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About a week ago I had an incredible meeting with a tech
entrepreneur. We chatted about technology, the constant changes in social
media and how to bring more potential to our digital work.
I know many
bloggers and influencers are constantly in search of the next best thing that
will take their platforms to the next level. Same goes for mom bloggers, and, like me, lifestyle writers. We put our thoughts, ideas and opinions on the web
in hopes to help others, connect with readers who are going through the same thing,
or simply to vent or rant. It's a social media world, and we are able to bring income
into our homes and increase the overall revenue of our household.
One thing that has always worried me as a mom is exposing my
children to the world of social media and web sharing. I know once an image has
been put on the Internet, it can’t ever be taken back. That’s why I’m so
conscious about sharing images of and details about my children on social media outlets. I often ask family
members to refrain from posting pictures that show their faces too much, or
their names and personal info, or school uniform.
I have declined many paid
campaigns and sponsored content because the requirements included a detailed run
of their days or too many up-close images. I have always done it, because I
believe it's better to be safe than sorry. But I didn’t know the extent of how
deep and concerning the situation is.
Next time you’re surfing on the web or downloading the latest photo app, read everything before accepting and think about how much are you willing to give away to complete strangers.
Privacy issues are nothing to take lightly. When we download
an app, we are giving away our entire lives—location, surfing habits, contacts,
etc.—to that company. Not only are we providing them with our phonebook and
search results, but, in many instances, we're even giving them access to our photos
Do you read thoroughly each of the requests? Did you know that
with a simple format, anyone could download your entire photo directory from Instagram without having to ask for your consent? Or that all your phone
numbers, emails, addresses, etc., are given to messenger apps that download
them and retain the information even after you delete it from your phone or
tablet? Have you noticed how after you browse fall boots, all of the sudden all the
sponsored content on Facebook is about shoe deals or shoe collections?
thank cookies for that, and I’m not talking about the chocolate chip yummy kind.
How much do we know about social media and are we aware that
we are pretty much giving away our lives for a few likes?
What’s truly concerning is that anyone—yes, even child molesters—can have access to the lives of our children with a simple smart code and a click. We must teach our children to be wise about what
they share and post, and educate ourselves about the information that tech
companies are able to acquire from us.
Next time you’re surfing on the web or
downloading the latest photo app, read everything before accepting and think about
how much are you willing to give away to complete strangers.