Apple’s content filter for kids is still letting pornographic and violent search results through

Apple’s parental controls in iOS 12 are rather inconsistent: certain sex-related terms are blocked, but other troubling results — such as alt-right websites and support for terrorism — are allowed, sex education site spotted.

The settings are found under Screen Time, which Apple introduced last month in iOS 12. Using Screen Time, parents can set an iPhone to hide inappropriate content from children. But according to’s findings, and as confirmed by The Verge, the filter doesn’t allow for searches like “safe sex,” “sex assault hotline,” and “sex education,” but it does allow searches for bombing, poisoning, and even joining a terrorist group.

Read more… (The Verge)

Related Link: Links for Parents


Use of School Facilities Approved

Coming to a school near you

Our application to the Elk Grove Unified School District for use of school facilities has been approved! We initiated our application just last month, and we received district approval just this afternoon.

We’ll continue to offer Teen Talk and other events at the Teen Center USA. We’re moving ahead with our plans to expand our Teen Talk program by offering additional events at local schools, beginning with Elizabeth Pinkerton Middle School.

Be sure to check our event calendar to see which events are coming up!

Teen Talk program featured in Elk Grove Citizen

We’d like to give a giant, heartfelt “Thank you!” to Monica Stark for the wonderful article in the latest issue of the Elk Grove Citizen, titled “A Talk from the Heart.” The article focuses on our new Teen Talk program and the good it’s doing for youth in our community.

There was a great mention of the Teen Center USA as well as pictures of TC Site Mentor Jerome Smoot, Face2Face volunteer Bobby Uppal, our own Mark Arsenault, Margaret Arsenault and the girls, too!

Make sure to check it out, and tell the Elk Grove Citizen that you appreciate them covering local organizations like ours!

Suicide risk in abused teen girls linked to mother-daughter conflict

Among adolescents who suffered maltreatment as children, not all entertain suicidal thoughts. So what can we learn about those who do?

Researchers at the University of Rochester’s Mt. Hope Family Center have found an answer by looking at the relationships between teenage girls and their mothers.

In the study, published in the journal Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, the researchers identified a stark correlation between both poor mother-daughter relationships and high degrees of conflict—with the likelihood of suicidal thoughts.


Related Link: Teen Talk Program