23 Technology Terms If you’re not as tech-savvy as you’d like to be, the information below will hopefully help you better understand some of the lingo. u Apps – small specialized programs generally written for mobile devices such as smartphones. u Cyberbullying – using technology to embarrass, harass, or threaten an- other person. Cyberbullying can have a devastating effect on its victims. u Gaming – online games are a popular form of entertainment, but they should be monitored. Game ratings are available at www.esrb.org. u Malware (malicious software) – software designed to damage a comput- er or to gain access to personal data, without the user’s knowledge. u Messaging – a way for people to communicate online through text mes- sages, photos, and videos. u Profile – a web page posted by an individual on a social networking site. Profiles share information about a person’s interests, activities, etc. Many profiles also include pictures and videos. u Sexting – sending sexually explicit images or messages by cell phone. u Snapchat – this image messaging app allows users to send pictures or videos that self-destruct a few seconds after they are viewed. u Social Networking Sites – websites used to post photos, videos, and personal information. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are popular sites. u Twitter – a social networking service that allows users to send and re- ceive short text messages (tweets). Tweets are posted on a profile page and delivered to “followers” (subscribers). In order to guide and protect your child, learn as much as you can about the technology your child is using, and provide guidelines and limits. Provide Technology Guidelines and Limits