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Smart Home: BitMoms- A Smart Mom Resource for Online Safety

Today’s Smarty Pants Mama is Leticia, Chief BitMom for BitMoms.com.  Today Leticia is here to discuss the importance of keeping our families safe online and the free resources available through BitMoms.

These days everyone is online and while the internet is a treasure trove of resources, it can also be dangerous for our children.  Kids unknowingly share too much information about themselves by not setting their privacy controls on Facebook.  Peers can anonymously cyberbully through Formspring and saying the mean hateful things can crush a classmate’s self esteem.  And did you know that your kids may be engaging with strangers in your own living room? Gaming platforms that automatically connect to the internet are a way for strangers to invite themselves into your children’s lives through multiplayer gaming.

As a mom of two children, one of my most important jobs is to protect them.  Whether on the playground or online, I always want to keep my loved ones safe. Keeping my children safe doesn’t necessarily mean putting them in a bubble.  As a smart mom, I make it my job to know the risks of the online world by becoming knowledgeable about the tools my children use on a daily basis.

My need to know the potential hazards of being wired is one of the reasons why I have partnered with BitMoms, powered by BitDefender.  BitMoms is a free community dedicated to parents who are interested in internet safety and security.  We provide tools you can use to ensure your family’s online safety.

By joining our free community, you have access to resources through our Content Library where you can find information about talking to your children about internet dangers, how to protect yourself when doing online shopping, protecting your Facebook photos, and download a PDF about online safety. You can read up on current topics relating to online safety through our Blogs section or post a question to our members through our Forums section.

Our community is made up of smart moms who are dedicated to keeping their families safe online and we hope that you will come join us!

Any Smarty Pants Mama reader who joins BitMoms and writes on my wall saying they are a smart mom will have the opportunity to win 1 of 10 copies of BitDefender Internet Security 2010!  BitDefender Internet Security 2010 ($39.95) for the PC is netbook compatible and provides advanced protection against viruses, hackers, spam, and identity theft without slowing your computer down.  One of my favorite features that any smart mom will enjoy is its ability to provide parental controls that will monitor and control your kids’ online activities.

Leticia Barr is Chief BitMom for BitMoms.com and the founder of Tech Savvy Mama, a site that assists parents in finding the best technology products, websites, and resources for children of all ages.  As a mother of 2 and as a technology magnet coordinator for a large DC Area school system, she’s dedicated to the issue of internet safety and keeping all kids safe online.

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