BOB'S BLOG

March 09, 2019

FTC ruling sees Musical.ly (TikTok) fined $5.7M for violating children’s privacy law, app updated with age gate

A significant FTC ruling issued today will see video app TikTok fined $5.7 million for violating U.S. children’s privacy laws, and will impact how the app works for kids under the age of 13. In an app update being released today, all users will need to verify their age, and the under 13-year-…

March 08, 2019

Instagram prototypes video co-watching

The next phase of social media is about hanging out together while apart. Rather than performing on a live stream or engaging with a video chat, Instagram may allow you to chill and watch videos together with a friend. Facebook already has Watch Party for group co-viewing, and in November we broke …

March 07, 2019

Google Confirms Serious Chrome Security Problem – Here’s How To Fix It

Google’s Threat Analysis Group has confirmed that the popular Chrome browser is under attack by a zero-day exploit that could allow hackers to gain access to the user’s computer, run remote code and install malware without the user knowing. Here’s how to fix it.

March 06, 2019

Bullying | Psychology Today

Bullying is a distinctive pattern of harming and humiliating others, specifically those who are in some way smaller, weaker, younger or in any way more vulnerable than the bully. Bullying is not garden-variety aggression; it is a deliberate and repeated attempt to cause harm to others of lesser power. It’s a very durable behavioral style, largely

March 02, 2019

Police issue warning to parents after “Momo challenge” resurfaces

The viral — and allegedly deadly — hoax is once again targeting children on social media

March 01, 2019

TikTok hit with record fine for collecting data on children

Tik Tok, a popular video-sharing app, has agreed to pay $5.7 million to settle allegations that it illegally collected personal information from children under the age of 13, such as names, email addresses and their location.

March 01, 2019

Protecting your children on the internet, even on ‘safe’ platforms

What happens when those ‘safe places’ on the internet, such as YouTube Kids, becomes dark?

February 28, 2019

Don’t Panic, What Parents Really Need To Know About ‘Momo Challenge’

What parents really need to know about The Momo Challenge

February 27, 2019

Flaws in 4G and 5G allow snooping on calls, pinpointing device location

Researchers say the threat is real.

February 25, 2019

When Kids Realize Their Whole Life Is Already Online

Googling yourself has become a rite of passage.