Social Media Apps Provide Porn and a Big Blue Whale that’s Killing Our Kids!

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Social Media Apps Provide Porn and a Big Blue Whale that’s Killing Our Kids.

Have you heard of the Blue Whale Challenge?

No?

Stop what you are doing and Google it.  Better yet, get on your Instagram and key in #thebluewhalechallenge.

Be prepared, this game is being blamed for over 100 suicides in Russia and the UK.

It’s made its way to our shores and recently claimed the life of a 15 year-old  Texas child.

It’s time you learn what it is, how to prepare your child, and ways to combat the toxic stream that’s flooding social media. Continue reading

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Social Media: You Child is Spending NINE Hours A Day On it!

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Social Media: You Child is Spending NINE Hours a Day On It!

Social media apps are saturated with porn.  Porn is not, however, the only problem.  The problems associated with social media, particularly among the generation raised with unfettered access to social media, range from lack of trust to a loss of hope.

Note the lament of a teenager raised in the digital age.  While her voice is her own, it’s one familiar to and representative of so many more:

“I have terrible trust issues.  Ever since middle school and everybody got their phones.  I don’t feel like I can trust anyone.” ~Carrie, 15 year-old teen from Boca Raton, FL.

The book where I found this quote is called, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers, by Nancy Jo Sales.  Carrie, and the host of teenage girls studied in this groundbreaking book, goes on to describe the world of Finstas.

A Hidden World Within the App

Finstas are fake Instagram accounts that middle school aged and younger children create to keep them hidden from their parents.

Do you know if your child has a Finsta?

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A Father’s Confession: How Instagram Made Me Feel Like a Fool

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A Father’s Confession: How Instagram Made Me Feel Like a Fool

Warning: Explicit Content Ahead!  The content of this post deals directly with pornography and the immediate access our children have to it through social media apps.  As such, the language and specific wording is more explicit than many of my posts.

I believe, firmly, this is a message that must be voiced, heard, and shared.   I do, however, recognize that many may find it offensive.  It’s not my intent to offend, but to inform.  I plan on writing a series of posts addressing issues relating to social media apps in the coming weeks and months.  Please, feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns, or simply need help.  You can reach me at bizgainey@gmail.com or biz@menagainstporn.org.


I blew it, I confess.

I’ve never truly monitored my children’s Instagram accounts the way they ought to be monitored.

Why?

Because the social media app comes with a “T” rating, which means – ostensibly – that it’s a #Pornfree app.

However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

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