But there is something all our kids will have and most our unaware it and do not know how to manage it. That is a kids digital me. When do kids have a digital me. Last year, the AVG study showed that 92% of kids in US have a digital me before age 2. It first begins with parents upload images of their child on to a social network or photo sharing site
Digital me is who they are online.It grows from there. Everything our kids do online; ALL posts, messages, videos, and pictures become part of their digital me. Information about them is being collected all the time. The available information is expanding all the time. Facebook now has 88 apps that will allow kids to automatically share, what they listen to, what they read, games they play. Online information is becoming easier and easier to find.
What we hear a lot times about our kids online is they don’t care. Grown up with reality tv, viral videos. But, greatresearch has come out Harvard, Berkeley and University of Pennsylvania that says this is not the case. Kids do want to keep information private. They do not want everyone viewing their information. They just aren’t as savvy about privacy. Why the disconnect. When we as parents see what kids are doing online it can look more like this than this. The reason is there internet is different from ours. What I mean that is ...
This is our internet. This is the NASA website from 1995. Back then, websites were about providing information. Clicking on these buttons, we could read about missions, look at pictures, read answers but information only flowed one way. It was meant for everyone.
This is the NASA website today. They only know the internet as interactive. Where they can share and contribute to the conversation. This is not information packaged for everyone. They can design their own experience. It’s important for us to understand that our kids will spend their lives in a connected world where everyone participates in communication and creation. They are growing up in a culture of sharing.
Microsoft researcher, danahboyd, - - To them it can feel like a private social space. For kids, posting information on a website or sending out a tweetis how they connect with their friends and peers. This is where they hang out. It doesn’t feel like they are broadcasting information to the entire world.
How kids see the internet is not how it is being used. Companies, organization, people treat the internet as a very public space.
An industry is developing that enables companies, college and people to find online information. These companies are not just performing a googlesearch. They are looking atcomments on blogs and posts on smaller social sites,aswell as Yahoo user groups, e-commerce sites, bulletin boards and even Craigslist.
Our kids are growing up online and they should be online. This world offers our kids amazing opportunities. But they need to understand that they’re leaving a mark wherever they go on the Internet. If kids are not careful, what they do today can leave a permanent mark.
Behind all those dramatic sighs and constant eye rolling, they are looking to us for help.
Most parents assume this is based on content and is like a PG 13 rating. In fact, it has to do with kids’ personal information. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act covers personal information for kids under 13. COPPA gives parents control over the collection, use, or disclosure of personal information from children.Unfortunately, sites avoid COPPA by posting this statement instead. A Consumer Reports survey found about 7.5 million active Facebook users are younger than 13.
Be your own COPPA…make sure they ask you before sharing personal information.
With our kids going mobile. The Wall Street Journal investigated mobile apps and how they collect and broadcast data. Many apps do not have privacy policies so itis hard to tell in advance what information they collect. The WSJ found free apps often collected the most information.
If kids are on a smartphone and take a picture, the picture can contain the latitude and longitude of the picture. This is called geotagging. If this picture is uploaded online this information can be accessed. Safety and privacy experts recommend disabling geolocationon mobile devices. If parents want to keep the gps, kidscan still opt out of geotagging. By changing the settings in the camera app, kids can turn off including location in a picture.
Kids should be careful about videos and photos. Kids should not assume photos and videos are anonymous. . Facial recognition software uses a prior tagged image to search through photos and videos to find like images.Facial recognition software is becoming more powerful and more common
Sharing the right information with the right people.
Closing the Window is notenough - Always LOG OUTKids like to leave networks running in the background so they an flip back and forth. It is so easy to forget to logout. Always remember to log out especially if using a public computer or at a friend’s house.
Social Networks should not be a popularity contest about a massing the most friends. Kids are relying on who they share with to respect their information. On the internet it is easy to copy, paste and forward information. Kids should make sure they are sharing the right information with the right people.
Establish some ground rules in case kids are fuzzy about what not to post.
We need to talk them but also we need to show them. Parents should model digital citizenship by asking their kids before posting or tagging a picture. Careful about how we share passwords. If you share passwords as family make sure they understand the parameters of when sharing is appropriate and when it is not.
Kids & Digital Me www.KidsPrivacy.net
At what agedo most kids have a Digital Me? In the US, 92% of kids have an online presence by age 2
Digital Me What I Say What I ShareWhat I Like What Games I PlayWhat I search Who I Know
Digital MeWhat Parents Hear The Reality• Don’t care about •Care about privacy privacy• Love to share •Building positive• Want to live a peer networks transparent life •Want to enable privacy settings
Digital Citizenship“Choose your friendswisely-they will make or break you.” - J. Willard Marriott
Digital CitizenshipRespect the privacy Ask permission and personal before posting or information of tagging a friend in a others. photo Treat others the way you would want to be treated online
Digital CitizenshipEstablish a few hard-and-fast rules• No nude or semi-nude photos or videos• No pictures or videos containing drugs, drinking, or sex.• No excessive swearing in posts or videos
Digital Citizenship“It is not what we say but what we do” -Anonymous
“Tear down the Wall”Remove original• If your kid made the mistake, they can quickly remove the post. If they discover something someone else posted, they should ask them to remove the post or picture.• If the post/picture violated a sites Terms of Service, they can ask the website to remove.Google it• Kids should check and see how easy they can find the content. Try googling it and see if the unwanted content is appearing on a search engine.Burying it• If so, kids can try to bury it. By posting positive content, kids may be able to move the information off the first page. Thankfully, most people only skim through the first page results on search engines.Hire a professional• Reputation.com, Reputation Rhino and others.
HomeworkGoogle your kid’s nameJoin a social networkBookmark a tech page
Resources• Kidsprivacy.net• Commonsensemedia.org• Youthandmedia.org – Born Digital Videos• Reputation.com – Wild West 2.0: How to Protect and Restore Your Reputation on the Untamed Social Frontier• WebWiseKids – BeSeen App