GCS Parents INTERNET SAFETY
May 20, 2013
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.
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.