Now that I’ve been using iOS family sharing features for a few months, I’m finding it isn’t quite as bad as I thought it would be. I wrote earlier this year about the “Pros and Cons” of iOS Family Sharing. This post builds upon that one, but focuses on one feature in particular that I’ve found useful: location sharing. With location sharing, you can check in on the location of family members, without the need for an additional app on your device or theirs.
February is Data Privacy month. Are you protecting your data online? Are your kids aware of the data they share every day when using apps and social media? Take this short quiz and see how you’re doing. Have your kids take the quiz too! Then learn about your rights as a parent regarding what companies can do with your children’s data.
A few days ago I shared how your iPhone keeps tabs on where you are. Well, Facebook does too. “Nearby Friends” on Facebook mobile lets friends know that you’re nearby. If you have the Facebook app on your phone (iPhone or Android) you have this feature available. Nearby Friends is an opt-in feature; meaning, it is OFF unless you turn the feature ON. Let’s take a closer look at Nearby Friends, including what it might mean for teens.
Did you know that your iPhone keeps a history of all the locations you’ve visited? This is a feature called “Frequent Locations”. The iPhone keeps track of the dates you were at a specific location and even how long you were there. This feature is often overlooked because it takes several clicks to find it. Here are instructions for turning off Frequent Locations.
It takes two to Tango, but with the Tango app you can tango with up to 50 people at once. Tango is a messaging app, similar to popular apps like Kik and WhatsApp. Tango seems to have about a billion features, and describes itself as the “all-in-one” social networking app. With over 160 million registered users, it’s quite possible your teen may have heard of or is using Tango.
This October is the 10th anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The more research I do on internet safety, the more it becomes clear how important it is for us as parents to be involved with what our kids are doing online to help keep them safe. And by online, I mean on their computers, phones, tablets, iPods, and video games. I know it can be overwhelming for parents, especially those who feel they are not “tech savvy”. That is why I created Be Web Smart! So for Cyber Security Awareness month, I’m asking you to do JUST ONE THING from this list. Any small step you take will help keep your kids safer online.
[Updated for iOS 6] Learn how to turn off Location Services on the iPod touch, iPad and iPhone. Prevent your kids from sharing their location on Instagram, Facebook and other apps. Then prevent them from changing the savings.