Thursday, March 30, 2017

Betwixt and Between

Describes this blog perfectly these days:

"For tweens, a social media network all their own" by Janelle Nanos Globe Staff  September 28, 2016

If you’ve come to rely on your tween to help you navigate all the social media apps on your phone, just remember: Legally, they’re not supposed to use these platforms at all.

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and many other social media sites are technically only open to people 13 and above, the result of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a set of federal regulations that were set up to ensure that sites don’t collect, use, or disclose personal information from children.

But that’s left a lot of kids enviously looking over their parents’ shoulders as they scroll through their newsfeeds. Or perhaps more often, it’s meant parents are turning a blind eye as many tweens lie about their age to get onto the sites.

It’s an issue that’s perplexed Jenny Mirken, a West Roxbury resident who started her career as the 24th hire at, has spent the bulk of it in digital marketing, and [who] is now the founder and chief executive of, a new chat and photosharing app that’s targeting children under 13. The app, which launched Wednesday, was designed to conform to the standards set by the federal government....

Oh, well, you should feel safe then.


And it's all been for $ale for years!

Related: SJC ruling makes it harder for police to seize cellphones

They don't need to seize it; they have already collected all your information.


Apple rolling out coding app for youngsters to gain share in the education market and nurture early product loyalty among children.


Also see: Latest WikiLeak Dump Shows CIA Hacking iPhones Since 2008 

Think brand loyalty, kids!