Hiding Pictures on a Device – Part Two: Calculator% App

In June 2015,  I wrote about apps that allow you “hide” or “lock” your picture on a device which limits access to others. Click here to read. This type of app and behavior has recently been in the spotlight again due to an Alabama prosecutor’s viral video telling parents that the calculator app on their child’s device may not be as it seems. I’m posting the link to the prosecutor’s video for a purpose of reinforcing my narrative that we, as adults, have to be aware and up to date with trends with youth and technology.

This link will also show you what the app’s icon looks like. This type of app does not surprise me and it’s not the first nor the last that will serve this function. Hiding pictures from parents is not a new behavior, it’s simply changed how it occurs. A decade ago you may have stumbled upon an adult magazine hidden under the mattress. The behavior was much less technical and easier to discover before the gadgets. Adults need to grow with the technology so we can educate our children to become responsible digital citizens.

For the Alabama prosecutor’s video, click here.


Man Accused of ‘Digitally Kidnapping’ 4-Year-Old on Facebook

This is a story of a mom who discovered her daughters picture being used by a random man on Facebook claiming that it was his daughter. It’s a interesting read that may make you think twice before posting your child’s picture on social media. In reality, trying to avoid positing your child’s picture on social media is a daunting and unrealistic task. You might be able to control what you post on social media, but chances are, if you are like me, you have family and friends who spend time with your child and take pictures with them and post on social media. Besides, you are proud of your child(ren) and you want to brag to your friends about their accomplishments and achievements.
My guidance on this is, use the settings available on social media to control who can see your posts. Talk to your friends and ask them not to post pictures of your child(ren) on social media and give them a reason for your request. Link them to this article. Educate yourself about wise posting because in a few short years, you will be entering the phase of your teen(s) running rampant with selfie’s and helping them with their own self-posting learning curve.
– Ryan

Snapchat Discover: An Example of How Free Apps Make Money

A question that comes up often during my trainings is, “How do free apps make money?” While I do not have the experience to give a perfect answer to this question, I can link you to this article that discusses Snapchat’s Discovery feature which is a pretty easy way to see why companies would pay to have their information posted on Snapchat. The Discovery feature is actually pretty cool and and hip way for young people to get a “Snap” of news and send it on to friends. I just snapped news to about four friends of my own today.
– Ryan