Chris J Powell

Social Privacy, Kids & Technology and will Facebook be the next Hacker victim?

So LinkedIn has decided to “pull a Facebook” style stunt and use your name and photo in its ad campaigns by default.  Not cool, but if you make the choice to go social…you do have to expect to give up some of your anonymity but if you are going to use Krispy to make money…then Krispy should make money to!

But if you are like me and don’t like the idea of your image and good name making you money…here is a quick step fix to giving you some “Social Privacy”:

  1. Log in to your Linked in Account.
  2. Go to your Settings Page (should be top right of screen beside Add Connections)
  3. On the Settings Page locate the Account Tab (should be the last option near the bottom of the screen)
  4. there will be an option called Manage Social Advertising
  5. Uncheck the “LinkedIn may use my name, photo in social advertising.” box and done!


There will forever be the debate about “Screen Time” for kids but as a parent this has crept back into the media because of the popularity of the iPad and Social Media.  My 11 year old has her on netbook, has access to 2 other laptops, 2 tablets and 2 desktops.  She is well connected and is truly Geek 2.0 personified but I am sometimes concerned that because she is so well connected to this 21st century world that she is loosing touch with the ways that I used to connect with my friends. put up an interesting post a couple of days ago that peaked my interest.  A few highlights that I took were directed at a pretty solid comparison of two completely different takes on how much time is too much time with our new High Tech Devices:

 According to Rosen, teens are able to test the identity waters, so to speak. For example, they can practice different forms of sexuality via their web presences, and receive feedback from peers. It allows them to “practice life” somewhat innocuously, says Rosen.

But on the opposite spectrum:

According to a 2009 Kaiser study, kids aged 8-18 are engaging with digital media an average of 7.5 hours per day. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 1-2 hours per day of screen-time. Rowan adds, “There is absolutely nothing in technology that is developmentally healthy. Any time spent in front of a device or with a device is detrimental to child development.”


I can see that both sides of this debate have some merit but as a parent, it is ultimately my choice on how my daughter is raised.  She may have unlimited access to the best technology I can afford but one thing she still has not gotten is a calculator for school (as this is nothing more than a teacher’s crutch).


Finally, Hacker Group Anonymous has come out with a fairly broad statement that it will Destroy Facebook on November 5!   This is actually a legitimate threat that as of yesterday their “Operation Facebook” video post had 1.6 million views.

Personally I am tired of hearing about these cyber terrorists and hope that Interopol, the RCMP, FBI Scotland Yard of for that matter the group of Navy Seals that finally caught up with Osama Bin Laden swoop in and put an end to the crap that has really pushed many companies and individuals into a tale spin of consumer confidence (not helped by governments that want to continue to overspend and extend lines of credit that are unrealistic and unsustainable).


To wrap this up, I want to give a shout out to the wonderful team of hardworking Info-Techers that I had the honor of working with during the ITRG First Annual Fun Day.  Our team took top prize and out witted and out played our competitors by a substantial margin!


Cheers and have a great day,


Chris J Powell


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