Website aims to keep parents updated on dangerous teen trends

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CLEVELAND-– It seems like every day there’s a new smartphone app kids are using or a new word they’re saying.

How can any parent possibly keep up with what’s popular if it’s always changing? Well, now they can with It was created by John Michels and Tim Sabens.

“My goal behind the site was to create a resource for parents to share what they already knew, but also to educate themselves on things that they didn’t know across a broad range of categories,” Michels said.

CarefulParents lists new slang terms, song lyric meanings, new popular apps, and trends like the Duct Tape challenge and drinking “Dew Shine.”

He said the idea originated after hearing about a case in Wisconsin involving two 12-year-old girls who stabbed their friend 19 times. The girls claimed they did it to please a fictional character named Slenderman. Michels said he was disturbed by what happened and decided something had to be done.

“Our site is completely free and once you become a member, you can contribute anything you may know. We call them alerts, and then you can also comment on other posts on the site and then we also have a forum section as well,” he said.

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