Live video streaming from phones
Think mobile Webcam. This is just the sort of tech development that’s good for us parents to think about out of the gate: software that turns mere camera phones into videocams, making it that much easier for people to “broadcast” whatever they want live to the Web or another phone. Stephen Balkam of the Family Online Safety Institute blogs about a spectrum of implications in the Huffington Post, but let’s zoom in on the part about kids, “the early adopters of all things mobile,” Balkam writes. “Parents have bought their teens and tweens mobile phones in the millions to keep in touch with them and, in some cases, track where they are at any given time. Do they realize they’ve just handed them a mobile production unit for live television? Will this take sexting and cyberbullying to a new and more challenging level?” Great fuel for family discussion!