Thursday, May 2, 2013
Local mothers exchange childhood toys, clothing and accessories using social media.
Moms have to do it all. From getting the kids to soccer practice, to scheduling every doctor, dentist and eye appointment, from school homework to dance recitals, it just never ends. Moms over the years have developed some unique ways of organizing it all. Thankfully, with tools like smartphones, Google calendars, and alarmed reminders, there are multiple tricks of the trade these days. Some mothers in Montgomery County have found a way to even use social media to their advantage, too. With Facebook, some 502 moms have found a way to consign online. It can be difficult to get around to all the sales, find clothes and toys on a budget and make the family dollar stretch, but with Montgomery County Kids Online Yard Sale, the sale is always in…
Saturday, February 23, 2013
What ages are appropriate for joining social media sites? Montco Mommy debates.
It is official. My kids have their own Facebook pages. Yes, they are only 5 and 7 now, but in all honesty, they don’t quite “own them” solo just yet. I set them up, after much request from family, not for them to “Like” random pages, Harlem Shake videos and let’s face it, lots of cute cat photos. Instead, I find it to be a place to chronicle their lives. Much like my weekly column, I find it to be a nice space to save their daily shenanigans. My children are full of hysterical commentary, and I’ve dubbed them their “-isms.” Fans of my own, personal Facebook page largely tune in strictly to read the latest Seamus-ism or Alora-ism, not so much what I’m doing day to day. Then there are the photos. We take so many photos, and like most busy …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The photo-sharing service will change its policy effective January 16, 2013.
Users of the photo-filtering and -sharing site Instagram are facing a decision to either delete their accounts or allow Instagram to sell their photos. According to a CNET article, this policy change gives Instagram the right to take photos posted by users to the site and sell them to anyone, without asking the user for permission or compensating them for the use of the picture. The Terms of Service says: Some or all of the Service may be supported by advertising revenue. To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Has the apocalypse come early?
Monday, December 10, 2012
Don't panic. Don't check your computers. Don't call the authorities. Those pictures of your kids eating ice cream funny will have to wait. Facebook is down for many users, as of Monday evening. No explanation is available at this time. Huffington Post reports that Gmail was down for around 18 minutes today, and Google Drive experienced a short outage. Many have taken to Twitter to report the outage. Others joke about using MySpace again and that the Mayan apocalypse has come early. Stay tuned for more. What do you do when Facebook's down? Upload a picture to this story and show us!
Saturday, December 8, 2012
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
'Up to four' Keith Valley Middle School students' photos were uploaded without permission to a Web site described by an administrator as being 'racy.'
Hatboro-Horsham School District and the Horsham Police are investigating how a handful of Keith Valley Middle School students' photos turned up on a Web site, an official told Patch. "Up to four" students had their photos uploaded - without their permission - to the Web site, which Assistant Superintendent John Nodecker described as being in "no way pornographic," but "racy." Nodecker declined to share the name of the Web site and he said he did not know which grades the impacted students were in. According to Nodecker, the Keith Valley students were included on the site, along with a "number" of other area middle schools. Nodecker said "there may be more" Keith Valley students whose photos were uploaded without permission. The uploaded …
Saturday, October 6, 2012
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Sunday, August 19, 2012
Lucy shows how easy it is to make major blunders on this popular social networking site.
I admit it, I’m addicted to Facebook. I love it because I’ve connected with old friends from high school, am able to see pictures from my family who live all over the south and west, network with others in my field, and the list goes on. It’s been a blessing to me and many others. Then again, I didn’t get nicknamed “Lucy” for nothing. Like my red-headed namesake, I manage to get myself into all kinds of sticky situations. Facebook proved no different. In fact, it proved to be a welcoming haven for me and others like me, to get into trouble. One of the things I discovered is to be careful before hitting the enter button. I’ve done my best proofreading after I’ve posted something to my wall. Being a heroine in a play and being ON heroin are …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Hatboro-Horsham School District officials said cyber bullying, regardless if it occurs during school hours would be handled “case by case.”
During the school year, instances of cyber bullying through social media networks like Facebook or Twitter are reported weekly, Hatboro-Horsham School District Superintendent Curtis Griffin said. Just how often school administrators intervene is something that will continue to be handled “case by case,” Jack Dooley, the district’s attorney said. In reviewing its existing bullying and cyber bullying policies during Monday night’s meeting, administrators and school board members discussed what role the district should play in cyber bullying, particularly when purported bullying takes place out of school. “I don’t think we need to be the police and the DA’s office for everybody,” board member Louis Polaneczky said. “Have we done enough to …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The social-networking site is apparently mulling over the idea of children under 13 being granted use of the site.
Facebook is developing technology that would allow younger kids to access the site under parental supervision, a move that could help bring in a sea of new users for revenue but that could also increase privacy concerns, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The technology being tested would allow children's accounts to be tied to their parents' accounts so parents would decide whom their children could "friend." New kid-friendly features also could allow Facebook and its partners to bill parents for games and other entertainment accessed by their kids. Currently Facebook bans those under the age of 13. But several studies show that many kids use Facebook despite the ban, often with their parents' consent. For example, a 2011 …