You may have to do some reading on this topic. I know, I'll be researching this: apparently some apps do collect student information like phone numbers, location, and friends. And here is a CNN article by Todd Sperry on Smartphone apps can compromise kids' data, trade panel says. Something to get you thinking.
How do we know when this is true? Are we no longer in control of our child's privacy? Should Apple and Google be more diligent in curbing this in the apps they sell?
The Federal Trade Commission now is involved in determining if software companies that create cell phone apps have violated the privacy rights of children. A report suggest that the cell phone industry has grown so rapidly that young consumers may be at high risk for privacy violations. That's a serious concern for parents and educators. (See "Feds investigating makers of cell-phone apps for kids" eSchool News December 12, 2012)
This issue with cell phones may be just the start of more far-reaching ramifications regarding children's privacy rights. The Internet is another source for companies to exploit online information about children under the age of 13. (See "Changes in law aim to protect kids’ internet privacy" eClassroom News December 20, 2012)
What is our responsibility as parents and educators to protect our children from this type of exploitation?
In response to the ongoing issue of children and privacy rights, eSchool News published an article--Feds target kids' web privacy--(February 2013) in which supporters argue that the changes are long overdue while critics worry that these new regulations could stifle developers of educational apps.
What do you think of these new rules regulating children's privacy?