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Instagram Releases Reels Everywhere (Move over TikTok)

What is Instagram Reels? Reels is “Instagram’s attempt to keep you away from TikTok.” You add music and effects to videos – it’s almost that simple. Here’s Instagram’s own announcements: Introducing Instagram Reels Here are various articles talking about the Reels release: The Verge: Instagram Launches …

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COVID and Digital Safety

COVID-19 & Digital Safety: 5 Reminders While Your Kids are Stuck at Home

**Updated December 2, 2020 Really, Mom, I’m STILL Doing Homework!  Many kids are going to be “stuck” at home in front of screens a bit more than usual as a result of COVID-19. Michigan schools will be canceled starting on Monday, March 16. Here are a …

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#phonefreeschools – How to Talk to Your School District about Removing Smartphones

I’m often asked how I feel about smartphones in schools.   It happened again. Another internet safety presentation where I was put on the spot to answer a question about kids having personal devices in school. This time, it came from the principal of the high …

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Updated Family Link Set-up

How to Set Up Family Link Parental Controls

**COVID-19 Update related to Chromebooks Many schools are asking kids to use Zoom, which is an extension for the Chrome browser. Normally, Family Link doesn’t allow extensions, but Google recently changed Family Link to now allow a short list of extensions, including Zoom and a printer extension. You …

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