Wired: HobbyKidsTV, YouTube, and the New World of Child Stars

Wired: HobbyKidsTV, YouTube, and the New World of Child Stars . “HobbyBear is expecting a package any day now. In it will be a Silver Play Button, a plaque that YouTube gives to creators who have surpassed 100,000 subscribers. HobbyBear has a little under 99,000 now, so he hasn’t quite earned the commendation. But give him a break: He’s only 6.”

Lifehacker: Teach Your Kids How to Respond to Hate Speech Online

Lifehacker: Teach Your Kids How to Respond to Hate Speech Online. “The main thing that’s keeping me from allowing my eight-year-old son to join all his friends on popular online multiplayer games isn’t a fear that he’s going to give personal information away to creeps. It’s that I don’t want him exposed to the hate speech that is so prevalent online.”

CNET: Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids violates privacy regulations, child advocates say

CNET: Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids violates privacy regulations, child advocates say. “Children’s advocates want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Amazon over privacy concerns. Nineteen consumer and public health advocacy groups, led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, are asking the FTC to look into Amazon’s Echo Dot Kids Edition, they said Thursday.”

‘It’s not play if you’re making money’: how Instagram and YouTube disrupted child labor laws (The Guardian)

The Guardian: ‘It’s not play if you’re making money’: how Instagram and YouTube disrupted child labor laws. “… while today’s child stars can achieve incredible fame and fortune without ever setting foot in a Hollywood studio, they may be missing out on one of the less glitzy features of working in the southern California-based entertainment industry: the strongest child labor laws for performers in the country.”

Boing Boing: Your kid’s “smart watch” lets anyone in the world trace their location. Again.

Boing Boing: Your kid’s “smart watch” lets anyone in the world trace their location. Again.. Warning: there is some swearing in the article and I bet after you read it you’ll want to swear too. “Tictoctrack is a rebadged Gator watch — the ones that had to fix a glaring API flaw that Pen Test Partners published on in January — but because it has its own back-end, one that keeps all kid-data onshore in Australia, it has its own grotesque security defects.”

Wired: Optimize Algorithms to Support Kids Online, Not Exploit Them

Wired: Optimize Algorithms to Support Kids Online, Not Exploit Them. “I cannot imagine how I would have learned what I have learned or met the many, many people who’ve enriched my life and work without the internet. So I know first-hand how, today, the internet, online games, and a variety of emerging technologies can significantly benefit children and their experiences. That said, I also know that, in general, the internet has become a more menacing place than when I was in school.”

The Guardian: Facebook urged to disable ‘like’ feature for child users

The Guardian: Facebook urged to disable ‘like’ feature for child users. “Turning off the ‘like’ function, and limiting data collection and geolocation tools on popular platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook, are among a 16-point list of recommendations for age-appropriate design released by the Information Commissioner’s Office.”