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Is Kidtogeny Trustworthy?

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That’s an important and good question.  The answer is, Yes.  To see how we keep Kidtogeny trustworthy, keep reading.

We prevent eavesdropping

Messages between us and you are protected with a method called https.  Sites that use this secure method have an https (not http) at the beginning of their web address.  A green padlock icon by the address box is a sign of this method. Look at the address bar in your browser, and you should see something like the following examples.

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Image of Firefox address bar for https site

That green padlock is important.  Watch for it.

Your information is protected

We take other security steps.  We host Kidtogeny on Google cloud servers located in the European Union. EU-based servers must meet strict data protection rules.  Also, Google operates on its own global network rather than on the public internet for transmission of information between data centers. This means your information is more secure when it travels across the internet.

Bad guys are tireless, so staying safe is an ongoing task.  Our site is regularly scanned for security problems by Gravityscan. They look for signs of problems and other bad-guy attacks.  The Gravityscan trust badge is at the bottom of every Kidtogeny web page. Check the date on the badge.  It tells you when the Kidtogeny website was last scanned and found to be safe.

You can trust me

I’m Warren Eaton, and Kidtogeny is my baby.  I may make a mistake, but I won’t intentionally mislead you.  If I can be trusted, Kidtogeny can be trusted.

For more about me, start here and check my academic resume.  I’ve worked as a developmental psychologist with the Department of Psychology at the University of Manitoba for over 40 years.  To check on my existence, call them at (204) 474-9338.  I’m who I say I am.  You’ll get accurate and useful developmental information from me and Kidtogeny.

Questions or comments?  Send me a message.

Warren

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What is an infant milestone?

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Infant milestones origin story

The term milestone owes its name to early stone markers along a road.  They told a traveller how far it was to the next town.  Called mileposts or milestones, they displayed the distance in miles.  These early highway signs are a nice metaphor for child development.   The ideas of location and distance can apply both to roads and to development.   For development, the location is not a town but the event of birth, and distance is not measured in miles, but in time — weeks, months, or years of age.  An infant milestone marks the distance is the time between birth and some other event.

Firsts are important

Developmentally, milestone implies travel is in one direction and away from birth.  This is how chronological age is understood.  There is no going back — except in time-travel movies and books.  Milestone has a narrower meaning than chronological age.  A milestone generally refers to the first time that a new developmental feature appears. For example, taking one’s first steps is reached the walking milestone.  You may walk unassisted many times thereafter.  The milestone is that first occurrence.

Milestones can be easily missed

There are many firsts for a child, but only some get referred to as milestones.  Why?  Partly it is a matter of how noticeable an achievement is. Rolling over is hard to miss, so it appears on nearly every list of milestones.  On the other hand, rocking back and forth on hands and knees is rarely noted because it is more subtle.  A knowledgeable observer will notice more milestones than an untrained observer will.  The more you know about infant milestones, the more you’ll notice about your baby’s development.

Very common, not universal

The term milestones used to be reserved for events that were deemed ‘universal’ and experienced by everyone.  In truth, most developmental events are not experienced by absolutely everyone. For example, the most babies use hands-and-knees crawling, but not all do.  Milestones are better considered as those developmental events that are very common, not necessarily universal. Crawling certainly counts as a milestone if we use this less rigid criterion.

The bigger story

Lastly, a milestone is usually judged to be developmentally important.  Walking, for example, is highly important because it dramatically increases one’s mobility.  Other milestones don’t have such obvious importance.  Even so, they matter.  Rocking back and forth on hands and knees is subtle.  It’s important because a milestone is a building block for a later achievement, learning to crawl.  In turn, learning to crawl helps develop balance, which helps for walking.

Summary

Infant milestones are near-universal age-related events whose first appearance signals noteworthy change or growth in a baby’s life.

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