In today’s episode of Digital Parenting Live, we’ll answer a viewer’s question on whether he should be worried about the Facebook leak.
Hey, guys. We’re excited to welcome you to Digital Parenting Live for April 12, where we answer your questions and try to help you become a better digital parent. Now, today, we have a question that came in about Facebook. Obviously, Facebook has been in news like crazy this week, and so we have a question that’s actually coming in on, “What? Should I be concerned with this?” Let’s go ahead, and let’s dive into this viewer question and see what they’re asking.
The question here is, is I’ve seen a ton about Facebook on the news this week. Should I be worried about my child’s information being stolen?
Now, this is a great question, and this brings up one of the responsibilities that parents now have, which is parents teaching their kids how to keep their information safe, because we have a lot of things that can happen all the way from identity theft to impersonation to just having private details leaked publicly. One of the things I tell parents is one of the conversations that you need to have with your children as you’re setting up this foundation in your home for digital parenting is you need to have a conversation with them about what is and is not appropriate to share online.
You also need to just bust up one of the myths that a lot of teens will believe, and that is the myth certain sites allow things to be private. We’ve seen just over the last few years a lot of cases where information that people thought was private ended up being public. We can look at the Ashley Madison Scandal. You can look at a lot of several of the Snapchat leaks, where this information that people just were sure it was gonna be private ended up becoming public.
Unfortunately, in some cases, this has led to depression and suicide for both adults and teens that have been caught up in this, so what we want to be sure that you know is that you need to talk to your child. You need to help them understand anything they share online, it’s possible that everybody in the world could end up seeing it, and they need to treat it as such. When we look at this specific question about Facebook, now what really happened here? Well, Facebook developers have access to a certain level of data, and back before 2015, they actually had data, they could get data from not only you put your friends if you said that you wanted to give them access.
In this case, what happened was a third party developer actually grabbed a bunch of data and ended up selling it to another company. Now, is it possible that if you child had an account on Facebook during that time that their information was actually sent out? Yeah. Yeah, it probably was. This is a good case where you need to talk to your kids about allowing an app or allowing another thing to have access to your Facebook profile that could have real time consequences. This becomes a part of that conversation if you’re helping your child protect their information. Not over sharing, not sharing things that should be private online, making sure they know what you believe is appropriate for them to send and receive from other people. This is just a regular part of the conversation in today’s world.
We wanna be sure that you’re armed with information on that, so we’re actually gonna be releasing some resources in the months ahead that help you have that conversation because I know a lot of parents, they’re not comfortable with topics like data security. That seems like that’s such a difficult thing, but we wanna give you just some real practical tips. On that note, if you’ve been following, if you’re in the Chattanooga Area, we’re gonna be having an event on May 4th at ChristWay Church. This is our Digital Parenting Foundation, so then this helps you take the first step into being a digital parent, and we’re actually having this event, we’re gonna make it totally free, and we wanna have as many parents from the area come and join us.
If you’re interested in that at all, you can grab tickets at digitalparenting.com or christwaychurch.org. We’re super excited for that event. But here for Digital Parenting Live, again, if you have any questions you want us to answer, just feel free to send those in to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll get through as many of those questions as we can. Again, we’re thrilled that you chose to join us for another episode of Digital Parenting Live.