I’m a dad. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m an Internet & Child Safety Advocate.
Based upon a bad online shopping experience my brother Steve had on eBay, he founded an Internet trust and safety company called buySAFE in 2003. I joined the buySAFE team when the business launched and today I serve as the company’s Vice President of Business Development & Sales. My most important role however is as a dad to my three children.
As a father, nothing is more important to me than protecting my kids from harm, and teaching them to be smart and safe when a difficult situation arises. But when a child in our family was victimized by an Internet child predator, it was a wake up call. As parents we often don’t know enough about our kids’ “digital lives”. Predators can exploit this in the darkest possible ways. Like many of you, I’ve heard too many stories of the world’s most detestable people using technology to gain access to and to cause harm to children.
Today I work to educate parents on how they can keep their children safe in our digital world. Communication and education are powerful weapons to fight the war being waged against our kids. All of us want our children to be empowered to make the right choices at the right times, to know how to get out of a
situation that feels uncomfortable and to come to us with their concerns. This is a cause I’m passionate about. I hope this blog will help you open up or expand the dialogue you’re having with the children in your life.
I also think parents need better, easy to use technology tools that can help us know what our kids are being exposed to, who they are communicating with and who is trying to communicate with them. That is why my brother and I and a talented team of technologists and entrepreneurs are working to develop new and intelligent technology to help protect kids and empower parents. I believe it’s the most important thing that I’ve ever done. Children have the right to use and enjoy technology safely and parents have a right to peace of mind. Please take a moment to see what we are working on: http://www.kidsafe.me
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Inspired by his own child’s encounter with an online predator, Tim Woda is a passionate advocate for protecting children from today’s scariest digital dangers – predators, sexting and cyberbullying. Co-founder of KidSafe.me, developer of the world’s only Parental Intelligence System which helps parents keep their social and mobile kids safe, he raises awareness of these issues and shares his experience with parents through Internet & Mobile Safety Workshops hosted by schools, churches and other organizations.
Copyright © 2009 Tim Woda