It has been brought to my attention that many parents and children are concerned about a series of Apps where children interact with an online sprite (computer graphic). One of these Apps is ‘Talking Angela’. Sound familiar? There has been a lot of hype in the media recently about these Apps, which appear at face value child friendly, but are not always what they seem. Whilst not as sinister as some would have you believe, like all technologies, it does pose it’s risks. The App itself requires children to interact with and look after their sprite which is seemingly harmless – although not all things in the App are child appropriate at all. With all technologies, the best way to decide if you want your children playing the app is to play it yourself! Download it and have a go, if you’re not satisfied, you know what to do! Have a read of the below article and make sure your children are internet safe!
Josh David – Computing co-ordinator