For example, in 2013 the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada found that Whats App had violated Canadian privacy law by requiring users to upload their phone’s entire address book, giving the company access to information on all of the user’s contacts.
Because of the ability to send text, images and video, instant messaging now includes most of the same privacy risks as social networking: kids need to think carefully about what they want to send and also what they want to share with others.
But harassment and hurt feelings can easily result, so it’s a good idea to start the conversation early with your kids about these sorts of behaviours.
Build empathy by asking them to consider: even if the person whose identity you have “borrowed” has given you permission, is this fair to the person you’re talking to? There are also privacy issues associated with instant messaging.
Some people simply do not like having their photograph taken and it is a question of manners to ask permission first.
Additionally, once you have an image on your phone you can distribute it and/or upload it to the Internet.
Sometimes kids use other people’s accounts to disguise their identity in conversations with others – with or without permission.
Respect others Think about how a text message might be read, before you send it.Most young people use instant messaging on a regular basis.For kids, it is an incredible free tool that lets them chat with friends, coordinate school projects and plan activities.On this page you will find some basic tips on instant messaging safety: These are not the only safety issues related to using Instant Messaging clients.In addition to privacy, it should also be noted that Instant Messages are transmitted as clear text, using insecure protocols and that these messages use nonstandard attachments may not be scanned for viruses.
Sending someone a text that could be taken the wrong way might upset them.