It’s back-to-school time again — and in today’s classroom, technology has become as much of a school supply as pencils and a fresh notebook. The Pew Research Center confirms that 95 percent of teenagers are online, and this number has remained consistent since 2006. Three out of 4 teens are using the internet on cellphones, tablets and other mobile devices. And while many schools are working to ban cellphones in the classroom, potentially improving test scores, it’s safe to say most kids are using their phones in or around class as much as possible.
As a parent, no matter how savvy you are about privacy settings or how open a relationship you have with your child, tween or teen, you may not know exactly how some of their favorite apps work — or why the heck they’re spending hours on them.
Allow us to provide your cheat sheet to the most popular apps kids are using — the good, the bad and the “delete this one from their cellphone now.” Here’s what you need to know about them so you can better understand your child’s tech habits.