Internet – Tips Arts OY Helsinki's Curated Store. Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:40:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What We’re Reading: Online Safety Starts Offline, Google+ Email Invasion, Bigger Target Data Breach, Where The Teens Are Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:19:10 +0000 To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week.  What have you been reading?

ONLINE SAFETY STARTS OFFLINE : In light of the recent Snapchat breach, our friend and colleague, Anne Collier, provides suggestions on the Modern Parenthood blog on how to help kids handle whatever threats come their way, online or off. She recommends internet safetyguards, including monitoring and filtering, along with empowerment and general respect for who we come in contact with on a daily basis.

NEW GOOGLE+ FEATURE OPENS DOOR TO YOUR INBOX: Last week, Google decided to allow by default anyone on Google+ to email you on Gmail without having your email address.  This has serious privacy implications and is 100% annoying (although it’s pitched as a way to connect easily with others.)  Here’s how you can turn off this feature, or at least modify it so the whole world can’t get to you uninvited.

BIGGER TARGET DATA BREACH: Recently reported data breaches among U.S. retailers appear to be further-reaching than we thought.  Target upped the number of potentially impacted accounts from 40 million to 70 million, and Neiman-Marcus is now reporting they have been hacked, too.  If you shop at Target and are worried or have been impacted, here are some great tips on what to do.

SNAPCHAT APOLOGIZES: More than a week after 4.6 million Snapchat accounts were hacked, the company has decided to apologize. “We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support,” “Team Snapchat” wrote in a company blog post Thursday. Is this sufficient to you?

WHERE THE TEENS ARE: Believe it or not, teens are not hanging out on Facebook like we like to believe.  A recent study found usage by teens dropped 56% in Q3 of 2013. So where are they? WeChat, Instagram, Vine, Flickr, Snapchat, and What’sApp are the favorites of today.

NEW YAHOO! TECH MAG: The who’s who of the tech industry gathered last week to see the best new gadgets to hit store shelves and latest innovations. Making headlines at the show was an announcement by Yahoo! of a new magazine-like site called Yahoo! Tech. With David Pogue (formerly of the New York Times) at the helm, we anticipate it to be a go-to destination for tech news.

4 Tips for Summer Fun with Social Media Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:13:17 +0000 As many schools are out for the year and families are headed for that beach vacation or family visit, I know many kids will be on the road with their phones in tow.

Here are a few things to think about and share with your kids before you head out:

  • Tell them where you’ve been, not where you are :  Have fun and snap lots of pics with your phone to share with friends and family, but think about posting them after you return.  It’s wise to not advertise that you’re away or tell the world exactly where you are.  Also, consider turning off the geo-location tagging on your phone’s camera. You can do this in the privacy settings of a phone.  No need to turn it off for all apps (like Google maps, for example), but by turning it off for the camera, you will not attach the specific location information of where your photos were taken.  Lastly, consider how you talk about your adventures – you can be enthusiastic without boasting.

  • Tag politely :  Tagging etiquette is always something to keep in mind, especially when on vacation with families and friends.   If you tag someone in a photo that you post, that person becomes subject to your privacy settings (whether or not you tag a user in your photo, your whole network may still see the image).  Respect other people’s privacy.  Some parents prefer not to have their children’s photos all over social networks.  So ask before you tag and post.

  • Be a vocal fan: This summer, you may be visiting a new city, watching the World Cup, enjoying summer camp, or attending a concert of your favorite artist.  Tweet about, friend, or follow them on social media and let them and your friends/family know how much you like them.  Since they know and trust you, they may consider it for their own future plans.

  • Keep in touch, but sometimes let go :  It’s great to stay connected with friends and family back home, but think about those you’re with now.  Constantly texting and chatting with far away friends will take you away from what you’re doing.  It will also drain precious battery power that you’ll need to capture photos and videos of your adventures.

During the summer holidays, remember to have fun and do things you can’t normally do during the school year.   It’s absolutely fine to share what you’re doing with far-away friends and family on social media, but do it in a healthy, safe, and balanced way.

4 Good Digital Habits for a New School Year Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:07:59 +0000 As you make the transition from the leisurely pace of summer to the stressful balancing act of earlier bedtimes, new homework routines, and after-school activities, try to factor in how your kids’ use of  technology will change with it.  Over the last few months, you may have been more lax about where, when, and how much time they spent playing apps on your iPad or posting photos on Instagram.  But with schoolwork, sports, clubs, and sleep taking greater priority over their time, you may need to help your kids find a way to balance all of that with leisure tech time.

Here are 4 things to consider as you make the shift, to help your kids develop good digital habits:

1. Remember: not all tech time is equal.

Your kids may need to text you on their way home from school, research something for homework or work on a group project with Google docs.  These are activities make technology a utility. Consider how much time they are using it out of necessity before deciding where tech time for fun fits in.  A blanket : 2 hours of screen time per day rule may be unreasonable (or unfair).

2. Decide how much fun tech time is ok.

You may not have had to say this over the summer, but establish rules and limits about when and where they can use tech for fun, such as after homework is done, only on weekends, etc.  Since many kids need screen time for schoolwork, it might be challenging to know how much additional screen time your kids can have for the Xbox or iPad for fun.  Not sure where to start?  Here’s a great guide from CMCH on how to think about and set time limits.

3. Being a good digital citizen is important year-round.

Regardless of the reason or amount of time they’ll be using technology this school year, the rules and expectations you had in place over the summer about using it safely and responsibly still apply. And remind them of the basics of being safe, kind, and smart about what they’re doing.   You’ll find lots of information on this within this blog, but some to consider during back to school are:

    • Getting into Digital shape make-a-new-school-year-resolution-get-into-digital-shape
    • Safe, Responsible Social Networking: internetsafety.trendmicro this-school-year-help-kids-with-the-safe-responsible-use-of-social-networks

4. Encourage good physical habits with tech.

Lots of screen time and hunching over a laptop or mobile device can take its toll on anyone over time.   Help your kids develop good physical habits to protect their eyes, posture, hands, and overall physical well-being by taking breaks, walking around, stretching etc.   And if they have a very busy day, there may be no time to use technology for fun that day.   For your older kids who have phones, charge them outside their bedroom at night.  Don’t let extra tech time take away the rest and sleep they need to be successful and healthy.

Here are some great guides to bookmark and review:

    • For the eyes, from the Vision Council
    • For posture, from occupational therapist Carol Leynse Harpold:

These tips are not just for kids and are not limited to the school year, so use them yourself and be a good role model for your kids.

Better Together: Let Our Kids Help Create A Better Internet Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:01:08 +0000 Each year, many countries, organizations, governments, schools, and individuals around the world have used Safer Internet Day to raise awareness about a wide range of issues pertaining to the safe and responsible use of the Internet. This year’s theme is “Let’s Create A Better Internet Together.”

Since 2010, we have celebrated this annual day with the “What’s Your Story?” campaign. By design, we don’t say much. Instead, we encourage young people – with their classrooms or as individuals – to tell the world how they see things and what it means to be great at being online.

Let’s just admit: kids know a lot

It seems in many cases, the public dialogue about safe, respectful, and productive technology use has disproportionately been centered on kids. It makes sense as they are who we all believe to be the most vulnerable and in need of the most guidance with the Internet. But the issues of online safety, privacy, piracy, bullying, and overall digital literacy is not only a youth issue. We all need more education and sometimes reminding of what it means to use the Internet wisely.

Parents and educators don’t have the luxury of recalling their past to guide kids. Beyond the obvious rules and laws about appropriate use, we’re all learning and shaping the rules and norms of appropriate Internet use together. It doesn’t matter how old you are, how you use it, or when you use it.

There are 37 million kids aged 3-17 that have access to the Internet, representing 18% of all who have Internet access in the U.S. They are some of the earliest adopters of technology, and certainly those designed as social networks. While we are all worried about them and working furiously to make sure they have the right guidance to navigate the Internet safely and successfully, it’s very likely that we’re still coming up short because we, ourselves, don’t know enough to advise them of everything. Technology is changing so rapidly and the way we’re using it even more so.

5 Ways to Practice Healthy Social Media Skills This Summer Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:57:45 +0000 Throughout the summer vacation months, most (if not all) kids are spending that time with their phones in hand.  While you’re all taking a well-deserved break from the school year, don’t take a vacation from using social media in smart ways.  Here are a few skills to help your kids remember and practice before they head back to school:

Tell them where you’ve been, not where you are : Have fun and snap lots of pics, but think about posting them after you return from your outing. Remember not to advertise that you’re away or tell the world exactly where you are. If you want to share photos during your vacation, change your privacy settings so that the geo-location tagging on your phone’s camera is off and people won’t be able to see your exact location.

Be a vocal fan: This summer, your family may be exploring new shops and restaurants, enjoying summer camp, or checking out a show. Tweet about, friend, or follow these organizations on social media and let them know how much you like them – after you’ve been there!

Tag with caution : Tagging etiquette is always something to keep in mind, especially when on vacation with family and friends. If you tag someone in a photo that you post, that person becomes subject to your privacy settings (whether or not you tag a user in your photo, your whole network may still see the image). Respect other people’s privacy by simply asking their permission before tagging them in a post. Some parents prefer not to have their children’s photos all over social networks, so remember to double check before you post.

Find a hobby: Rather than spending your summer break binge-watching a Netflix show or scrolling through your Instagram feed – find a hobby to fill up your free time. Enjoy your time off, get together with friends, go for a walk, bike, hike, travel and volunteer! Remember to set limits on how much time you spend on your smartphone each day and strike a healthy balance between online and offline activities.

Keep in touch, but not too much : Texting and Snapchatting are great ways to stay connected with friends and family when you’re traveling, but think about those you’re with now. Constantly looking at your phone can take you away from what you’re doing in the moment, so try to leave your phone in the hotel room, unplug and have some fun in the sun! If you cannot part ways with your cell phone, strive to conserve your precious battery power for capturing photos and videos of your adventures!

Back to Basics on Data Privacy Day Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:54:13 +0000 Today is Data Privacy Day, an annual event designed to encourage the public to become more informed about online privacy issues.  Hosted by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), many organizations and communities will mark today by hosting events, doing activities in classrooms, and simply elevating the conversation about what privacy means in the 21 st century and how we can all play our part to respect and protect it.

While we all have reasons to care about this day, I think the online privacy of our kids is one of the most challenging areas to tackle.  Kids are still learning the basics of privacy in real life as they navigate personal interactions and relationships (Do you tell everyone you were invited to a classmate’s birthday party? Do you tell everyone what your parents spent on a large purchase? Is it ok to let people know about a relative’s health issues?).  Sharing personal information online adds another level of complexity that even adults struggle to understand.  If anyone, kids included, wanted to share this kind of information with a few people they trust, how do you control that online?  Once you share it online, is it even private anymore?

There are tools and settings on all online services and social media apps that can help you limit who and what you are sharing information with, but it does take time to understand the features available on a specific app, and it takes more time to use them adeptly. In an ideal world, everyone you are sharing things with on that app would understand these features and use them, too.  Each app and service does it differently, so it takes time to do this for each and every one you use.  But they are there, some better than others, and there are guides and tips to help you further – from the apps and services themselves and from great organizations like Connectsafely, the NCSA, and more.  Just do an online search and you’ll find plenty.

Regardless of which app or service they use, kids do need to understand that once they post anything online, it is best to assume it is not private.  Yes, you can control which of your friends or family sees it, but you cannot control who those people share it with. Additionally, any photo or comment you post is enshrined on a server (or several) owned by a company that most likely has the right to use it if they wish (because you probably agreed to it – go back and read the Terms of Use of the app.)

I am not advocating that kids should not share things online.  But I do believe that they should do it with their eyes open.  And I think as parents and educators, it is our job to teach them.

Perhaps it’s as easy as teaching them to ask 2 quick questions as their thumb hovers over the share or send button:

  1. Do I really need to share this?
  2. Is it ok if the whole world sees it?

Today, on Data Privacy Day, let’s start and continue a conversation with our kids about what privacy is and how to value, respect and protect it.   Lawmakers, technology companies, and educational organizations should still push to create an environment where online privacy is fiercely protected.  But let’s not lose sight of teaching each and every child the basics, too.

Why do kids care if we post pictures of them? Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:49:02 +0000 For this week’s TechTrend, we’re exploring the question: “Why do kids care if we post pictures of them?” In an article titled “Kids to Parents: Stop Sharing Pictures of Us on Social Media,” TIME recently explored this exact issue and noted that kids often feel embarrassed and frustrated by their parents publicly posting about them online without their permission.

It turns out, kids do care about and want their privacy, especially in the context of their social lives.  According to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 65% of teens believe you can’t be too careful when it comes to trusting people online. Another study by found that 70% of teens have sought out advice on managing their online privacy.  It comes as no surprise that kids care a lot about their reputations and are finding ways to manage their privacy to protect them, such as using privacy settings, unfriending people, removing things they’ve posted, and using sites and apps that their parents aren’t using.

The disconnect is that while parents express the same concerns about reputation and privacy for their kids, they sometimes create rules for them that they themselves break.  It’s hard to preach what you don’t practice; it’s even harder to take back something once it’s online.  If your kids actually care about their reputations and privacy and want to be empowered to manage their online life, then why not support them by respecting that?

A good starting point for families is to have conversations about privacy and what it actually means.  Below are some questions that can you can use to find a common understanding with your kids about what privacy is and how best to protect and respect it:

  • What do you consider to be private?
  • How would you protect your own privacy?
  • What would you do if someone didn’t respect yours?
  • How will you respect someone else’s?
  • How will you make sure others will respect your privacy and the privacy of others?

As a general rule, it’s important to always think twice before posting –not just about yourself but about others, whether they are your own kids or anyone else (especially someone else’s kids!).   It’s equally important that you and your kids have a good understanding about the value you place on privacy.  A good place to start is by talking about it, at the dinner table, in your neighborhoods, and in your communities.

Beyond that, let’s set the example by acting as we hope they will and think twice before hitting “share”. As funny or adorable as you think they look, maybe that pic isn’t worth sharing to the masses after all.

Have you ever had an experience when someone asked you to remove a photo, comment or status update that mentioned them on social media?

3 Tips for Protecting Your Kids’ Privacy on Dubsmash and Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:43:35 +0000 In my travels over the last half year, I’ve had the fortune of spending a lot of time with hundreds of 4 th -8 th grade students across the country.   I am typically invited to speak to these students by adults who are concerned about negative interpersonal dynamics playing out on social media (bullying, sexting, poor management of privacy, hacking, etc.) and who often apologetically admit to blaming their fear on their own ignorance of what kids are really doing online.

Such concerns are grounded in reality, however, as negative experiences sometimes happen online to and between kids.  But more often than not, kids are doing far more innocuous activities like schoolwork, keeping in touch with friends, watching videos, and expressing creativity.  One of the things I discovered last year was how many of them spoke up about music – discovering it, streaming it, and sharing it.  Some of the favorite apps I hear about for music-listening are Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio, and YouTube.  With the advent of these streaming services – both free and paid versions – and the ability to curate and share lists of their favorite music with anyone, these apps have become to this generation what making a mixed tape was to mine.   According to eMarketer, teens spend an average of 4+ hours a day with music.  That’s a lot of time doing something every day.  Kids love it.

Beyond just listening, kids are now more deeply engaging with the music they love with apps like and Dubsmash.  I have used them but also seen kids use them.  They are pure joy and hilarity, demanding kids to be both creative and expressive, their own imaginations mixed with the original work of someone else’s, making and re-making their creations minutes at a time.  These two apps are a bit different: is a social network, so you are connecting to others while creating and sharing with them within the app.  Dubsmash is not.  It’s just a tool to help you create a video/dub but you could share it on Instagram, Facebook, etc.

These apps allow you to create a video of yourself singing or speaking over a song or other audio clip (movie lines, etc.).  For kids, it’s just a way to have fun with friends.  For music artists like Rihanna, it’s a unique way to engage fans with their music.  And like YouTube, it will probably be a force behind someone’s fame at some point.

If you’ve heard of these apps or your kids are asking to use them, here are 3 tips to help them use it safely and wisely:

  1. Think before you post.

As with anything you may post online, remember that once it is up it is hard to take back.  Have fun with these apps, but assume that if you share them it will be public.  Whatever you post will reflect on you.  You may create something very funny, but if you’d rather keep it to yourself, then don’t share it.  Just keep it on your phone and watch or share it from there.

  1. Protect your privacy.

You do have some control over who initially sees your post, but since these apps are designed differently, the way to manage some privacy within each is also different. : Like other social networks, you can create a post, then share it with others that you connect with.  You can also connect and follow others.  To make sure you are only sharing with the people you want to:

  1. Go to the icon at bottom right to access your account -> click gear at upper right > choose Settings > Turn on Private account
  2. Once you create a video, you can:

  • keep it private
  • post it to the app (It will only be seen by those you are connected to in the app, or it will be public to anyone who uses the app if you didn’t set your account to private.) or
  • post it to other social networks (see picture at right)

Dubsmash : This is not a social network so you don’t have followers or follow others within the app.  Once you create your dub, you can:

  • save it to your phone
  • share it from the app via messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and iMessage, or
  • share it on social media like Instagram, Snapchat or anywhere else. You just need to save your dub in your camera roll, then go to the social media app and upload the video there.

Maintaining privacy with Dubsmash is the same as maintaining privacy with your photos.  First decide who you want to share with and how.  Then make sure you set up your privacy settings on those social networks before you upload a dub to it.

  1. Use your time well.

I have heard parents complain about how much time their kids are spending (or in their words, wasting) on these apps.  It may be up there with searching for funny cat videos.  I think it is like any other form of entertainment online, like video games and watching movies.   Set expectations with your kids about time online.  Don’t take away the opportunity for them to have fun and be creative, but make sure it doesn’t take away from other things like homework, outside time, or being with friends and family.

Like everything else, one of the best things you can do is to try out these apps so you can really understand them rather than fear them, and put yourself in a great position to help your kids.  Who knows?  You may just have fun doing it.