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Apr 17, 2013
In today's virtual world with social networks, we all seem to have forgotten that a picture is worth a thousand words.
Kids upload thousands of photos online. Facebook receives about 350,000,000 new images per day. The total number of photos on Facebook is greater than 240 billion now. (Source) I can't even comprehend that number.
One challenge related to this behavior of uploading pictures is that they have a very long shelf-life and remain online for years. You have to ask yourself: do you want those memories available that long? What if you had a change of heart, change in love interest, change in behavior, change of school, etc.? What if you want to forget that weekend, that person, that event…?
Kids don't usually think much about the future. They upload photos without considering longevity or propriety. To capitalize on this trend, social networks have evolved to feature images as the primary medium — such as Instagram, Tumblr, Voto, and Flickr. Some feature video — such as YouTube and Vine.
The challenges with uploading the barrage of photos and information are many, including these few examples:
What can you do to keep kids and their identities safe?
There are a few parental control software solutions on the market to help parents monitor their child's activity on social networks, including Facebook. Parents need help keeping up. Go to a software review site such as Top Ten Reviews to see their list (search for "Facebook monitoring" software).
This month, Net Nanny will release a similar product called Net Nanny Social to help parents keep track of photos, posts, and activities in social networks.
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