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Vine App Turns 1 Y/O & Tips To Protect

8:15 PM, Jan 24, 2014   |    comments
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VINE -- The mobile app to create six-second, looping videos has grown to more than 40 million users in its first year.

The app was launched one year ago today. Co-founder Colin Kroll said, with the goal to make finding, watching and sharing videos easier from people's smartphones.

"We had no idea what people would do with it, and every day we're blown away by the creativity, comedy and momentous events we see captured on Vine," Kroll said in an e-mailed response to USA TODAY Network.

To celebrate Vine's first birthday, USA TODAY Network lists awesome ways people have used Vine, as well as a special birthday message.

As we keep-up with technology Danielle Hatfield, a social media expert says that we all need to take technology by the horns, especially parents. 

"Some parents are terrified of technology that their children are using and often don't take the time to understand, learn or even download the apps their children are using," said Hatfield.

Here's some tips Hatfield offered:

  • Download and learn how to use any app on your child's phone.
  • Sit down and instruct your children of the dangers of over-sharing information.
  • Read the privacy documents available on most apps.

Hatifield also recommends going to ConnectSafely.org for more information to protect you and your kids.

USA Today / WFMY News 2

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