Shades of social media researcher danah boyd’s finding on teens’ “social steganography” (hiding in plain sight): The Daily reports (about halfway into a 2-min. video) that, because so many parents are now monitoring their kids on Facebook and checking their texts, “an enormous amount of teenagers” are using Instagram to take random photos just so […]
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Filtering, monitoring and other “parental control” technologies
Back in 2005, a friend in Massachusetts referred to his daughters’ constant instant messaging (remember that?!) as “a window into their lives that I wouldn’t have otherwise. [My daughter] leaves her computer on a table beside my desk, and I get to watch a bunch of this stuff happening. Sort of like me working while […]
As mobile apps multiply like rabbits and the number of kids downloading and playing with them seems to keep growing, the usefulness of app ratings to parents seems to be growing too. CTIA – the mobile phone industry trade association – gets this. It recently announced an app rating system it has been working on […]
…for now – until the blocking technology works with all browsers – families make it a rule that kids use Firefox and they download this plug-in for it: the MetaCert Add-on. Firefox is the only browser for which there’s a .xxx blocking tool, but that’s changing. It’ll work with Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Opera […]
This is smart. Now, while you’re standing in a store aisle staring at a bunch of videogame titles – or right when your kid’s saying, “That’s it, that’s the game on my list, Mom/Dad!” – you can get details from the game-rating source on the spot, pretending you got a text message (feigning disinterest so […]
GetParentalControls.org, which tests Web filters, announced its top picks and some filtering trends.
Facebook’s only one site youth use. This article looks at other sites, virtual worlds and categories of interest to kids – and a new tool for monitoring kids’ use of some of them.
More and more parents are taking away the cellphone, laptop, or Xbox as a disciplinary measure, and sometimes it even works!
A dad writes about his experiences with a smart kid’s workaround, parenting gamers, and Xbox parental controls present and future.