The story behind Digital Security Mom 2

I’m the mom your older kid loves to hate and probably doesn’t want you to know what I know. I’ve been making my child’s online experience safe while still giving him some freedom. Monitoring his online presence for years, I’ve made sure he doesn’t go to the explicit Web sites, monitor his email and restrict him from social networking. I thought I was doing everything right. But, then the inevitable happened… a child my son’s age account posted what could be considered bullying type photos of my child on Facebook.

 What was I to do? This child was not even old enough to have a Facebook account, but he had one anyway. Did you know Facebook requires a child to be 13 years of age to have an account? It was then and there that it hit me. I can control my child’s Internet presence, but couldn’t control the Internet presence of my son’s friends and acquaintances.

 Thus, I decided at that moment that parents all over needed help keeping up with technology and learn the ways and means to protect their families. Knowledge is power, and the intent of Digital Security Mom is to help in this effort.

 I don’t claim to know it all, but I know how to research and have the pleasure of knowing with a bunch of very talented individuals whom are kind enough to share their insight and knowledge with me, even if sometimes it’s via osmosis.

2 thoughts on “The story behind Digital Security Mom

  1. Reply sara Jul 3,2014 8:15 am

    Do you have any information about snapchat and any apps that are similar to app certain. (sometimes hard to use)
    Thanks so much and keep up the good work!

    • Reply DigitalSecurityMom Aug 13,2014 8:17 am

      Snapchat is used often by kids too and is hard for parents to monitor because the images are not saved. However, you should let your child know that all images can be saved by anyone and can even be grabbed in transit. So, they need to keep in mind that nothing officially goes away. Also keep in mind that Snapchat is listed 12+ in the iTunes store. If the caregiver puts limitations on the device and account for age-based ratings, the child will not be able to use it.

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