Finsta: Does your child have a secret Instagram account?

Does your child have a secret Instagram account? Find out now. For more information about social media, kids and online safety, visit

There’s a new trend in Instagram, and your children may not be letting you in on it: Finsta, which stands for Fake Instagram. Finsta is a term teens have coined to describe a workaround to avoid the oversight of parents checking in on their Instagram accounts. In other words, Finsta is a secret Instagram account […]

The one documentary every parents with teens should watch right now

Social_Animals provides an eye-opening look at teens and Instagram. Digital Citizen Academy weighs in. To learn more about how to help your teens with Instagram, visit

One of Netflix’s latest documentaries, Social_Animals dives deep into the world of three teenagers whose lives have changed because of social media. There’s Kaylyn, a 15-year-old whose rise to internet fame and her journey into fashion is documented; Humza, a daredevil photographer known for stunning images from unfathomable — and dangerous heights — in New […]

Dangerous Apps: What You Might Not Know

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It can be difficult to know if your child is using dangerous apps and what the consequences might be. “In 2013, a twelve-year-old girl was lured away from her home by a 21 year-old-man. Once they met, he took her to a motel and took advantage of her. How did this little girl meet this terrible […]

Social Media Challenges: Popular and Dangerous

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Over the past few years, social media challenges like the Tide Pod, Cinnamon, Ice and Bird Box Challenge have surfaced. While wildly popular with teens, these risky, often life threatening, challenges have been a frustration to parents. Newsweek published an article about the appeal of challenges to teens stating, “Attempting to grasp the motives behind […]