The Atlantic: When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online. “For several months, Cara has been working up the courage to approach her mom about what she saw on Instagram. Not long ago, the 11-year-old—who, like all the other kids in this story, is referred to by a pseudonym—discovered that her mom had been posting photos of her, without prior approval, for much of her life. ‘I’ve wanted to bring it up. It’s weird seeing myself up there, and sometimes there’s pics I don’t like of myself,’ she said.”
AFP: As TikTok videos take hold with teens, parents scramble to keep up. “Millions of teenagers seeking their 15 seconds of fame are flocking to TikTok, but many of their parents are only now learning about the express-yourself video app — often to their dismay.”
Tubefilter: Most Parents Who Let Their Kids Watch YouTube Have Encountered Disturbing Videos (Study). “A new study from Pew Research Center confirms widespread concerns about young children encountering objectionable content on YouTube. The survey found that a sweeping majority of parents — four out of five, to be exact — let their young children (aged 11 and younger) watch YouTube videos. And while this may be encouraging news for the video giant, the study also found that a majority of this group of parents — 61% — say that their kids have seen disturbing content on the platform, The Wall Street Journal reports.”
Ubergizmo: Instagram Launches A Resources Page For Parents Of Teens. “For parents who are worried about their kids being on social media, it appears that Instagram has some resources ready for parents of teens. These resources basically tell parents about Instagram (in case they didn’t know) and also the various tools that are in place that teens could use to keep themselves safe.”
Forbes: How Millennials Use Social Media To Become More Competent Parents . “Parents have always sought out advice from others. Some generations looked to their parents and grandparents. Others relied on books from experts like Benjamin Spock. Today, 71% of millennials value the advice and insights they receive from parenting blogs, parenting websites, forums, and social networks. In fact, they aren’t just looking to social media for occasional insights either.”
CBC News: B.C. government announces database for unlicensed daycare providers. “The B.C. government has introduced a bill that would give parents access to more information about who is caring for their kids. The proposed changes would make inspection reports and complaints about unlicensed daycare providers, accessible online for a minimum of five years. That information is already available for licensed spaces.” This was confusing for me initially because I equated “unlicensed” with “illegal,” but that is not the case in Canada. This discussion thread from WhatToExpect.com helped me fill in the blanks.
New York Times: When Is a Child Instagram-Ready?. “In his first weekend on Instagram, my 9-year-old posted 20 times in 24 hours. He put up a video of himself doing a front flip wearing only his boxer shorts, followed back every single user who followed him, and went ‘live’ in a friend’s basement without the parents knowing. It was exactly what I wanted: We had the beginnings of our first set of rules. I typed it up, and we both signed it.”