All the other news this past week kept crowding out the Facebook movie, which I figure many of you have seen by now, maybe with your kids. The film, released last Friday, has done well at the box office, having made $28.7 million by Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday, and expected to gross another $12 million to 15 million this weekend. Movie critics really liked it. The film … [Read more...] about Facebook the movie
I'm sure Internet industry CEOs who've said or implied that "privacy is dead" are wishing they never had. I am too – but for different reasons. Where online kids are concerned, statements like that break an important global discussion down into a simplistic, binary argument about whether or not companies protect children's privacy. That argument keeps us (parents) focused on the wrong things and … [Read more...] about Youth privacy study: Should focus be only on parents’ views?
A bit more on Facebook's location-sharing product, Places (here's my last post on it ). I don't think Places is going to be all that popular with people under 16 (non-drivers), except maybe urban dwellers with easy access to public transport. But I could turn out to be wrong and would appreciate hearing from you if you're finding that kids at your house or school are using it a lot (pls email … [Read more...] about Revisiting FB’s Places (& kids’ use of it)
Facebook announced two significant new products today (Oct. 6) – not the privacy-feature tweaks and redesigns users have become accustomed to and not like Places, which had us all scrambling to work out the privacy and safety implications (here's what I blogged about on that). Your data download The first pushes right past Facebook's claim that you own the content you put in the site to … [Read more...] about Two milestone Facebook products
Togetherville, the social network site for kids 10 and under wants them to have a voice in the big discussion about education reform (and maybe how their schools are run) – kid by kid, school by school. It just launched its School Communities program, further tying children's social networks in Togetherville into their school networks (I say "further" because kids' online social networks are … [Read more...] about Togetherville gives students a platform