I am going to share regular posts from commonsense media that will enable you to keep up with some of your sons and daughter's social media apps. Of course the best thing that you can do is go to commonsense media and register and this will mean that you get weekly updates that will help you, help your children. Parent Concerns is a very useful section of commonsense media.....certainly worthy a visit as it includes a range of topics that all parents are worried about.
The information that I share from Commonsense media is not meant to scare you. All apps or software has good and bad points. In the end it is just like the www it all depends on how you use it and what you are looking for when you search.
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What should parents know about Vine?
Vine is a social video-sharing website and app that features six-second looping videos created by its users. The service is owned by Twitter and is similar to Instagram's video feature, but it's singular purpose sets it apart in a market crowded with all-things-to-all-people apps. Vine only does video -- and creators pack lots of entertainment value into those six seconds. Most Vines are designed to be funny, and many are staged for the camera. Kids and teens love to follow, comment on, and share their favorite Vines.
In general, most of what you'll find on Vine is harmless. And some of it can be very creative. But you can easily stumble across iffy content, such as dangerous stunts, nudity, sex, drug use, offensive language, and more. The fact that the videos are so brief make them a bit easier to stomach. But Vine doesn't have a setting to filter out content. For younger kids, there's a curated version of the service called Vine Kids that serves up only age-appropriate content.
If your kid wants to make and post videos, be aware that Vine has some significant privacy concerns. The videos you post, the accounts you follow, and the comments you make on videos all are public by default. Help your would-be Viners use privacy settings that limit who can find and follow their posts.