How to tell if your daughter is dating someone scary…

Last week, I read an article on Medium.com, written by Heather Ryan and entitled "How to Tell if Your Daughter is Dating Brock Turner." As a mom to 2 teenage girls, I am extremely interested in arming myself with any and all ways to make sure they are safe at all times.  Many of you have read or ...

Who cares about privacy? How a private social media app is evolving.

It was a year ago this month that my team and I launched Frienedy.  We've learned a tremendous amount along the way about generational differences in terms of technology adoption and who truly values privacy.  Suffice it to say we've been thoroughly surprised.  This post highlights some of our journey and our findings over the past ...

7 Tips to Teach Your Kids About Email

It is a rite of passage, like your child’s first sleep over or walking home from school without help, at some point your kids will ask for and need an email account. But with an email account comes a how-to on proper do’s and don’t’s on using email. Just like everything else in life, its ...

Social media pendulum swinging towards privacy?

I wrote the article below for Medium.com recently and wanted to post it here as well.  Several industry experts have noted a trend towards privacy in social media for 2016. https://medium.com/@Frienedy/is-the-social-media-pendulum-swinging-toward-privacy-f2903228e270#.gca4qfcij How I manage my own online privacy... As much as I love Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn- it is definitely nice to be able to have a private ...

How was school today?

How many times have you asked your kids, "How was school today?"  And, the predictable answer comes back, "fine." "Well, tell me about it.  How was math?  Science? Lunch, even?" "Boring, Mom.  Nothing happened." "Come on- there had to be at least one fun or interesting thing you learned, heard or saw today at school!" "Nope." Missouri 4th grade teacher, ...

Get Safe Academy 2016

Over the past months, I’ve been working with former NCIS Special Agent, Heather Ryan, to put together a program for parents that will empower them to protect their kids (both physically and online) and coach their children to use social media productively. As two moms with very different backgrounds – mine as the CEO of a social ...

Managing your child’s access on iDevices…

Do you know how easy it is to set up restrictions on your children's iDevices? I'm a little late to this game, since my daughter got her first iPhone five years ago.  She was 11, and downloaded Instagram.   I didn't know how important it was to make sure her location settings were turned off.  I ...

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