Washington Post: We tested apps for children. Half failed to protect their data. . “When parents download a learning or gaming app from the ‘Designed for Families’ section of the Google Play store, they likely assume that those apps keep their kids’ data safe. After all, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) prohibits website operators and app developers from tracking or collecting personal data from children under the age of 13. Yet that assumption could be wrong.”
Digital Trends: FBI Warns Parents About The Risks Of Using Internet-Connected Toys. “Taking a cautious approach to the upcoming deluge of smart toys hitting store shelves for the holiday shopping season, the FBI has issued a public service announcement warning parents about the risks of bringing an internet-connected toy into the household. Specifically, the FBI is concerned about the amount of personal information that could be ‘unwittingly disclosed’ during normal use of the toy.”
YLE: Finland to adopt age limit for social media users from 2018. “Finnish authorities will begin to introduce local rules to ensure compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, which takes effect from May 25, 2018. The change will see the introduction of a national age limit for the use of social media services. However officials have not yet decided on the age threshold for setting up a social media account.”
The Telegraph: Police issue child safety warning over Snapchat maps update that reveals users’ locations. “Parents have been warned to turn off ‘Snap Maps’ on their children’s phones after Snapchat, which is wildly popular among teenagers, introduced the location-sharing mode this week.” The article also includes instructions on how to put yourself in “Ghost Mode”.
The Whole Megillah: Holocaustkidlit.com Goes Live | Online Searchable Database of Children’s Holocaust Literature. “Yesterday at Hebrew Union College in New York City at the annual conference of the Association of Jewish Libraries, I announced and demonstrated the debut of Holocaustkidlit.com, a new website featuring an online searchable database of children’s Holocaust literature published in the United States and Canada from 2002 forward (excluding self-published and educational titles).” It looks like access is free.
The Conversation: Social media is nothing like drugs, despite all the horror stories. “Letting your child use social media is like giving them cocaine, alcohol and cigarettes – all at once, or so we’re told. If you have been following recent press reports about the effects of social media on young people, you may well believe this. But there is no scientific evidence to support such extreme claims. The real story is far more complex.”
CBS Denver: New Website Gives Vaccination And Exemption Rates In Colorado Schools And Child Care Facilities. “There is a new tool for parents to check vaccination rates in Colorado schools and day care facilities. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment now offers the school and child care immunization data website. The numbers represent nearly a million children.”