I love that busy parents can access tools to help them carry out their responsibility to control when and how long their kids can use devices, and make sure they’re using them appropriately. But I hate that, over the years, some companies that market these tools use fear tactics to sell them to parents. I’m also a bit concerned about over-reliance on technology as a substitute for in-person parenting.
It means those providers, including mobile phone carriers, can record what you’re doing on their networks and use or sell that information for commercial purposes. That includes the sites you’re visiting, the apps you’re using and even your network connected devices.
By Larry Magid
Google is testing out a new service called Family Link, and it’s a big deal because it’s the first time this century that a major internet service provider is enrolling users under 13.
In December, Facebook said that it would start flagging “disputed” stories in an attempt to warn users about fake news and they have just launched that feature.
The announcement focused on new Facebook tools for helping people “in real time on Facebook Live,” facilitating live chat support from crisis support organizations via Facebook Messenger and “streamlined reporting for suicide, assisted by artificial intelligence." There have been reports of people, including a 14-year-old Miami girl, who have broadcast their suicides via the Facebook Live video streaming feature.