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A note to family and friends  Welcome to Trepid Tech Mom

A note to family and friends who may be visiting this website. As someone who doesn't share a lot of "personal stuff" on social media, I want to welcome you to something that is very personal:

Trepid Tech Mom. A blog about safe and thoughtful digital parenting.

Let me explain.

For those who wondered where the "baby bump" pics were a few years back. For anybody who inquired where the newborn pictures were in social media feeds. For anyone who has been puzzled by our kiddos' "faceless" photos. For each and every person who has been awkwardly approached by me as I attempt to ask that their images of the kiddos not be put online.

This is why.

I am a self-proclaimed Trepid Tech Mom. Just a 30-something, wannabe tech-nerd, girl-wife-mom navigating how to safely and thoughtfully raise a family in today's digital world.

And I thought maybe you would want to join the conversation.

It is with some trepidation (get it) that I share this space with loved ones because my worst fear is that it comes off as "judgy." Let me be clear. I'm no expert in this area. Perhaps there's no reason to be a Trepid Tech Mom. Many families have different social media policies, and it’s very safe to say that there’s no “one-size-fits-all” approach.

That said, I am committed to putting in the time to make sure we as a family stay as safe as possible in today's connected world ... and sharing my thoughts and any helpful resources that might pop up in this space.

Online safety is important to our family and especially me because, while the digital world changes by the second, and it can be challenging to keep up, it's still our responsibility as adults. We owe it to the next generation, at least in my humble opinion.

If you have kids or not, I invite you to wander around, follow along, share with others, and join the conversation. It would be an honor to have you navigate the path to safe, thoughtful digital citizenship alongside me.

Together, we can learn how to politely ask someone to take our child’s photo off of social media, talk about the 7 "scary" things our cute pics may be giving away, and also learn about the 6 ways we can protect kids from inappropriate online content. We can also find strength knowing none of us are alone in this path to safe and thoughtful digital parenting, as well as learn why monitoring children's technology is an essential part of modern parenting.

You know. Stuff like that.

To wrap up my ramblings, I'd like to share a quote that sticks with me from Liz Perle, Founding editor-in-chief, Common Sense:

"We are conducting the world's greatest experiment on our kids in real time — and we don't know how it's going to turn out."

Thank you for visiting. Thank you for reading. And last, but certainly not least, a sincere thank you to you, our family and friends, for your help thus far in helping to protect our kiddos’ privacy and keep their online footprint small.