Privacy is a big issue for everyone and Facebook privacy is no different. That’s why bloggers took to the internet this week when there was a even whisper of Facebook making private messages public. As Liz from Mom 101 pointed out, there were so many different responses from social media professionals, bloggers, and unplugged people. Kristine even pulled out the lighter (sort of) side of the bug when she pointed out the opportunity for couples everywhere to check up on their significant other…and the uncomfortable situations this could cause on her blog, Wait in the Van. But the privacy questions didn’t stop there.
Early this week, Facebook brainiac Melanie Nelson from Blogging Basics 101 pointed out another possible Facebook privacy faux-pas when she was able to view a post from a private or closed group. Later, Melanie updated her post with further findings, who she thinks could really be to blame, and even points out that these issues may, in fact, be a strange coincidence. Either way, I think it’s obvious that we need to be aware that everything you put on Facebook (or any social media channel for that matter) is vulnerable.
Here are a few more blog posts I found particularly interesting this week:
- Family is the most important thing in life – at least that’s how most parents feel – so it follows that teaching my children about our extended family is important to me. No surprise then that I was instantly enamored with this fun family apple tree craft from Gummy Lump, which is perfect since it’s also National Apple Month.
- As you know, we here at Type-A Parent firmly believe that blogging is not dead and we’re not the only ones. Joshua Wilner reminded his readers why he still blogs, why blogging isn’t going anywhere, and encourages other bloggers to write about what is happening to them – what’s important to them.
- October is National Bullying Prevention Month and now is a great time for parents to learn how to recognize the signs of bullying (and bullies). Mom on Planet Teen offers parents a few important bullying statistics and has some great resources available to help parents prepare.
- My very good and sparkly friend, Jenny on the Spot, is an amazing woman and she put her superpowers to work for good. Jenny started spreading the word about a new project of hers to bring joy to a young family undergoing some terrifying circumstances. I hope (no-challenge) you all to reach out and participate with us!
- Tis the season for spooky snacks, so head over to the Social Media Mom and polish up your ghoulish Halloween treat list just in time for your next class party.
- Possibly the most important and poignant post I’ve read all week come from Mommy Needs Coffee. Jennifer allows us to have a raw and painfully honest inside look at how anxiety, addiction, and depression can rob you of your joy and your peace…but ultimately, they just lie. Please take a moment to read both of her posts, offer her words of love and encouragement, and share it with someone who might be struggling.
- Sometimes as adults we forget. We forget that there are words that you just don’t say. We forget that words have meaning, both good and bad. We forget that children hear and feel these words. The horrible “r” word is one of these words. And believe it or not, people still use this word on a regular basis. Ellen, Love that Max author, takes a look at those people who still use the “r” word and reminds us that words have meanings and that we, as human beings, must do better.
So what did I miss? Share your best posts from the last week in our linky! The only requirements are:
- You should be a parent who blogs
- The post must have been published between September 29 through October 5, 2012
- You MUST use the permalink to the post itself, not your blog’s homepage URL
For the NAME field, use this format: Blog Name – Post Title
Stay Updated on the Blogosphere the Easy Way
Have trouble keeping up with your favorite parent bloggers? Feed reader starting to get unruly? Yep, we get it. Get the latest updates (including the weekly Talk of the Parent Blogosphere) in your inbox by subscribing to Type-A Parent. Be sure to at least select the box for Blog RSS Feed Updates (but hey, you can select more if you want, too!).
Photo © triocean – Right to use purchased at Fotolia.com