I’ve always been a safety first kind of person, for better or worse. I think it drove my husband nuts, that is until we had a kid. Now, hopefully, he appreciates that quality as he knows that Francis always comes first.
I worry about her safety constantly and I do everything in my power to keep her safe.
Or do I?
Recently I started researching schools. The plan is to have her in an early pre-school program by the time she turns two this fall.
What started as an innocent private school vs. public school research project, turned into something alarming. Admittedly, I fell down the Internet rabbit hole while reading the pros and cons of private schooling… but at any rate, I stumbled upon this HuffPo piece about children’s personal information being collected by the company that owns Match.com and OKCupid and Tinder.
While my daughter isn’t anywhere near the age of needing SAT prep yet, this still has me VERY concerned. It seems pretty problematic to me that an “educational” service can collect personal information from children prepping for SAT testing. How can we trust that the student data isn’t being transferred straight into another of the company’s websites which again are dating sites. As a parent, I don’t trust that my kid’s personal info would be safeguarded. My hell, I’m a marketer, I know what happens with personal data.
I do everything in my power to keep my daughter safe… to my knowledge that is. I cannot imagine how angry I would be if I were in the group of parents realizing that Match.com (legally?) owns personal information about my child.
This brings so many questions to mind…
How do I safeguard my daughter’s personal information?
Does this mean I have to research every single company I do business with on her behalf?
I suppose that’s the safest course of action, but seriously who has that kind of time? I’m busy watching EVERY SINGLE THING my toddler does in order to keep her safe. Shouldn’t it be up to companies to have at least a little decency and ethical behavior when it comes to children?!