We had the good fortune recently of meeting – online, of course – the two gentlemen behind CarefulParents.com. They have taken it upon themselves to create something they felt was missing online. Child rearing questions are an age-old problem, and it is one to which they’re bringing a new angle.
As the name implies, CarefulParents looks to help parents keep their kids safe, both in real life and online. We really like the concept and how they’ve structured the site – the content of the site revolves around “Alerts” – each of which is an issue submitted by a parent to the community that they feel will he helpful to other parents. In the words of the founders, the Alerts are “a way for parents to share dangerous activity their children could be involved in.”
Created by John Michels and Tim Sabens as a side project, CarefulParents is a growing community with lots of potential. According to Michels speaking in a recent interview with CBS 4 Indy:
“Michels and [Sabens] had the idea to create the site after learning about the Slender Man case out of Wisconsin in which two girls are accused of stabbing their friend 19 times as a way to impress the online character. “As I was watching the story I was thinking to myself how do parents keep up in today’s world with what their kids are doing. Whether it be online or through texting or different phone apps,” said Michels.”
Think about the value of the site in this way: If you Google “Is Snapchat safe for 11 years olds?”, you will likely be taken to a site like this one that attempts to provide information on a wide range of internet safety issues for kids and teens, one of which happens to be Snapchat. You’ll get your answer, but what if you’ve never heard of Snapchat? You wouldn’t have performed that Google search in the first place. Wouldn’t it be helpful to get an unsolicited heads up from a parent/peer who has seen things you haven’t? We think it would.
We get these informal alerts all the time in our everyday lives – from friends, family members and coworkers. CarefulParents expands your network to increase your chances of getting more info that will really help. We are going to start posting alerts soon (yes, we’re parents too) and encourage you to join the community and get involved.
The most recent addition to the site is the forum section, which allows parents the opportunity to ask questions or start discussions around topics not yet covered by the site. It’s brand new, so if you have a question, that is a great place to start.
We wish CarefulParents the best of luck in growing their community. There are no ads on the site, and both the signup process and navigation are effortless to navigate – a pleasure to use.
Free help for parents, from parents; it’s a good thing.
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