Facebook's privacy policies have always been the subject of debate among its users. After all, when you're putting so much information online where anyone can see it, how upset can you be when the public sees it? But what if "the public" is law enforcement?
My personal approach to child safety is to start by assuming that "the kids are all right" and -- as a default -- treat children and teens respectfully by providing them with the tools and information they need to protect themselves and respect others.
It's important for parents to realize that just because you have parental controls on your computer, that doesn't mean your child is safe from online criminals. There are dozens of ways your kids could be targeted online, but here are the ones most likely to happen in your home.
Because the technology allowing us to constantly update our daily behavior is so new, the long-term effects of having a continuous morphing online presence won't be known for years to come.
Our society has selected children to be a protected class and for good reason. But, part of that protection is deciding when to ensure that children are being safe online and respecting others.
Merriam-Webster's online dictionary defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion." The United States government defines privacy as "freedom from unauthorized intrusion, except by us." Personally I prefer the former definition.
Whether positive or negative, news can go "viral" and be repeated may times over without the "permission" or knowledge of the subject of the story. By not taking hold of your own online reputation, you are allowing others to put information into the "court of public opinion" instead of creating your own story.
It's like public health. If you don't get a flu shot, you're putting me at risk because -- if you get sick -- you might pass it on to others. Security flaws, too, can be infectious.
This is both a problem and a debate that won't go away any time soon. How much security do we need? How much liberty are we willing to give up for that security? Who makes that determination?
Do you have a child that uses the Internet or plays with an app on your phone or tablet? Unless you live in Mad Men times, you've probably answered "yes" to these questions. Then, you should have heard about COPPA, right? As a new parent, I didn't until recently.
Lost in this bevy of self-congratulatory news is the pivotal discussion about where this technology is taking us. Should we be more concerned for our privacy? Do we care?
While in these last months the NSA has cast a long, dark shadow over American privacy, don't for a second imagine that it's the only government agency systematically and often secretly intruding on our lives.
The reality is, there's never been any such thing as online privacy. Just because the website you're on has a lock symbol in the address bar, doesn't mean it's 100 percent safe. Here are four ways you didn't know you could get hacked.
The network these brave LGBT troops were building, using a new generation of social tools like Facebook, was strong, but it had one glaring weakness: Its security was completely dependent upon the policies and the precautions put in place by the companies that hosted it.
LGBT communities have relied on broadband technology in several unique ways since its earliest inception. In many instances the Internet served to decrease isolation and spark empowerment by eliminating geographic barriers that long separated LGBT individuals and their communities.
A child can grow empowered with the skills, experiences, and mind-set needed to tackle the world whether confronted by an intellectual challenge, a physical impediment or an online safety, security or privacy dilemma.