to take a picture and send it from one mobile device to another and you can have that picture self destruct between 1 and 10 seconds at the other end. It's very Mission Impossible like. People think that just because a Snap Chat self destructs after 10 seconds that it's gone forever, but this is really not true. First, if you look at the privacy policy on Snapchat, they very clearly tell you that their Snapchat photos stay on their server for an undetermined amount of time. So the Snapchat server has it. Also the person at the other end can use another device to take a snapshot of that image and keep it forever.

Lori Getz, MA Technology Expert, shares advice for parents on what they should know in order to keep their children safe when using apps like Kik and Snapchat

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Lori Getz, M.A.

Technology Expert

Since 2004 Lori has worked as an Instructional Technologist in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and is certified by isafe.org as an Internet Safety Specialist. In September 2008 Lori founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security and ethics.  Since that time Lori has reached out to Internet users across the world!  Her mission is simple- to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers. 

Today, Cyber Education Consultants provides workshops, professional development and consulting services to more than 100 schools across the country.

Lori is an educator, mother, and Internet safety expert.  She has appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," “Dr. Drew” and several other local news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM).  She often lectures live, speaking to parents, teachers and students. Lori has been published in several areas including as an online expert for momlogic.com and kidsinthehouse.org.  Most recently was featured in Rachel Simmons’ new edition of “Odd Girl Out” and Lucie Hemmen’s, Ph.D “Parenting a Teen Girl.” She is currently working with the “I Have a Plan” series to develop a children’s book on online safety.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, tweens and teens.  

 

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