The Hello Mamas Online Safety Guide
For most Moms, being able to meet Moms online is a godsend. It’s totally normal these days to connect with people on websites before meeting in person – just look at the popularity of online dating sites – and especially helpful for anyone with a busy schedule. That said, the internet is full of all kinds of people, most great, some not so great. Protect yourself and your family by making smart decisions about who you communicate with, who and where you meet, and what you share about yourself. We work behind the scenes every day to keep Hello Mamas safe by reviewing profiles and monitoring user activity, but you should always be careful when you meet Moms or schedule playdates for your kids using our website. Here are tips to help you stay safe and have fun while making Mom friends using Hello Mamas:
Connect Here First
Hello Mamas has messaging built into the site so you can connect with other Moms without having to use your personal email address. That way you don't have to share any personal information with another Mom until you're comfortable doing so. If a user you don't know very well ever asks you for your personal information, contact us with the details.
Keep It Incognito
Never, ever post your address, phone number, or other identifying or personal contact information on your Hello Mamas profile. We keep our users' profiles relatively bare because we're committed to keeping your information secure – you can help us do that by thinking carefully about what you share in your description.
People can write anything in an online profile. We like to think that Moms are more honest than most, but you never know. If your gut is telling you that another user's Hello Mamas profile doesn’t seem truthful, trust your instincts. Our goal is to make the site a place where Moms can feel secure.
Make Meetings Public
Whenever you meet up with another Mom for the first time, choose a public place for your get together. Meeting in a public place like a coffee shop or the playground isn't just safer; it's also a way to take the pressure off. No one has to clean up or worry about pets. Once you have met another Mom in public and feel like you can trust her, then it's time to invite her over.
Protect Your Password
All Hello Mamas user accounts are password protected. It's up to each user to pick a strong password and to keep that password a secret. If you ever feel like your password has been compromised or you think that someone else has logged into your account, change your password immediately by visiting your Edit Profile page. You can also report unexpected activity on your account by contacting us with the details.
Help Us Keep the Site Safe
We want to keep fakes, scammers, and predators OFF the site as much as you do. If you know for sure that another user is abusing Hello Mamas, lying about who they really are, or are behaving inappropriately, contact us with the details. We'll review the user's profile and activities on the site and take the appropriate action.
Remember, there are dishonest people online and off, so it pays to protect yourself and your family whenever you meet Moms for the first time. At Hello Mamas we are committed to helping you do just that – when an unsafe or inappropriate user is reported to us we remove them immediately – but ultimately your safety is your responsibility. Make smart decisions, don’t take risks, trust your intuition, and you’ll have a great time meeting Moms on Hello Mamas.