The issue of privacy for parents will always remain. The talk of do’s and don’ts, the fear of predators, embarrassing pictures, the list can go on and on…but the issue is that children have evolved around their parent’s wishes. “They started encoding their meaning. Rather than trying to restrict access to content, they started to restrict access to meaning,” Says Boyd in Networked Privacy. In this article Cracking the Code, Olsen talks about teen codes of prying eyes reading their conversations online. Teens are always coming up with new codes but as many codes that teens can come up with, parents are just as capable of deciphering them. Sites like NoSlang.com give parents the insight on teenage slang terms and how to decipher their codes for text, IM and internet. Parents may never know what their children are up to if they are not monitored, but there is such a thing as smothering your child. I personally think that the reason so many kids rebel is because 1) their parents smother them or 2) their parents don’t care enough. I think there needs to be a happy medium. The whole point of being a teenager is the gossip and who’s who. Everyone was young once and there is only so much you are allowed to do, so why take their “language” away from them? Yes I do think teens should be talked to about not giving out personal information and how pictures can affect your job in the future. But for heaven’s sake, let them be kids while they still can! The site, On Guard Online, gives some really great advice on what to talk to your teen about when using social media.
What about the issue of confidentiality? Parents are always sharing private information about their families, but as soon as kids do it its considered a danger. The so called “mommy bloggers” can go on and on about their children online, potentially revealing harmful information about their families, but harp on children for wanting privacy from their parents. Seems like a case of hypocrisy to me. Boyd (Networked Privacy) goes on to describe a mother adding her genealogy chart to a blog, revealing several names and maiden names that are often asked as security questions. Now how is THAT not breaching the confidentiality of your entire family and personal accounts?
From the article by Brian Solis, he describes the definition of social media. “Social Media is the democratization of information, transforming people from content readers into publishers. It is the shift from a broadcast mechanism, one-to-many, to a many-to-many model, rooted in conversations between authors, people, and peers,” as quoted by Solis in Defining Social Media. A more condensed version would be “Any tool or service that uses the internet to facilitate conversations,” Solis. Many companies steer away from social media because they want to have control over it. The public wants to control social media and if you take that away from them, they will leave. If you give them control over the media, they will flock to it. Soon “social media” will be considered just “media” and not a separate leg. Technology and the world as we see it is evolving, which means the way we receive our news and information will change as well. Just as the example of news stations starting apps or Facebook and Twitter pages. People want their news on-the-go and easy to read.