I’ve been meaning to share the short piece, Americans Spend Nearly Two Days a Month Using Mobil Apps, that appeared on the Time.com site. Written by Jack Linshi, the October 2014 article points out that we (everyone, not just kids) are increasing our use of mobile apps. The article also notes that ComScore has collected data on the most used apps, clearly illustrating in one graph (April 2014, below) the proportion of time we use on apps and browsers (on a computer or other device). The access to some digital locations is almost entirely by apps. Linshi’s piece also links to the Nielsen cross-platform report.
Visit ComScore for more amazing charts and graphs,
If your children are using or begging to use the Snapchat app on their digital devices, the time has come for a conversation.
Kids love Snapchat because it makes them feel like they can have secrets, sharing them with others by choice, and occasionally venturing into out-of-bounds territory. They like it because it’s private. And they like it because everything self-destructs in a few seconds.
Well, not really disappear, because the digital footprints we make are never lost and are always lying around — often for a long time.
According to a New York Times article, Off the Record in a Chat App? Don’t Be Sure, the Federal Communications.Commission (FCC) has declared that Snapchat’s claims of disappearing messages and privacy are false. This is a good time to sit down with kids and review the situation — emphasizing that none of us has much privacy anymore, no matter what app makers claim. The privacy which many pre-adolescents and teens thought that they had, does not exist, according to Times reporter Jenna Wortham, who also goes into detail about the settlement with the FCC and the terms that Snapchat has agreed to.
I am just back from the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) 2013 conference, where I discovered a set of well-written, succinct, and easy-to-understand parent guides about various popular apps, social media sites, cybersecurity, and more. If knowledge truly is power, then these publications will help parents gain that knowledge as well as become more secure and even a bit less fearful about the activities of their 21st Century children. These 21st Century learners — our children — work and play in the almost-always-connected world.
The guides, from ConnectSafely.org, are freely downloadable as PDF files. Sometimes the download pages include additional resources.
Written by digital life and learning leaders, Anne Collier (NetFamilyNews.org) and Larry Magid (LarrysWorld.com) the parent guides will be helpful to schools, church groups, and parent organizations. Collier and Magid collaborate at their ConnectSafely.org site.
A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat
Parent guides are currently available on the following topics.
Vine is for video sharing, and the app works best on a mobile phone. Techies in the Twitter universe conceived and developed the app, and a user is supposed to be age 13 or older. Once a person sets up Vine on a mobile device, he or she creates and shares short videos with followers or the general public.
The explore window features the post trending hashtags.
Just as Twitter limits contributions to 140 characters, Vine videos also reflect this short and succinct philosophy, so a user is limited to six second clips. Videos can be organized and tagged with hashtags so it’s easy to search for a topic. Vine even has a blog on its site.
Author’s Note: I do not have an account. Instead I explored Vine with a friend who is an accomplished user.