What is a safe way for you and your family to share photos and videos? Because kids love to see themselves and their friends in photos and videos, first, be positive. There is so much creativity expression with photography and videography. Cameras of all shapes and sizes are more accessible and easier to use. Share tips for taking better pics/video, such as the "rule of thirds" and how to avoid back lighting. Also disable the GPS tagging function of the phone/camera. There's no need to post EXACTLY where you're taking photos when sharing them. This is generally a fairly simple set up procedure and you may want to do it on your own device as well.
Now for sharing. Forget about texting, Instagram and Facebook. Texting a video or photo is like handing over the file for someone to do anything they want with it. What may be funny and cute to your child and their friends, may not be so amusing out of context and gone viral around the world. With texting, you lose complete control of what you share. While Facebook has some privacy controls, their terms of service give THEM very flexible permissions to use your content, and Facebook has had problems implementing their own privacy policies on more than one occasion, usually blaming it on a third party application provider. Besides, did you know it's a violation of federal law for anyone under the age of 13 to set up an account! Same for Instagram, and privacy controls for sharing there are non-existent. Photos in Instagram are visible to all members.
For more "social security" if you will, you can create galleries using iPhoto or Shutterfly and even allow friends and family to add images, but not download files. A password protected blog is another alternative that can provide safer sharing. You can also use an app like Burst.it. This is a family friendly sharing app that allows you to set up groups of friends/family, and parental controls for uploading and sharing photos and videos. It doesn't allow others to download or manipulate the content. The files are saved online, and can even be "unshared," yet still archived. To learn more about this great app, visit www. burst.it
Today on DadLabs, Clay reviews the 2013 Mazda 5.
Another of life's Ta-Da Moments from DadLabs.
One of life's Ta-Da Moments! At DadLabs, we sometimes have to travel away from our little ones. And after a long time away, it's nice to come back home to something like this.
THE DAD 2.0 SUMMIT is the annual conference where marketers, social media leaders, and blogging parents connect to discuss the changing voice and perception of men online and of modern fatherhood. Come join us January 31-February 2, 2013 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Downtown Houston.
Along with the social media experts from around the country, top brands will be there as well, sharing their best practices for online marketing and building new business relationships with bloggers and social media experts.
For more information or to register, please visit www.dad2summit.com.
Potty training your kid is one of the biggest parenting challenges parents will face. In this episode of The Lab, Daddy Clay and Daddy Brad offer advice to other dads and moms on how to potty train children. They run through potty equipment, including some from Baby Bjorn and the Peter Potty, that will make it easier for kids to transition to the big potty. Clean up advice for poop and pee is also shared.
Journey to comfort. Dove Men+Care and Dad 2.0 sent Daddy Brad along with several members of the DadBlogosphere to the MetLife stadium to talk with Doug Flutie about what makes him comfortable in his own skin, particularly as a father.
Episode 899 is brought to you by Dove Men+Care.
From a night light to a stylish new crib from BabyBjorn, Daddy Clay brings you his favorite products from the 2012 ABC Kids Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.
Episode 898 is brought to you by BabyBjorn.
Hax Attacks Review. October is Cyber Security Month. And at DadLabs, we are all about teaching good safety and security practices for your mobile devices, tablets, and home wifi network. But how do you explain kids to the basics of cyber security with THEIR online information? The folks at Cyber Griffin have developed a great game call Hax Attacks. That's right, we said GAME. When your children's eyes start to glaze over as you lecture them about online security, you can share Hax Attacks with them, and they probably won't even notice that they're learning. This interactive app is full of fun levels of moving your data around trying to prevent hackers from getting it. Kids respond to well to the games and retain the tips and information on how to keep their data safe that are shared throughout game play. Check it out! And join us in the forums on DadLabs.com to tell us how you are teaching your family online safety habits. Episode 897 is brought to you by Cyber Griffin.
Today on DadLabs we learn the Art of Bragging About Your Kids. What kind of bragger are you? The Humble Bragger, The Concerned Bragger, The Stand-up Bragger, or The Bold Face Brag. Let us know which one you are.
Today on DadLabs we talk with acclaimed chef, cookbook author and host Gerry G. Garvin about eating healthy on the road and at home.