Be Web Smart

I publish Be Web Smart, a site for parents who want to keep their families safe online.   I've worked as a webmaster (although I've always preferred the title Web Goddess) since 1998.  Over the years I've developed the ability to absorb technical information and translate it for those who are not technically minded.

Before creating Be Web Smart, I started a personal blog in 2011. I found myself writing most about technology-related topics. Around the same time, with my then 10-year-old daughter using the computer more often, I found myself in need of parental control solutions. I researched and shared my findings on my blog, and with my friends.  I realized that other parents I knew were in search of simply written, action-oriented, and practical advice on the topics I wrote about. So I started Be Web Smart with that same focus in mind.  I’m here to remind you that “you don’t have to be tech savvy to Be Web Smart!”



Pumpic review: parental control solution for iOS and Android

I added Pumpic to my list of parental control solutions several months ago but wanted to return for a more thorough review....more

House Party – Video Chat app keeps teens connected (constantly)

House Party is the latest app you’ll want to have on your radar. House Party is a video chat app, developed by the team who built and then shut down live streaming app Meerkat . You can chat with up to 7...more

Prevent Apps from using cellular data on an iPhone

Here’s a tip for parents who are worried about kids using up all their data. You can restrict certain apps so they’ll only function when using a WiFi connection. This method is also useful...more

Live Streaming has gone mainstream – what are the risks?

Last year I mentioned Periscope, Meerkat, and YouNow as three apps that parents should be familiar with....more

5 Email Management Tips to Help Reduce Stress

Recently I had an interesting discussion on my personal Facebook page....more

NetSanity Parental Control Review

NetSanity has been on my list of parental control products to review for quite some time....more

How to Stay Private on Pinterest

When I first heard about the social sharing site Pinterest back in 2012, I couldn’t figure out the name. ...more

Instagram Stories Privacy Options

In case you missed the memo, or didn’t hear the grumblings or sighs of indignation from a nearby teen, I’m here to let you know that Instagram has added a new feature called “Stories”....more

At what age should kids get cell phones?

The other day I came across an article in the New York Times, “What’s the Right Age for a Child to Get a Smartphone?” While reading it I thought about one of my first articles here on Be Web Smart, and thought it might be a good idea to revisit the question. Perhaps this is too young? I first wrote this post back 2011....more

5 Quick Pokémon Go Facts for Parents

As seen in front of the cash register at the Granite State Lunchbox ...more