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Apps to spy on your childrens mobile phones

Social Identity in the world

We look at the growing number of apps that spy on the mobile phone activity of your children.  An increasing number of parents feel the need to spy on their children’s cell phones to keep up with who they talk to and what they share. One thing to remember is that all of the data you are tracking is being sent from your child’s phone to the Internet and then stored there. While all of these services use encryption to store the data, the fear it is out there is always on our mind.

While we feel there are better ways, we look at the growing market of applications. A step you can take on a schedule, or even better randomly, is to sit with your child and ask to see their phone. Browse through the pictures, apps and contacts.  Learn the slang they use in texts. Check for history in the Direct Messages of Instagram, Facetime talks and more.  Compare it to how  your job owns your work email content, computer and provided phone if you are paying the bill you own theirs.

Remember that cyber bullying is a real issue and we are proud to be on the Board of Directors for the Megan Meier Foundation. You should be involved with your kid online activity and have open communication. Do not rely only on these applications.

Watch me in the following video that aired Jul 2016 on KSDK (NBC) News Channel 5 about this very topic before we look at apps.  Follow me on every network as @IdoNotes (Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and everything else)

Below is some of the top apps for monitoring your child’s mobile phone activity.

Samba.me launches for SxSW and accesses your contacts

Samba.me logo

Samba.me first entered the iTunes store in February 2014 and are preparing for a SxSW appearance for the first time. A privacy policy for the app worries us. They collect both anonymous and identifiable information.

The Samba.me service is a video sharing platform that records the reaction of the receiver and sends it back to the sender. For example I record a skating video (maximum time is 16 seconds) with a person falling. I send the video to a friend via the Samba.me app. When they watch the video it is simultaneously recording their reaction to the video. This recording is then sent right back to me for viewing.

What was interesting was the access and information it needed when performing these features

Email is social & social networks are bigger email

We read articles on how email is not social and email is a silo then followed with social networks are about openness and sharing. Actually you can make either one exactly the same.

Email buttonWhile social networks have sharing capabilities, it actually follows the same design and structure as email always has.  The difference is email has mentally been grandfathered into our minds as a silo and shelter of knowledge.

If we think of the security and sharing model they inherently act identically.  Both have groups that you can share with, such as Path, Google+ and Facebook.  Both have search ability for yourself or against other’s data if allowed, such as Facebook and Twitter.  Both email and social networks can isolate data from everyone.

So why do we feel that storing identical information in another storage facility is called sharing? Because we are told so. Sites claim email is bad, not a sharing mechanism and then in the same sentences tell you that you sharing in email is limited.

Isn’t sending an email that links to an attachment the same as a tweet that does so? If I select my followers (approve them to a protected feed in other terms) then I am setting a group of who can see my data. The same goes for URL’s. The larger group I send to the more see it.

Social networks do the same and keep track of what you can see the same as email. The interface for storage is just entirely different.  A huge database knows what tweets you have rights to see and search against via security.  Facebook social graph performs the same way. You can only see what has been shared with you or publicly.

So instead of saying the file storage mechanism in email isn’t conducive to sharing the model of access and security may simply need to be retooled to make it so.  Protected folders by groups or privacy.  Public folders for everyone to search against.  Oh wait, email has already been doing that for years.  And IBM tried mapping all this in Raven / Discovery Server years ago.  Yes, ahead of their time.

What do you think? Can email be retooled to act exactly like social networks? Is it one already? I think it is. Let’s debate.

Announcement: Social Stalking is now part of TheSocialNetworker

I am happy and relieved to announce that Social Stalking has now been merged and will be part of TheSocialNetworker.  Welcome to all the readers and subscribers from Social Stalking to a much larger pool of content.  Readers will now get the best of both sites in one location.

A while ago, there was a definite need to separate the content for all the social media site reviews, issues and concerns with privacy that I covered in live seminars, screencasts and blog postings.  Those lines have been blurred.

I have played with the idea of merging the content for some time and new developments in direction of content, writing and outside influence made the decision easy.

All of the past security and privacy content from SocialStalking.com has been merged into this site in the exact location and dates with redirections set from the previous site.  Screencasts will cover both topics, web and live events will cover both and blended content will be easier to follow.

So welcome to the moved readers and for those already here, welcome to the new content.