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Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion. Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see. (Description from the iTunes Store)
Sounds harmless enough, right? Wrong!
While the 6-second looping videos are easy to make and fun to watch, there are few privacy controls on the app. Hashtags such as #teddybearpicnic, #magic, or #pets seem innocent enough, but are often posted by people who are intentionally exposing undesirable images to users who are searching for non-pornographic content.
In a recent article "Is Vine Dangerous for Kids?" social media blogger and mom Brandi Jeter writes: "Everybody's talking about Twitter's new app Vine, but parents need to know that it may be risky for kids" She continues on with 5 things parents need to know about the Vine app. (Read her complete post for descriptions of each point below.)
A description of apps rated 17+ in the iTunes Store :
Common Sense Media rates the Vine app NOT FOR KIDS due to the ease of accessing inappropriate content on the app. They say:
Parents need to know that Vine is a social media app that lets you post and watch looping six-second video clips. The Twitter-owned service has taken the online world by storm, but parents need to be aware that it is full of inappropriate content for children. With a little creative searching, kids can find nudity, sex, drug use, offensive language, and more. While there are plenty of cute, fun videos, even adults might be shocked at some of the things they find. In iTunes, the app is listed for 17+, and users must confirm that they are 17 or older before installing (this is as simple as tapping "OK" -- there is no verification).
It Takes a Village to Understand an App called Vine
Instagram, Vine and Porn: What Parents Should Know
Resources to Help Parents Set Privacy Restrictions on iOS Devices:
iOS: Understanding Restrictions (Parental Controls)
iPhone 101: How to Set-up Parental Controls on your iPhone
Mobicip: Set Parental Controls on iPhone & iPod Touch
Ask.fm has been around since June 2010, but has recently gained popularity among teens and tweens as a place to gossip, tease, and even harass others. This website allows people to create accounts then ask (often controversial) questions about themselves or another person. Users may then respond anonymously via written or video reply. All questions and replies are posted publicly, for anyone to see, on their profile page. Also, the site has no type of monitoring in place. There is not a moderator to filter out inappropriate content.
We know that some of our Village School students have active accounts on Ask.fm, many of whom connected through their Instagram account. The Ask.fm Terms of Service state that account holders must be at least 13 years of age. Even for teens who are over 13, we strongly discourage their use of Ask.fm.
Doug Fodeman, co-director of ChildrenOnline.org, shares:
"Unlike its predecessor Formspring.me, Ask.fm is particularly nasty because its anonymous format and lack of ability to report abuse make it perfectly suited for cyber-bullying. The owner of the site is in Latvia and the site is registered in Micronesia, thus no legal recourse is available. And the owner acknowledges in a recent interview that Ask.fm is used primarily by teens and bullying occurs but seems to show no concern whatsoever for the kids using his site."
The Irish website WebWise provides the following information:
What are the Risks for Children Using Ask.fm?
Advice for Parents About Ask.fm
What Parents Can Do
Please use this as an opportunity to open a dialogue with your child. Even if they are not aware of the site, this would be an excellent time to reinforce the Digital Citizenship and Responsibility lessons we teach at school. It is also an opportunity to reinforce our Village Values: Respect, Responsibility, Trust, Fairness, Caring, and Courage.
Some basic guidelines for online safety:
This would also be a good time to discuss your family values, house rules on computer use, and what types of safety measures you have in place. All computers with internet connection should be in a public place in your home. Parents should know the usernames and passwords for their child(ren)’s accounts. Rules for internet usage should be understood by all family members and, preferably, posted near the computer. Some suggested computer/internet contracts, as well as other helpful information, can be found on our Village School Digital Families website.
Related Articles from the Daily Mail (UK):
Is Your Child Using the Sinister Website that Pits Friend Against Friend?
Pupils and Parents Warned Over Social Networking Website Linked to Teen Abuse
As a follow up to our previous post about Instagram and Snapchat, a recently posted article reveals that Snap Chat photos are not actually deleted after each post. Images are stored on the phone on which they were taken. While it is difficult to find these files, they are there.
[In December,] Snapchat's [co-founder and CEO Evan] Spiegel told BuzzFeed Snapchat users "embrace the spirit and intent of the service. There will always be ways to reverse engineer technology products — but that spoils the fun!”
This is yet another opportunity to talk with your children about the permanence of online postings. No matter how "private" your account - once you post something online, you make that information/image/video available for others to view, forward, or share.
Snapchat has emailed the following response to Business Insider.
The Snapchat Generation Gap - Common Sense Media
What Parents Should Know about SnapChat App
Information and tips for Village School parents on technology related topics.