Research + News | Topic: Digital Footprint

The Dangers of Talking Teddy Bears and Toasters

With the rise of connected devices such as TVs and toy dolls, Common Sense Kids would like ensure that “smart” devices meet basic security and privacy requirements. Read the article here.

What Is ‘Brain Hacking’? Tech Insiders On Why You Should Care

Silicon Valley is engineering your phone, apps and social media to get you hooked, says a former Google product manager. Read the article here.

Do Parents Invade Children’s Privacy When They Post Photos Online?

Children’s photos that parents have posted online have ended up in advertisements and on pornography sites.

Read the article from NPR here.

If You Plan To Use A Tracking App On Your Teen’s Phone, You Must Tell Them

With 73% of teens having their own smartphones now, according to a 2015 Pew study, more and more of their parents are facing the question: To spy or not to spy?

Read the article here.

How Colleges Use Kids’ Social Media Feeds

Learn how what you post can hurt — and help — the admissions process. Read the blogĀ from Common Sense Media here.

Nudity and Social Media Harm Girls

Celebrities routinely appear in compromising and salacious photos, and the tabloid press rewards them with adoring attention. Read the article here.

Study Finds Despite Expectations of Privacy, 1 in 4 Share Sexts

A new study from Indiana University researchers shows that although most people who engage in sexting expect their messages to remain private, nearly one in four people are sharing the sexual messages they receive. Read the article here.

6 Reasons Why Parents Should Care About Kids and Online Privacy

Neglecting to protect your kid’s privacy can have serious consequences, says Common Sense Media. Read the blog post here.

Parents, Our Children Are Going Viral And It’s Not Always Good

Every day we have kids trending across social media for doing the stupidest things in the world. Read the article here.

What To Do If You Find Something Disturbing On Your Teen’s Phone

One expert’s advice on how to help kids navigate the online world safely. Read the article here.