Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week – 10/13/2014

CS_supporter_school-MEDMany of you may have heard about the recent hacking scandals concerning Snapchat, the popular photo sharing app. Not only were several celebrity nude photos hacked and released to the internet in recent weeks, but hackers this past weekend released videos and pictures of as many as 200,000 teenagers, Snapchat users who had entered their information into, a third-party site that allows users to save snapchats sent to their mobile accounts. Snapchat is prevalent amongst teens; it reports half its users to be between the ages of 13 and 17, and parents of teens know that the app and the current “selfie” trend are dominant aspects of teen social lives.

So, how can we keep our kids safe on these types of applications? Check out Common Sense’s Q&A.

Also, learn more about the hack.

Finally, make sure your kid is educated about privacy. Remind him/her that nothing shared online is ever 100% private, even if it may grant the appearance of privacy. Common Sense’s topic center on Privacy and Internet Safety offers answers to frequently asked questions surrounding appropriate sharing and the best ways to keep kids safe online. Educate yourself around these issues and have a discussion with your kid about how to stay protected on the internet.

Read on for more information about privacy and internet safety.

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