Hi, my name is Danielle and this is my website. Being a mom in todays world isn’t easy. Protecting my two sons sometimes seems like mission impossible. They have access to toys, technology and gadgets that make it very difficult to stay informed and know all the dangers involved in using them. This is especially true when it comes to Internet. Idea behind this site is for me to get familiar with the world of technology, as much as possible, so that when my kids ask me, “Mom can we play a round of Overwatch before bedtime?” I’m not stumped.
In the interest of full disclosure, this website was put up for me by my sister-in-law. She’s in the business of designing websites, and one night we were talking about my technological handicap when she suggested that I should start a blog on how it is to be technologically illiterate parent in todays world. I’m currently nagging her when I want to make tweaks to the website, but I’m slowly starting to get the hang of things myself.
Describing myself as technologically illiterate might be a bit overly dramatic. I do know how to use the computer to write a document in Word, print said document, photos, etc. What I have problems with are new apps, media sharing websites, games, various electrical gadgets, which might be dangerous for the kids. For example, my youngest son wished for an electric skateboard under the Christmas tree. Now I know that there are skateboards, I’ve driven them a couple of times if you can believe such a thing, but what I didn’t know is that there are electric skateboards. Immediately I started wondering what kind of safety gear is needed to ride them, is a license needed, how old do children have to be before they can ride them, those are just some of the questions that popped into my head after hearing about electric skateboards.
Skateboards aren’t that scary though, falling off of them would only produce some minor scrapes and bruises, nothing that won’t heal. My biggest fear is that my children end up being exposed to something on the web that will scar them for life, or take them down the wrong path. I probably sound paranoid, I know that I can’t protect them from everything. What I can do is try and learn the inner workings of the Internet in order to be better informed which websites my kids CAN visit, which apps they CAN download on their phones, which games are OKAY for them to play, etc.
Kidsafeprints is a website where I’m going to write about my day to day encounters with modern technology, electric devices, tech lingo and anything else that baffles me that particular day, on that particular occasion. What you can expect are articles on the dangers of a certain tech gadget that my kid wanted (and I mostly likely bought), I’ll give you my views on it, recommendations for monitoring applications for when kids go browsing the web (so that you have some control what they are exposed to, that’s a thing apparently) and other tech security mumble jumble that I discover.
I just want to say that my writings here probably WILL NOT BE anything revolutionary. It will be obvious things for anyone that hasn’t been living under a rock for the past 10 years or so. Think of this website as my diary in my quest to understand all the security concerns that exist when combining small children and technology that surrounds us more and more every day. I mean just yesterday I heard that there is now a computer inside an electric fridge. That is just insane.
There will also be times I will be focusing on what kind of dangers can children be faced with when they come into contact with various toys, electric devices, sporting equipment, and so on. Basically anything that can cause actual physical harm to children. Granted I will be focusing mostly on the other type of security discussion, the one that’s focuses on tech security and kids, since that’s where I’m lacking in understanding.
I will try to write on a regular basis but I’m not making any promises. My kids take up most of my time, especially now that the school is starting up again after winter break. I would like to thank everyone for coming to visit my website and make sure to leave comments on my posts, your feedback is most welcome. Lastly I would just like to leave you with a video link to a YouTube channel that I recently discovered. It’s run by a mom that talks about technology from the perspective of moms. Hence the name MommyLovesTech. Enjoy and I hope to hear from you all soon.