nextTalk

nextTalk started in a living room with a group of parents who were overwhelmed with the new challenges of cyberparenting. Today, we’re a nonprofit organization in the state of Texas, and we’re an approved 501(c)(3) entity by the Internal Revenue Service.

Our goal is to unite parents, educators and communities so we can …

  • share information re: rapidly changing social media, apps and any topic that arises due to early online explosure;
  • effectively develop open communication in families; and
  • learn together to safely raise the next generation in this digital world.

We have created the nextTalk video series for you to use as curriculum in your current home or church group. If you don’t have a small group, we encourage you to gather two or three of your closest friends and start a home or church group. Curriculum is provided by our nonprofit organization for free to any group. In addition to our biblically-based satellite groups and video series, we also offer these types of events:

Community Talks—Non-religious presentations based solely on keeping kids safe online. We present to school PTAs, parent groups and community organizations. We teach about online integrity, parental controls, specific apps and social media and, most importantly, how to create a safe zone for your children to continually talk with you about what they’re seeing and hearing in their online world. Healthy parent-child dialogues are necessary to keep kids safe online.

Conferences/Workshops —We can bring nextTalk to your church or other venue. These presentations can be tailored to meet your specific needs. We have several options available.

Guest Speaking—We also speak at churches, parent groups, FCA groups and other events.

For more information on nextTalk, click here.

Recent Posts

A Threesome in an App Rated 9+. What?

Last month, my then 9yo son was playing a 9+ app — a cool little bunny app called “Bunny Evolution.” I can find nothing inappropriate with the game, and there is no connectivity to other players which makes it an ideal app for younger kids.

However, as my little boy was playing the harmless bunny app, these ads popped up for another app called, “Choices.”

As you can see from the top picture, a girl’s boyfriend is cheating on her with another man. One of the options is to join them for a threesome. Join them?!?!

Parent alert: Ads can pop-up in games and are not restricted to the same age category as the app your child is playing.

Here is a description of the “Choices” app:

Parent alert: Age ratings are sometimes incorrect. The Choices app (which have these scenarios) are rated 12+. I’m sorry, no. In my opinion, that’s not appropriate for a 6th or 7th grader. Not even close

I know a post like this can raise a lot of fear in parents. Trust me, I’ve tried to bubble-wrap my kids. I’ve tried to say “no” to all technology. It didn’t work. My kids were still exposed to things from other kids. But, please don’t panic. I’ve found the solution is to create a culture of open communication in our homes. It sounds so simple, but the process of getting our kids to tell us what they’re really seeing and hearing online is a complicated process. I wrote a whole book about it. You can read the intro for free by clicking here.

By the way, my son reported all of this to me immediately. I told him, “I’m so proud of you for telling me and protecting your own heart and mind.” I’m not going to punish him and take away technology when he did everything right.

Do you have a similar story about ads in apps? If you do, please leave a comment and screenshots, if you have them.

Cyberparenting has blindsided all of us. We need to work together. Connect with us at nextTalk, a nonprofit organization providing practical solutions on how to keep our kids safe online.

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