If you don’t already know Instagram is used but a lot of kids and teens to communicate with one another. The picture sharing app was bought recently by Facebook. Instagram has added a new feature that allows users to “add” the names of people in their photos to their posts. There are both public and private settings and parents and teens alike should know the difference. Larry Magid breaks it down in this post.
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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) revised it’s online kids privacy rule recently. The new rules go into effect this summer. Parents of children under 13 years old probably won’t notice many changes to how their kids interact with their web sites. But our friend Larry Magid explains the changes in this Forbes post.
Our friend Anne Collier at NetFamilyNews wrote a great piece about the fun app SnapChat, but also warns about a false sense of security. See post at Snapchat: Privacy as perishable as the photos.
More and more technology is the go to gift from parents and from Santa around the holidays. Once the boxes are unboxed make sure to take a few moments setting up parental controls on those game consoles, iPads, and phones this year. The USA Today’s blog has some great advice for parents in a blog post titled “Setting up your child’s new tech gifts“. Check it out.
Last year leading researchers danah boyd and Alice Marwick wrote a frank paper about how teens view and manage their privacy. This extremely influential research piece forced many of us to rethink our preconceived notions of how teens view privacy and how they deal with privacy issues. And, it provided an unvarnished assessment of the role parents play in that equation.
PBS affiliate KQED’s MindShift wrote a very good piece based on the boyd/Marwick research that’s more accessible. It’s worth a read. We’re thrilled that great research is starting to be reflected in journalistic reporting on these issues.
Yesterday the Washington Post’s On Parenting Blog wrote an article titled “Instagram: What parents need to know.” The article discusses whether Instagram, a social camera and photo editing app for iPhone and Android phones, is safe for use by youth. The article was conspicuously written shortly after Facebook announced that it would buy the little app company for $1 billion (No, that’s not a typo. “B” as in Billion). The article references a helpful article written by YourSphere media about that topic.
The takeaway is that Instagram is a social photo app network. Anything that takes a photo and uploads it should be treated with caution — as the article rightly points out. The article also notes the possibility that the app can be used for bullying. All true. But, I think it’s worth noting that most Internet and online technologies pose that same possibility and that the overwhelming percentage of teens and tweens manage to deal pretty well with those pitfalls. Beyond that there seems to be nothing inherently unsafe about Instagram. The only issue we could see with the article was that during a recent Android installation of Instagram there seemed to be no age requirement and statement of age as the article suggests. Perhaps it’s only in iPhone OS.
Of course, sexting and bullying are real problems that parents must be mindful of. Our friends at ConnectSafely.org have writting some great pieces on the pitfalls of bullying and how to deal with sexting.
Many of us use a lot of different Google services from GMail to Blogger.com. For a long time Google has centered your privacy report in its Dashboard where you can see your data practices across those services. Today, Google introduced an upgrade to that service called Account Activity. Here’s a Google blog post describing how to activate it. Basically, it gives you more info about how you use Google services across the board. Pretty cool for the privacy conscience.
Google+ is Google’s social networking service and until now it’s been closed to teens. The Google+ team delayed teens’ access so that they can build a safe and sensible social networking environment for teens from the ground up rather than retrofitting one later. Our friends at ConnnectSafely.org have developed “A Parent’s Guide to Google +” that explains the service and its approach to safety and security. Check it out here.
Today Verizon Wireless started spotlighting Net Safety Tips On The Go, the first-ever digital safety and security advice app for Android smartphones and tablets as part of National Internet Safety Month. Net Safety Tips OTG is also featured in the Parental Controls Center, Verizon Wireless’ comprehensive website with information to help consumers manage and create a digital experience that’s just right for their families.
Net Safety Tips On The Go, developed by GetNetWise.org, is available to Verizon Wireless customers through V CAST Apps. V CAST Apps gives Verizon Wireless customers an ever-expanding selection of games, productivity tools, entertainment and news apps. We are pleased to be featured so prominently by Verizon Wireless, whose dedication to family safety and personal privacy is astonishing.
The content for Net Safety Tips OTG is contributed by three of the other premier online safety education organizations in the world — Common Sense Media, ConnectSafely.org, OnGuardOnline.gov. This innovative app makes it easy for consumers and families to keep up with mobile and online privacy, safety, and security issues using their Android smartphone or tablet. Net Safety Tips OTG is also looking for additional content partners. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have an Android phone or tablet download the App from the Market by searching for “Net Safety Tips.” Visit http://netsafetyapp.org/ for more information.
Verizon Wireless Press Release
Verizon, Google team on Android digital safety and security app
June 20, 2011, By Jason Ankeny
One of the world’s most prolific and followed tweeters, Ashton Kucher (@aplusk ), found out the hard way that it’s very important to take precautions using open WiFi hotspots to communicate. At a recent technology conference Kucher’s Twitter ID was stolen and his account was hijacked by an activist [story]. We at GetNetWise can’t say it enough, take precautions when using WiFi.
You don’t need to suffer Kucher’s fate when using open WiFi networks at your local coffee shop or airport terminal. Just make sure you are using SSL. Make sure the URL address starts with “httpS://” — the “S” stands for secure. Do not logon or transmit any sensitive info such without seeing it. Here;s how to protect your Twitter and Facebook IDs over open WiFi:
In Twitter, just make sure to type in the “S” into the URL address when logging on. Insert “S” after the “http” and before the colon, like this: httpS://www.twitter.com . Just remember.
In Facebook you can do the same thing. Just make sure to type in the “S” into the URL address when logging on. Insert “S” after the “http” and before the colon, like this: httpS://www.facebook.com . The first time you do this you will see a blue button that reads “Enable Secure Browsing” (See below). Click that and your default login will be secure.