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Mom to Mom Monday: Are you concerned with internet safety?

Posted by Julie on 12/16/2013 to Mom Madness
Are you getting the sense lately that everything is connected online, even in ways we don't want to be connected? I often get a feeling, when my kids are playing on my cell phone, that they're one click away from accidentally sharing something with the world that I wouldn't want shared, because it's becoming easier and easier to share EVERYTHING.

computers,kids,safety As a 'mommy blogger' (a mom who owns and operates a blog) I would say I know my way around the internet fairly well. Should there be a suspicious private message or email, or if I see a person that I want to 'investigate', well...I look them up! It's pretty easy to discover things about people that they may not realize anyone can find if they try hard enough.

So my question is this. Are you concerned with your safety and the safety of your kids because of all the information about you online? I see bloggers everywhere who nickname their kids for the sake of privacy or sometimes don't share their kids images at all, but after knowing what I know about how easy it is to 'look up' people, I wonder why bother? I have a feeling, not that I am totally safe, but that no one can be totally safe, no matter how hard we try.

There is a part of me that becomes more and more concerned as my kids become older and more comfortable online. Everything wants them to click and join, give their details so they can play, sign up for this or that...and that is what starts to scare me.

I wish this were a post about how to be more safe online but I find that I'm kind of thinking we can't be safe, as long as you're online, you're putting YOU out there whether you like it or not.

As a family, how concerned are you with the fact that your images and your kids images are online and the fact that with all the apps and 'check-in' tools, etc. that strangers are able to find out an awful lot about you regardless of how hard you try to keep things private.

Is this a concern of yours? Do you take steps to try and maintain anonymity or do you just try not to think about how exposed your personal information may be online?