May 20, 2013

Conversation Continues

You are receiving this email because you attended one or more of the parent meetings we offered this year. As I told you at those meetings, this is a conversation that we want to continue. That is the idea behind this email.


Vine is a relatively new app that hit social media in January 2013. In its simplest form, Vine is an app that allows the user to create a 6 second video and share that video using social media sites like Twitter. In fact, Twitter liked it so much that it purchased Vine. In April 2013, Vine became the number one free app in the Apple Store.

Shortly after Vine was introduced, pornographers found it and began using it for their purposes. January 2013, CNET reported that pornographic videos were showing up on Vine. They also noted that Vine's terms of service, "do not expressly forbid sexually explicit content."

When first introduced, Vine had a 12+ rating from Apple. However, in February, after many users reported finding pornographic videos on Vine, Apple raised the rating to 17+. Read news article here.

This should remind you of your need to set restrictions on your son or daughter's iDevice so that he/she is not allowed to install apps with a 17+ rating.

Deleted Snapchats Are Not Deleted

In several of our parent meetings we discussed Snapchat. It's the app that allows the user to share pictures. It's like texting with pictures instead of words. The selling point for Snapchat is that the pictures disappear after a short period of time.

The problem with this is that the recipient can take a screenshot of the Snapchat picture before it disappears and share that picture with the world. Remember, nothing online is private.

New research shows that those photos you thought were deleted from your phone by Snapchat, are not really deleted. Read this news story to learn more.

Snapchat Application Is Latest Teenage Trend, But Do Photos Disappear?

Great Free App for Parents

The people at Common Sense Media have a free app that you might want. It's called Kids Media. Common Sense Media has a huge database of movie, music, books, and app reviews.

Now the power of the Common Sense Media database is in the palm of your hand. Check out the app here.

Extra Resources

Facebook Privacy Setting Guide - Click here

Raising Kids in a Pornified Culture - Click here

Internet Safety Resources - Click here