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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6 Fun Things To Do Inside When It’s Too Cold To Go Outside

Winter is here! All of a sudden the season of snow and low temps seems to have stricken us in the midwest. As a result, families are staying inside more with “snow days” and just plain “too-cold-to-go-outside” days, and that can cause parents, caregivers, and kids to get, well, a little stir-crazy. This Trepid Tech Mom is here to share a few super simple things to do when temps dip to dangerous levels — besides dive into smartphones and other devices. The best part is, you probably have everything you need!

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6 Ways to Protect Children from Inappropriate Online Content

Here’s to being safe and thoughtful digital parents and caregivers by protecting children from inappropriate online content! There’s no better time than now to start the conversation with kiddos, no matter how well-versed they are in the ways of the World Wide Web. Let’s all take these six tips and do our best to help protect young children in our lives from unwanted content online. It’s our responsibility.

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Social Media: "Stealer of Thunder"

The other day, something prompted me to remember a story about a little kid on the first day of school. The thought of this story sprang up while touring a local preschool when our guide made the statement, “You can join a Facebook Group that shows pictures and shares what your child does here each day.” It was at that moment I felt my mind begin to wander as I realized social media steals children’s thunder … and we, adults are often at fault. I’ve been haunted by this realization ever since.

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