TODAY   |  October 20, 2013

Kids and social media concerns: TODAY viewers weigh in

Facebook has changed privacy settings for teens so that their posts will can be seen by anyone, not just friends. As social media continues to become part of many kids’ lives, parents offered tips for how they monitor their kids online. TODAY’s Craig Melvin interviews digital lifestyle contributor Mario Armstrong.

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>>> this morning in mario 's top three, facebook loosens the privacy standards, and microsoft is putting out the latest tablet. mario is here to sort through it.

>> good to see you, man.

>> let's start with facebook and the new privacy settings. a lot of parents are talking about this.

>> yes.

>> it could have some significant effect on teenagers, specifically in the household?

>> huge. from 13 to 17, before, when they would go onto facebook , they could only post when they got a video, a comment, it would go to their friends or friends of friends. and now, it changes. it can go full public all over facebook . that's a big distinction in terms of what kids are putting and posting online, being aware now it can be publicly seen. i think they're losing the youth, instagram, twitter, they don't have the same issues, they don't stop kids. two, i think it's money. if they can get a wider range, a wider reach, they can get more advertising dollars, as well.

>> dylan is in the orange room with reaction to folks at home with the question. we possession posed a simple question. do you worry about what your kids will post?

>> a lot of people are saying, yes. 79% of people are saying, yes, i do worry about what my child posts on social media . since people are worried about it, we asked the moms, what do you do to help with the kids and what they're posting on there? one person says, i not only monitor my son, but my friends, as well. they have parents that are extremely involved and loving. that's a major deterrent to ugly behavior. kimberly, i post delete, or make baby photos on their wall. that usually does the trick. nobody wants naked baby pictures. and then, i have the passwords, and they know when i will log on. that's are some of the moms' ideas for watching their kids on social media .

>> all right. no surprise, overwhelming response from the parents.

>> overwhelming.

>> gadget of the week. microsoft 's new surface tablet. how does it stack up?

>> stacks up really, really strong. two different devices from microsoft . one is the surface 2 and the surface 2 pro. the main difference between these two, i should say, is the surface 2 is for someone that wants a tablet. about 449 bucks, and it can run the window apps. the surface pro for someone who want as laptop and tablet, 899, but two worlds put into one. and the powerpoint slide here is up, but i'm looking at my screen for notes, at the same time. i can look at multiple programs at the same time. i can see all of the different content that i get. everything from --

>> can you customize that pain?

>> yes, fully customize it with programs, software, you would like to run. i like the fact that you can get work done, as well. i can get my full office suite so i can be able to get outlook and do my e-mail, but also be able to play games with the kids and also do some work.

>> you have an ipad. i have an ipad. how does this compare?

>> i have to say, i've had it for a week and a half. i'm impressed. a lot of people might say, you sound like a microsoft fan boy .

>> is that what they call you?

>> i'm an apple fan boy . you can't win with this. all i do is i think about the consumer and what does the consumer need? they need choice, options. my job is to present those. i think this is a great option for someone that loves windows, needs to get office work done.

>> yeah.

>> and also wants both worlds of a tablet and laptop.

>> and, also, out this week, a quick new way to send cash.

>> yeah.

>> and right now, it's free.

>> right now, it's free. we always want our cash. i think you owe me ten bucks now that i --

>> yeah, accepted me a bill.

>> yeah. square cash is what it's called. all you need is an e- mail address and debit card . you have to have a debit card . do it only in the u.s. i sent my staff member ten bucks, one of my employees, because that was all i was willing to give him. and it worked. i don't have to download anything, no fees, as you mentioned, right now. this is by the company that jack dorsey founded, the founder of twitter, also created square. so this is square cash to send money to family and friends.

>> how are they making money off of this?

>> when they first launched it, 50 cents per transaction, but now they don't have that. we'll see if they'll bring that back.

>> where do you get the cash from -- you attach the bank account --

>> yes, you link your debit -- your debit card -- or your bank account to that transaction. the only thing that people will be worried about, obviously, is security.

>> exactly.

>> so they make sure that they can check that the e-mail is being sent from the authentic user. it's still, you know, you have to do your research.

>> yeah, yeah.

>> do your homework. other companies are doing this, as well.

>> mario armstrong, i always learn something when we have you on.

>> and you owe me ten bucks.

>> on that note, it's time