Perez Halpern English January 2019

Socially Secure

SOCIAL MEDIA REMINDERS FOR PARENTS

2. Limit the nudity. Everyone loves a beach day, but think twice before posting swimsuit or skinny-dipping pictures. Opt to post safer photos, like the family posing prior to fun in the sun. 3. Check your settings. Your privacy settings may be exposing your family to more people than you know, and if you feel the need to share every minute of your child’s day online, making these settings airtight will protect your children and their reputations. 1. Tinybeans.com is a secure photo-sharing website for parents of babies and young children. The digital photo album app allows you to share photos with only the people you choose. 2. Create a separate, secure group on Facebook. Family, friends, or coworkers in closed groups can still fawn over their little ones in a personal, safe setting. Despite the dangers your digital life can elicit, you don’t have to avoid the digital world completely. Social media is still a great tool for families to stay connected, as long as you take precautions. Go ahead and brag about your kids online — just be safe and considerate of your child’s wishes. safely where they need to be. Evelyn makes sure our office is running smoothly so Andy can focus on managing the firm and Meliha can focus on the legal aspects for our clients. Evelyn’s experience in the medical field has been helpful because she does a lot of work communicating with medical providers. “I worked at a chiropractic office, so I was used dealing with insurance and calling doctors. That piece is very helpful,” she says. Evelyn’s favorite part of the job is the payoff after she’s requested medical documents for a client. “When I get them in, there’s a great satisfaction in knowing that I’m helping. Without records, you can’t move forward. My job is rewarding because it means we’re getting somewhere in a case,” Evelyn says. When she’s not requesting medical documents and supporting our team, you’ll find Evelyn hitting the books. “If I’m not here, I’m studying,” she says. She enjoys cooking and being outdoors in the summer. “I love hiking and nature. Sugarloaf Mountain is a very big hike, but it’s so rewarding with the views you get,” Evelyn says. Consider some of these safe alternatives to regular public posting:

Social media has been making the world smaller than ever. The distance among cross-country relatives and friends shrinks with each post or Skype call. And instant updates from loved ones are particularly valuable during the holidays. That Christmas morning video call means Grandma and Grandpa get to see their grandkids in their new holiday outfits, but so can online predators. According to digital and safety experts, half of the photos filtered onto the darknet are stolen from parents’ social media accounts. If these predators are privy to your photos, they’re also able to snag your location and other sensitive information, putting you and your children at physical risk as well. On a less disturbing note, social media content is permanent. Even after you delete a post or a photo, it leaves a digital footprint that could follow your child throughout their education and could even affect job interviews or future relationships. It’s still possible for you to foster a sense of privacy in the digital age, but it’s important to respect what your child deems private information. After all, it’s their future. Consider these rules before you share. 1. Ask your child’s permission. If they can speak, then they can speak for themselves. Children love to see photos of themselves, but they may also be aware of what they are and aren’t comfortable with, even at a young age. GET TO KNOW EVELYN! Evelyn is the newest addition to the Perez Halpern team, and she’s been an excellent team member from day one. Since starting with us last spring, Evelyn has jumped in to be there for Meliha, Andy, and our clients. As Meliha says, “It doesn’t seem like she only started in May, because she’s a really good fit. Every morning when I come in, she’s at her desk, happily working, and she has a huge smile on her face. You can see her compassion for our clients.” From the first time she met Meliha and Andy, Evelyn says she felt the same way about the team’s compatibility. “At my interview, there was just a connection between all three of us. They were both so welcoming. I never felt less than them, and that made it really easy for me.” They complement each others’ strengths and weaknesses — a key component in a good team. “Joining a team of two, I’m able to look at each situation from both sides and contribute my opinion. We have a whole circle of ideas.”

THE AWESOME ADDITION TO OUR TEAM

As the person overseeing initial client intake, Evelyn is a bit like the crossing guard of our firm: She helps people get quickly and

Look for this new smiling face at our office the next time you come in. We’re so glad to have her on our team!

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