What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Terms and Conditions May Apply is an eye-opening documentary about the way that various online companies -- be they e-commerce sites, Internet service providers, search engines, or social media networks -- collect, store, and share their users' personal information, thanks to those long and usually unread terms of service agreements. There's occasional racy content and strong language (in text) shown on the screen, as well as blurry photos of people on Facebook or Twitter, but otherwise, this is an informative (and frightening!) documentary about consumers' digital footprints and how your every keystroke could one day be used against you. It's great family viewing for parents and tweens/teens who want to be safe, smart digital citizens.
  • Families can talk about how it's important to understand what it means to be an informed digital citizen. What steps can you take to ensure that you're using the best safety and privacy practices?
  • What did you learn from Terms and Conditions May Apply about using social networks and other companies? Did anything surprise or shock you? Does it make you think twice about what you share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.?
  • The filmmaker seems to imply that Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is a hypocrite. What do you think of that one and only interview the director has with him?
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