Author Archive | James Munton

Snapchat Streaks

Most parents of teens have heard of Snapchat – the photo and video messaging app, where the messages disappear after being viewed. But what are SnapStreaks and should you be concerned about them? Yes you should.

My parents both smoked cigarettes. And so did I. One morning 20 years ago, I asked myself why I was choosing to be a slave to something which was so bad for my health. And just like that, I quit.

When two friends send a Snap to each other on three consecutive days, they start a streak. A flame icon and a number will appear next to their names indicating how many days their streak has lasted. To keep the streak going, each friend must continue to send a snap back and forth every day.

This becomes addictive and time consuming. They become slaves to the app. Those little numbers next to their list of friends can lead to self-esteem issues, anxiety and depression. Several studies have suggested that Snapchat is one of the worst social media apps for teen emotional and mental well-being.

At almost every school I visit, I hear the same stories from students and their parents – kids who have lost access to their phones will give their login details to other friends to keep their streaks going. This is very risky behavior since offensive or inappropriate messages sent will be blamed on the child who owns the account. Your child.

And all this potential misery is for what? To keep a little number ticking up on a social media app?

Many kids come to the realization of how absurd this is all by themselves and let their streaks die. They discover that they are much happier when they do.

But other kids do get hooked. My advice? Prevent your child from becoming addicted to drugs, tobacco or SnapStreaks and Just Say No.

Instagram Advice for Parents

In the last CyberSense Minute, Mirabai explained why many kids like to have a second Instagram spam account.

Teens enjoy using Instagram and it is often the first social media account they ask their parents permission to sign up. Here are a few ground rules I recommend discussing with your kids.

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Instagram Spam Accounts

Here’s an interesting question from Helen in Katy, TX who asked:

“We finally allowed our daughter to get Instagram on the condition that we can see what she posts. I have now discovered my daughter has a secret, second Instagram account and I don’t know what she posts or who she is talking to. She told me it is just her Spam account. What is that exactly?”

Thank you for the message, Helen, and here is today’s CyberSense Minute presented by Mirabai.

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Cell Phones and Sleep

Here is a message I received from Tracy in Frisco, Texas:

“Hi James, in your show you recommend teens don’t have phones in bed. My teen uses her phone as an alarm clock and also likes to listen to music to help her get to sleep. What do you think?” Continue Reading →

The Concern of a Middle School Parent

Yesterday, a principal told me something that gave me a physical pain in my chest.

I was visiting his middle school to present my CyberSense program. I always chat with the principal and/or counselors and discuss recent challenges pertaining to their students’ use of technology.

On this occasion, the principal shook his head sadly as he told me that they had discovered naked photos of several 7th Grade girls on a boy’s phone. Upon further investigation, it emerged that many of the other boys also had the photos on their phones.

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The amazing pill which will help your kids sleep better

Have you heard about the amazing pill which will help your kids sleep better and improve school grades? It is 100% safe and legal. The drug companies don’t want you to know about it…

Adults in America give their children a lot of drugs each year. Over 8 million children take some type of prescription psychiatric medication. And millions more parents are giving their kids unregulated drugs like melatonin to help them sleep.

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It is time to book your assembly program for next year!

CyberSense is a nationally touring program and I have limited dates available in each area. Please call my office today at 1-888-773-2155 to reserve a date for your school!

James Munton interviewed on FSN

James was a guest today on Kerry Lutz’s Financial Survival Network.

During the interview, James describes a scary con that has led to 150 Americans being held in foreign prisons. He also talks about the huge problem of child identity theft and what parents need to know.

Click below to listen…

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