Simply by downloading the right combination of apps, parents can now track their child’s location 24/7, monitor their same social conversations, and inject their thoughts into their lives in a split second. To a parent, that’s called safety. To kids, it’s considered maddening.
As a mum of 4 sons, my biggest concerns about the era of social media is the impact of the ‘like culture’ on our children’s mental health. The need to generate likes online has become a biological compulsion for many teens and let’s be honest – adults too! The rush of dopamine that surges through one’s body when a new like has been received can make this like culture understandably addictive.
Lose a phone? No problem. Change of plans on a pick-up after school? Same. Why parents use location trackers and apps for their children varies from practical to personal. For co-parents, it can be a way to feel connected to their child when they miss them. For others, it can be about keeping tabs on a new driver.
As Mark Zuckerberg laid out earlier this year, social networks can serve as the digital equivalent of a town square or a living room. We know people have needs for both public spaces where you can share with a wide audience and private ones where you can share more intimately. For Facebook Groups, people have historically been able to choose between being public, closed or secret settings for their group. To better match people’s expectations and help provide more clarity, we’re rolling out a new simplified privacy model for Groups — public and private.
During registration, some online services ask you to confirm your identity by uploading a selfie showing you and your ID. It’s a convenient way to prove that you are you. You don’t need to go to some distant office and stand in line. Just take a photo, upload it, and wait a short while for your account to be approved by an administrator.