‘Tis the Season to Share, but with a Cell Phone, Share Wisely
by Lynette Owens
It’s so easy to share photos using mobile social networking apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. The fact that we can capture something we’ve seen and need to share immediately with our friends and family is an amazing ability. One tap and you have a picture. One more and you have a massive audience for it.
During Hurricane Sandy, Instagram logged around 1.3 million photos tagged with the word #sandy. These were images taken by the public and shared with the world, so the rest of us could see what was happening, up close and in near real-time. It will go down as another shining example of social media’s usefulness and power to do good.
But the same tools can be misused, to the detriment of the person using it. We’ve seen a current trend among youth around the world taking and photos of private information in and sharing them in public places. Before giving your kids a smart phone this holiday, be aware and ready to give your kids the right guidance.
Here’s a list of links on safe social sharing from some of the major social networks:
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/safety/groups/parents/
- Flickr: http://in.safely.yahoo.com/flickr-safety-guide-000000241.html
- Instagram’s Tips for Parents: http://help.instagram.com/customer/portal/articles/615900-tips-for-parents
- Twitter: http://support.twitter.com/articles/470968-safety-tips-for-parents#
Here’s a list of organizations and sites for more tips on helping kids use technology safely and responsibly:
- Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Families program –http://internetsafety.trendmicro.com
- ConnectSafely – www.connectsafely.org
- Common Sense Media – www.commonsensemedia.org
- iKeep Safe Coalition – www.iKeepSafe.org
Lynette Owens is Global Director of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids and Families (ISKF) program. As a pro-technology parent and Internet safety advocate, Lynette spends most of her time raising awareness and educating the public about the safe and responsible use of the Internet, recruiting fellow employee volunteers to get involved around the world, or volunteering her own time in her community. For more on Lynette see: http://internetsafety.trendmicro.com/our-bloggers/
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