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If you have teenagers and twenty-somethings in your household, you may want to read this article. It talks about an app that has recently become very poopular called Snapchat which allows users exchange texts, images, and videos with other users. Sounds harmless until you delve further and discover that whatever is sent self-destructs in less than 10 seconds. That means that racy photos won't "live" on the other person's phone for eternity, which could give users a false sense of security and decreased inhibitions in what they text.

Although there is no way to tell if the amount of sexting, naked photos and inappropriate videos has risen because of this app (and another from Facebook called "Facebook Poke"), it might be a good idea to check your teens' smartphones and have an honest discussion about what your family deems appropriate texting material.

Read the article HERE.

 

5/11/13: Update to the Snapchat craze: Apparently these supposedly deleted photos can be recovered off of Android devices, and forensic examiners are working on iPhones. Read the whole article on Forbes.com.  

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Pouches Visits the Past

HistoryCamp

If Pouches' experience at History Camp is any indication, your son or daughter will enjoy joining Washington Heritage Museums and the George Washington Foundation for History Camp in Fredericksburg. The week-long day camp will be held June 25-29, from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day.

Young historians discover American history with hands-on experiences as they walk in the footsteps where the history of Fredericksburg, and a budding America, was created. The camp complements the history taught in classrooms with activities such as soap making, code breaking, colonial crafts, penmanship and much more.

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