Where did 2014 go? With writing my first book and presenting to middle school as well as elementary school parents about parenting in the digital world, this year flew by. 2015 is gearing up to be another exciting year for KidsPrivacy. Before moving forward, I wanted to take a look back at 2014, its successes as well as a few missteps and share what to expect here in 2015.
Digital parenting is becoming an increasingly hot topic in the news. Family Online Safety Institute and many other amazing organizations are increasing their digital parenting outreach. Since a high tide raises all boats, KidsPrivacy has experienced a dramatic jump in traffic. As in years past, my parenting guide posts continue to be my most popular.
Here are the top 5 posts for 2014.
Talking Digital is done! Last year, my laptop felt like a new limb. I cannot remember ever leaving home without it. I was furiously writing during soccer pickups, on airplanes, vacations, weekends and any free time I could find. While I loved writing a book, I am glad to have it finished (or finished enough). This school year I have full slate of parenting ed presentations designed around my book. I also plan on developing a presentation for parents and 5th graders on preparing for middle school.
As I said, there were a few missteps in 2014. One of the big ones was “Ask KidsPrivacy.” I thought this was a great idea but it did not work. I wanted to have a place where parents could ask questions about digital parenting. Unfortunately, I received a lot more spam and weird comments than real questions from parents. I am pretty sure there is a country out there that believes “Ask KidsPrivacy” is a social network like Ask.fm. I have decided to remove this page but parents can still ask questions here.
My Friday Rewind was a casualty of writing a book. I just did not have time to put this together every Friday. I am always coming across great resources, interesting articles and tools for parents so I am trying it again. Every Friday, I will have a weekly review, even if it just a list of links for everyone.
Finally, I am entering the world of video. In December, I had an opportunity to talk with the wonderful Annie Fox. I have shared her books and mentioned her work in my book Talking Digital. Later in January, our interview will appear on her website Family Confidential where Annie Fox talks with parenting experts on a variety of topics. Until then, check out some of my favorite interviews including “My Kid Downloaded Porn” and “Parents as Stress Busters.”