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Two Conversations We Need to Have
by Jonathan McKee
12/12/2017

Have you ever regretted something you posted on social media?

Don’t feel bad, 57% of Americans who use social media have posted something they regret afterwards. And that’s just adults. Now jump into the brain of a 10-year-old. Yes, a 10-year-old. Nielsen research labels age 10 as the “mobile adoption sweet spot” because the average age a child receives a smartphone today is 10.3 years-old. How is a 10-year-old supposed to make wise decisions on their favorite social media apps like Snapchat, Instagram or FriendO? (Especially when COPPA—Child Online Privacy Protection Act—regulates that you have to be at least 13 to be on any of those three apps).

Today’s young people don’t think for more than 3 seconds before they post, press SEND, or accept a friend request (the more friends the better, right?). Sadly, the pics they post, the rants they engage in and the connections they make often lead to dire consequences.

JONATHAN'S BLOG: The Top 10 Apps of 2017
The year-end is almost here, and that always triggers our look back at the most popular songs, apps, books, posts… of the entire year.

We’ll start by looking at the top 10 free apps downloaded from the iTunes store in 2017… with Snap up at the top once again.

No, Snapchat wasn’t actually No. 1 like last year, but Bitmoji was, which is owned by Snap (nice purchase!), slipping Snapchat into No. 2 (I guess consumers missed the memo that Snapchat was having a rough year). And no… Pokemon Go didn’t make the list this year. (Pokemon who?)

Here’s the top 10!

  1. Bitmoji (not even in the top 10 last year)



  1. Snapchat (No. 1 last year)



  1. YouTube (up from No. 6 last year)



  1. Facebook Messenger (dropping from No. 2 last year)



  1. Instagram (same place as last year)



  1. Facebook (also same place)



  1. Google Maps (also same place)



  1. Netflix (up from No. 9 last year)



  1. Spotify (up from No. 10 last year)



  1. Uber (not even in the top 10 last year)


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What Do You Know About Me?
Is the FriendO App Just an Excuse to Get Risqué?
David R. Smith

In bed, I am:

Aggressive 
Passive 
A mix between aggressive and passive 
Passive aggressive

That’s just one of the questions from a new app that’s growing in popularity with young...
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