10 of My Favorite Internet Safety Tips

Happy June, folks, or, as all the cool kids are saying, happy Internet Safety Month! In the spirit of keeping ourselves—and our families—safe this summer and beyond, I decided to round up 10 of my favorite Internet safety tips. They’re quick, easy, and important. So, without further ado, let’s begin …

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To Whom It May Concern: Your Photos Are Giving Away Your Location.

Over the years, I’ve received numerous pictures, immediately clicked "save to Photos" and enjoyed looking at them with the kids, printing for frames, saving to our AppleTV screensaver, etc. At the same time, I often discover the photographs have a geotag. In other words, our neighborhood (or wherever the photo was taken) is all of a sudden listed above the image rather than the picture’s date. As a Trepid Tech Mom, I tend to worry about these things and often mention the geotag to the sender, just so they are aware of the info their photos provide. Long story short. Because many of my family and friends are glad to have this information, I thought I’d share here as well.

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Monitoring a Child's Technology Is Modern Parenting

Like most things, when it comes to a family’s policy on technology, there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach. What one family deems necessary, another may find inadequate, while yet another assumes is way overboard. It wasn’t until I started digging into Trepid Tech Mom that I formed an opinion on the topic and that is: monitoring children's technology, in one form or another, is an essential part of modern parenting.

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Why I'm (Really) Excited About Relay, the Screen-Free Phone for Kids

Do you want to delay getting your kids a smartphone but also need to have lines of communication available? Listen up! I recently learned about something called the Relay which is a screen-free phone for kids. Let me take that back it’s more like a “go-everywhere-you-and-your-kids-go” walkie-talkie that’s also GPS enabled and works with parents’ smartphones via a companion app. Need to have a way for your kids and you to talk? Check. Need to be able to check on their whereabouts? Check.

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The New Zealand Shooting | Sadness. Outrage. Action.

With violence and hatred, sadness and shock can quickly turn to outrage followed by questions like, how are we going to make the Internet a safer place? How do we talk with our children about tragedies in age-appropriate ways? How do we prevent gun violence from happening again? While I don’t have all the answers to these questions, I hope you’ll join me in trying to turn energy into ACTION.

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My Fellow Trepid Tech Mom: You Are Not Alone

Wow. It's been just over a year since I wrote my first Trepid Tech Mom blog. In the beginning, speaking up as a Trepid Tech Mom, I worried. And while some worries have become a reality, I’m oddly okay with that because one, in particular, turned into something spectacular: Trepid Tech Moms are everywhere. In the spirit of celebrating one year of Trepid Tech Mom, I’d like to do two things. First, I want to thank each one of you for your part in this Trepid Tech Mom journey and for proving that none of us are alone. It’s an honor to navigate the path to safe and thoughtful digital parenting alongside you. Second, I want to share a few things for which I’ve learned thus far. Here's to a year!

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How I Made My Amazon Echo Spot Less Terrifying

Committed to enjoying my new Christmas present, I did a quick online search before setting it up to find out how to use the Amazon Echo Spot safely. Sure enough, Safety.com gave me a quick and easy checklist to ease my fears (a bit) in their article, Amazon Echo: Tips to Protect Your Privacy and Online Safety. Here’s a rundown of their suggestions on how to prevent unauthorized use and protect your family’s privacy and how I implemented them. If you, too, are the proud owner of the Amazon Echo Spot or perhaps another smart speaker or digital assistant, I hope you leave with a few tips on how to stay safe and thoughtful digital parents and citizens.

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The Day I Caught a Stranger Photographing My Child

At a college sporting event yesterday, as my toddler and I were walking back to our seats after halftime, I noticed a stranger photographing my child. The older gentleman had his smartphone out, pointed directly at us with my daughter clearly in the camera’s crosshairs. Why am I sharing this story with you? Well, I learned a few lessons that I thought I’d pass along.

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