Hamilton County dad creates online kid safety resource
By James Feichtner
There has always been a natural desire for parents to protect their children. The problem with our rapidly changing era is that it can be difficult to keep up with the shifting trends that kids can get involved in. A local Fishers father saw that while it is easy to identify a threat to your child if you’re aware of it, how would you identify it if you’re not sure what it could be?
“I’m thinking to myself, how in the heck do parents keep up with all this stuff?” Fishers resident and parent John Michels said. “My thought was that of course if you know what you’re looking for you can just Google it and find it on the Internet, but the problem is that if you know what you’re looking for it’s probably already too late.”
Michels’ own concern for not being able to find a one-stop-shop resource that educated parents on the changing, dangerous trends that kids could be exposed to led him to create his own solution; CarefulParents.com.
“What I was looking for is, first, is there is a place that parents can go and educate themselves on what their kids could potentially be into,” Michels said. “I had thought of this site that could be created that could go across different categories like drugs, texting, phone apps, video games, blogs, etc. where parents could go post content and then comment on postings; create a community of parents and be educating each other.”
The idea of CarefulParents.com is comparable to a hybrid of Pinterest and Wikipedia with the sole purpose of sharing and communicating on matters relating to childhood and teenage dangers.
“Right now parents can post on the site,” Michels said. “Once they become members they have the ability to submit what we call ‘alerts’ which are the different [links] that are on there. They can comment on the site just like any other news site.”
The program is free and allows parents to select on a category leading to several topics or alerts. For example, one category is titled “Saying.” Within the category lies several alerts regarding communication amongst kids, such as one titled, “28 acronyms every parent should know,” a keen resource for helping parents understand text message acronyms kids often use.
The site has only been live for about a month, but Michels is hoping that as awareness for the site grows, so will participation from parents.
For more info or to become a member, visit www.carefulparents.com.