Geotagging..what’s that????

The more I talk with parents the more I realise that there is a serious issue with education amongst adults when it comes to internet safety.  I know of so many friends that have open Facebooks, Instragrams profiles and sharing everything that goes on in their lives.  What they seem to forget is that the internet is a footprint and every photo you put up a Geotag is created with your location.  I know an 11 year old and I can trace where their school, friend’s house and home are just by looking at the photos that have been put up.

Geotagging can help users find a wide variety of location-specific information from your Device. For instance, someone can find images taken near a given location by entering latitude and longitude coordinates into a suitable image search engine. Geotagging-enabled information services can also potentially be used to find location-based news, websites, or other resources.  Geotagging can tell users the location of the content of a given picture or other media or the point of view, and conversely on some media platforms show media relevant to a given location.

You need to go into your device and stop location sharing on your photos.

It is all about your privacy settings and don’t’ share personal information.

How is cyberbullying different from other bullying?

One of the biggest differences between cyberbullying and face-to-face bullying is that it can be hard to get away from. Young people could be bullied anywhere, anytime – even when they’re at home.

Cyberbullying can have a large audience too. Posts on social networks, emails or group chats can be seen by lots of people very quickly.

Cyberbullies can also remain anonymous, by using fake profiles on social networking sites or blocking their phone numbers. This can make it harder to identify the bullies, but texts and other messages can be saved as proof of the bullying.

Sexting the new foreplay for teens

Sexting is the new first base.

According to a study published in the journal Paediatrics, sexting is now the first step when it comes to sexual behavior.

“Although additional research is needed, current data indicates that sexting may precede sexual intercourse in the instance and cement the notion that sexting behavior is a viable indicator or adolescent sexual activity,” the report said.

The study, based on a previous 2012 study carried out over six years, set out to examine the “sequencing of sexting and sexual intercourse”.

Researchers looked at data from years two and three of the earlier study, which included a sample of almost 1000 students, who were asked to record their history of sexual activity and sexting.

Sexting was defined as asking or being asked for a nude picture.

Additionally, researchers found “sexting was not temporally associated with risky sexual behaviours.”

So why has sexting become the “gateway” to being sexually active?

It’s common for teens to express themselves sexually, wrote the Quirky kid Clinic.

Teens “do not view semi naked and naked images as wrong or shameful, typically viewing these images as more of an expression of fun and flirtation.”

In her article, Sexting’ is how teens court in modern age, Jill Stark says “Sexting online and via mobile phone is so widespread experts are saying parents should accept it as a form of ‘modern day courtship'”.


You shouldn’t wait for a Facebook prompt to check your privacy

Back in May, Facebook announced that it would eventually roll out a new privacy checkup tool to all its users in an attempt to make sure everyone is giving privacy some much-needed thought.

The privacy checkup consists of three steps:

The first step focuses on the way you share: You may have noticed an audience selector attached to the box where you post updates. For some it is set to friends only, for others it may be set to public. You can always change it, but this setting is intended to make sure the default setting is the way you want it.

The second step focuses on the apps you use with Facebook: Remember that time a

Keeping kids safe online

Online Security

year ago when you granted log-in permissions to that game you no longer play on your iPhone? Yeah, I didn’t think so. But just because you don’t remember doesn’t mean it’s not still active and potentially at risk as a way for your account to be compromised. With this step, you can check the apps that are using your Facebook credentials and delete the ones you no longer use. Spend a few minutes on this step. Please delete whatever you don’t need. You can always go back and re-add them later.

The third and final step allows you to edit personal info and make sure you’re sharing it with the right audience: Things such as where you work and where you live are here. You may be surprised to know how much of this you make public and you may want to tailor that to a more appropriate audience.  This is your chance.

You shouldn’t wait for a Facebook prompt to check your privacy, but unfortunately many users will do just that. With that in mind, you can get to this privacy checkup anytime by clicking on privacy shortcuts in the settings. As I’ve written in this column, so many times before, you should check your privacy on Facebook and all your other social media accounts once every three months at a minimum.

Checklist for 13 years +

Checklist for 13 years +

DON’T think it’s too late to reinforce boundaries or teach your child anything about technology – they might think they have the know-how but they still need your wisdom and guidance

TALK to them about how they might be exploring issues related to their health, wellbeing and body image online – they might come across inaccurate or dangerous information on the Web at a vulnerable time

Discuss how they behave towards others and what they post online and don’t shy away from difficult conversations about things like pornography and other risky behaviors, such as sexting

GIVE your son or daughter control of their own budget for things like apps and music, but make sure you have agreed boundaries so that they manage their money responsibly

DISCUSS things like downloading and plagiarism so that they understand what’s legal and what’s not

ADJUST the settings on Parental Controls in line with your son or daughter’s age and maturity – if they ask you to turn them off completely, think carefully before you do and agree in advance what is acceptable online behavior