Facebook said Wednesday that teens can share their posts publicly for the first time, but the default privacy setting for new users will limit their sharing to friends only."While only a small fraction of teens using Facebook might choose to post publicly, this update now gives them the choice to share more broadly, just like on other social media services," reads a press release from Facebook.
Until now, Facebook said, teens aged 13 to 17 joining the service defaulted to being able to share information -- status updates, photos, videos, and the like -- with anybody in … Read more
Teenagers in California worried that their online posts might jeopardize their future opportunities have gained a measure of recourse in the form of an online "eraser button."
Legislation signed Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown will require Web sites, apps, and online services geared toward minors to offer, by 2015, the option of removing information posted by minors should they request it. The motivation behind the law to prevent young adults from being haunted by youthful indiscretions.
"Children and teens often self-reveal before they self-reflect and may post sensitive personal information about themselves -- and about others -- … Read more
The teens who broke into his house used social media to advertise a raging party, but now the former pro football player is using the same social-networking tools to track down those responsible for trashing his house.
When Brian Holloway, who played offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders during the 1980s, first saw the photos of teens partying in his upstate New York home, he thought they were a hoax. Images posted to Twitter by party-goers showed teenagers dancing on his dining room table during an unauthorized Labor Day party that was attended by an … Read more
Just ask my 2-year-old and 5-year-old who can frequently be found running around our house in nothing but their underwear. The tricky part for parents is making sure that their sense of privacy has kicked in by the time they do log on to social networks for the first time.
Moms and Dads can't assume teens know what they should and shouldn't share online. And just because children meet the … Read more
Remember the good ol' days when parents and teenagers didn't talk the same language? That's so pre-Internet. Nowadays, kids and parents are connecting online -- a trend that's not only affording parents a window into their children's lives but that also seems to be benefiting the kids, a new study out of Brigham Young University finds.
Reporting in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, BYU professors Sarah Coyne and Laura Padilla-Walker say that their survey of nearly 500 families finds that kids who friend their parents online feel closer to them in real life, and … Read more
Spy on Ask.fm's public stream and you'll feel like you've been transported back to middle school, dumped in the center of he-said, she-said dramas -- sometimes innocuous, sometimes not. Here, hormone-crazed young boys and girls banter about their after-school plans, tease their peers, boast about their most recent hookups, and try to appear cool with expletives and graphic language.
Ask.fm is a 3-year-old question-and-answer app that's wracked up 57 million users and is adding members at a rate of 200,000 a day. It's spreading from kid to kid, infiltrating middle schools and … Read more
It must be peculiar for children of the Internet age.
They are the first to have a complete record of their whole lives. They are the first who'll be able to offer concrete proof of every one of their days, friends, and actions.
Eric Schmidt worries, however, that they'll be the first who'll never be allowed to forget their mistakes.
As the Telegraph reports, Schmidt spoke Saturday at the Hay Festival in the U.K. and offered some sobering thoughts for those addled by online life.
He said: "There are situations in life that it's … Read more
A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society has mostly good news about how teens approach privacy issues on social-networking services.
While "teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they did in the past," according to the study, "few teens embrace a fully public approach to social media," but "take an array of steps to restrict and prune their profiles." Here's the full report.
The study also found that:Teen Twitter use has … Read more
Facebook is applying its "Hacker Way" to help youngsters be more responsible in the social-networking realm.
On Thursday, the company announced Project:Connect, a partnership between the social network, the MacArthur Foundation, Mozilla, and the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) that's designed to shed light on what it means to participate responsibly in digital environments. Together, the partners will host an all-day hackathon in New York on May 9.
"We need to give youth the tools they need to become engaged and responsible digital citizens," Connie Yowell, director of education at the MacArthur Foundation, said … Read more