July 28th, 2022

TikTok’s “Blackout Challenge” is the kind of trend you hope your kids steer well clear of. Dangerous and sometimes deadly, it’s the dark flipside to the comparatively innocent viral challenges—remember the ice buckets?—of years before. Unlike those video memes, often started as publicity-awareness campaigns, this one has nothing noble in its roots. It does, however, offer an important reminder: Social media can be as risky as it is engaging. TikTok, in case, somehow,…... Continue reading >

July 20th, 2022

To understand the Dark Web, understand this: The Internet can be a weird place. So weird, that it’s got a bizarro version where none of the normal rules apply. You can think of it as a parallel universe or an alternate dimension, but it has a name: The Dark Web. Here’s what you should know about it. The Dark Web is a shadow version of the Internet, where there are good actors and bad…... Continue reading >

June 22nd, 2022

Do you know about in-app purchases? If your kids are using a phone or tablet and have access to the apps on it, you definitely should. In-app purchases can escape your notice and cost you real money. The good news is, they’re easy to block. Some apps, in particular gaming apps, allow users to buy things within the app. No need to log into a separate store—one you’ve vetted, say. The user just…... Continue reading >

June 1st, 2022

It is with sadness in our hearts that we felt compelled to address the topic of violence in schools. Hasn’t this gone on for too long? Can’t we end this violent cycle of tragedy? We must not continue to let our children be attacked in what should be the safest space outside of their own home. At Privacy Parent, we may not be able to influence our leaders and lawmakers (yet), but we can use our expertise…... Continue reading >

May 16th, 2022

It’s not as if we lost our privacy all at once. We’ve given away little bits of it here and there, exchanging personal information for the conveniences and genuine solutions our increasingly tech-ified world provides. But your privacy matters. Your personal data is yours. It’s worth protecting. Here are 10 baby steps you can take to protect your privacy. Turn off Location Services. Not too deep in your phone’s privacy settings you’ll find “Location…... Continue reading >

April 26th, 2022

You know those dozens of old apps on your phone that you never use? They’re doing more than just sitting there. They’re collecting data about you and gumming up the works in the process. Unused apps are a privacy leak and a security risk. It’s time to do a little spring cleaning and delete them. Here’s how. iOS 1. Go to Settings/General/iPhone Storage. 2. Scroll down to…... Continue reading >

March 22nd, 2022

Children are spending a lot of time in front of a digital screen these days. On average: seven hours a day among kids age 8 to 18—and that’s before schools closed and we were all ordered home. Screen time recommendations vary among health advocates, but no one suggests staring at a screen for nearly a full workday is good for anyone, let alone 9-year-olds. For the CDC’s take, click here. What do…... Continue reading >

March 17th, 2022

Let’s shed some light on the Dark Web. What is it? Where is it? Do I need to worry about it? The Dark Web is a shadowy version of the Internet we all know and use, home to a range of good guys and bad guys, according to the National Institute of Justice. The Internet’s secret side. People use sites on the Dark Web for a range of reasons, but its built-in anonymity…... Continue reading >

March 2nd, 2022

We’re going to lose it with the EARN IT Act. Let us explain. The Senate is currently considering the Eliminating Abuse and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT), a bill presented as essential to the protection of children from online sexual predators and abuse. Needless to say, we can all agree that children deserve that kind of protection. The thing is, existing federal, state and local laws already provide that protection. Still, what’s…... Continue reading >

February 24th, 2022

A little relief from cross-app tracking? Maybe. It’s not all tech-doom and gloom here on Privacy Parent. As noted by PC Magazine, Google has just announced it will no longer allow cross-app tracking on Android phones, which make up 71 percent of smartphones. In the ongoing effort to keep at least some of your personal digital information to yourself and out of advertisers’ hands, that’s good news. Google is hardly faultless, but this…... Continue reading >