When I first read Janell Hoffman’s 18-point contract for her 13-year-old son Greg’s cellphone use, I was a little put off. So it really helped to watch Good Morning America’s video story about it. Why? Because GMA gave it a light touch, and reporter Akiko Fujita pointed out afterwards that “a lot of this was [...]
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You know that texting doesn’t just happen on phones, right? Kids can (and do) download a free texting app to any wi-fi-enabled device – iPod Touches, iPads, Android tablets, etc. – and text with their friends for hours without racking up any Verizon, AT&T or other mobile carriers’ charges. For the same reason that they’re [...]
A lot of people find targeted advertising creepy – and just plain wrong if targeted at kids, especially little ones. Well, if your kids have iPhones and they have the latest operating-system software, iOS 6, then you can help them turn off apps’ ability to “learn” their interests and target ads at them. Apple calls [...]
Remember Pokemon cards? My kids were crazy about them when they were little, and I didn’t mind supporting that passion because the cards were part of what seemed like a whole field of child anthropology. At a very young age, kids were learning about the traits, customs, physical abilities, relations, culture, etc. of an imaginary [...]
There’s one-stop shopping now for parents seeking ratings info about videogames. ESRB, the gaming industry’s ratings organization, and FamilyFriendlyVideogames have teamed up to put each game’s rating, content description, and a link to ESRB’s rating summary on its “Report Card” page in FamilyFriendlyVideogames.com, according to the joint press release. Here’s an example of the Report [...]
The iPhone’s location tracking is an important privacy concern, but do take politicians’ very public linkage of it to predators with a huge grain of salt.
It uses code in cellphone-taken photos to pinpoint where they were taken and possibly locate the photographer.
The Federal Trade Commission will investigate marketing practices following reports and complaints of high iTunes bills for parents from in-game purchases by kids.
He started designing Web sites in the 3rd grade, but he’s finding cellphone app programming more fun.
With this change, Facebook users have to opt in to making their address and phone numbers available to third-party apps, but because they tend to click “Allow” unthinkingly, it’s best to leave those fields blank in their profiles.