What We’re Reading: Online Safety Starts Offline, Google+ Email Invasion, Bigger Target Data Breach, Where The Teens Are

Posted on 14. Jan, 2014 by in For Parents, For Teachers

LynetteOwens_Trend_bw_editBy Lynette Owens

Week of January 13, 2014

To help you keep up with what’s going on with kids, families, schools, and technology, we’ve compiled a list of stories, tips, and insights, we’ve found most useful over the past week.  What have you been reading? Tell us below or Tweet @TrendISKF.

ONLINE SAFETY STARTS OFFLINE: In light of the recent Snapchat breach, our friend and colleague, Anne Collier, provides suggestions on the Modern Parenthood blog on how to help kids handle whatever threats come their way, online or off. She recommends internet safetyguards, including monitoring and filtering, along with empowerment and general respect for who we come in contact with on a daily basis.

NEW GOOGLE+ FEATURE OPENS DOOR TO YOUR INBOX: Last week, Google decided to allow by default anyone on Google+ to email you on Gmail without having your email address.  This has serious privacy implications and is 100% annoying (although it’s pitched as a way to connect easily with others.)  Here’s how you can turn off this feature, or at least modify it so the whole world can’t get to you uninvited.

BIGGER TARGET DATA BREACH: Recently reported data breaches among U.S. retailers appear to be further-reaching than we thought.  Target upped the number of potentially impacted accounts from 40 million to 70 million, and Neiman-Marcus is now reporting they have been hacked, too.  If you shop at Target and are worried or have been impacted, here are some great tips on what to do.  

SNAPCHAT APOLOGIZES: More than a week after 4.6 million Snapchat accounts were hacked, the company has decided to apologize. “We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support,” “Team Snapchat” wrote in a company blog post Thursday. Is this sufficient to you? Tweet us your reaction to the apology @TrendISKF

WHERE THE TEENS ARE: Believe it or not, teens are not hanging out on Facebook like we like to believe.  A recent study found usage by teens dropped 56% in Q3 of 2013. So where are they? WeChat, Instagram, Vine, Flickr, Snapchat, and What’sApp are the favorites of today.

NEW YAHOO! TECH MAG: The who’s who of the tech industry gathered last week to see the best new gadgets to hit store shelves and latest innovations. Making headlines at the show was an announcement by Yahoo! of a new magazine-like site called Yahoo! Tech. With David Pogue (formerly of the New York Times) at the helm, we anticipate it to be a go-to destination for tech news.

See you next week!

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