Are your children addicted to Clash of Clans?

Have you heard ‘Clash of Clans’ mentioned a lot in your house? Have you seen your child playing it recently? What do you actually know about the game? ‘Tech Guide 4 Parents’ have produced a handy guide telling parents all that they need to know about the game. The App is great fun for kids, and has it’s fair share of benefits as gaming apps go. However, there are real dangers too. If your child is playing this app, they have the potential to enter into an online chat room with anyone in the world from 130 countries – this poses a real risk. In addition to this, there are in-app purchases of as much as £10 per go, which if not disabled by the parent, could soon land parents in a world of spiralling bills! Get clued up now, and make sure your child is safe.

http://www.techguide4parents.com/are-your-kids-addicted-to-clash-of-clans/

Mr. David – Computing Co-Ordinator

How much time do children spend online?

How much time do your children spend online? Well, according to the figures produced by CEOP, a staggering amount! A whopping 73% of children in the UK have been on the internet by the age of two. Moreover, a further 23% of UK children begin their online lives in utero, with parents uploading their scans online before the child is even born. With our internet exploration starting from an increasingly earlier age, it’s never been more imperative for parents to get clued up and work with their children weekly to ensure their online safety. Have a browse through the parent zone for useful tips, advice and activities to do with your kids.

http://parentinfo.org/article/how-much-time-do-children-spend-online

Josh David – Computing Co-Ordinator

Social Networking – Safety Controls

If your child uses YOUTUBE, Google, Club Penguin, Instagram, Moshi Monsters or Movie Star Planet, then you definitely need to read this article! Although these Apps, Games, video platforms and search engines may be great fun for your kids, they also pose a very real and dangerous threat to their safety too. All of the above sites come with a risk, whether it be an online chat room, webcam accessing or the viewing of inappropriate and potentially damaging material. Please do have a look at the ‘Safer Internet Centre’s’ guide to protect your children from these dangers. The guides are simple to follow and easy to use.

http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-and-resources/parents-and-carers/safety-tools-on-online-services/social-networks

Josh David – Computing Co-Ordinator

Time for a technology detox!

Welcome back for what I’m sure will be a very enjoyable and internet safe school year. Whether you have spent your summer on a beach, somewhere in the UK, or at home, I can almost be certain of one thing, and that is the amount of time you’ve spent on an electronic device. The huffington Post published an article in September of last year, with some shocking facts about our internet use, as a nation. After reading this, I think you’ll agree that it is certainly time for a technology detox, and instead of staring at our screens, let’s make the most of the dwindling sunshine we have left this ‘summer’.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/09/10/digital-detox-technology-addiction-facts_n_5795982.html

NSPCC Share Aware Guide

It can be very difficult to keep up to date with your children’s use of the internet. Thanks to the NSPCC, this handy guide for parents gives some great advice on how to keep your children safe on the internet.
Remember these key 3 points:
Talk to your child about internet safety regularly
Get the whole family involved in internet safety
Internet safety starts with you
Please click on the link below and download the ‘Share Aware Guide’ – It only takes 2 seconds!

Browsing the Internet – a Skewed Image for Parents

Recent studies suggest that as much as 35-40% of children and young people aged between 8 and 19 hide their browsing histories from their parents, to prevent them from seeing which websites they have visited. This is understandably worrying for parents. However, you wouldn’t have a clue this was going on, unless you did something to make your children safe online! You can now set up parental controls on the internet very easily, by following a couple of simple steps. Please click on the links below and protect your children online, by blocking harmful sites.
Josh David

Zip it, Block it, Flag it!

This is the simple message from the UK Council for Child Internet Safety. This government scheme is aimed at improving our children’s internet safety, by giving parents a simple code to follow. There is an abundance of links available on the website, which will take you to a plethora of useful resources. One simple click could make all the difference…
http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/click-clever-click-safe-help-your-child-enjoy-the-internet-safely
Josh David

It’s Time to Learn What Your Children Know!

Today’s parents are out of touch with technology. The vast majority of parents are unaware of exactly what, who and how their children play and socialise online, and are unaware of the capabilities of the different technological devices that their children have. We are in a worrying situation, where parents need to catch up FAST! “Never before have parents known so little about the mistakes their children are making on a daily basis, or been less educated about the perils and pitfalls they face, or less able to offer any wisdom or guidance.” It is of paramount importance that you educate yourself in what your child is doing online and get to grips with the technology that our children have become all too familiar with. Have a read of this interesting article published by the Telegraph…
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationadvice/10370012/Internet-safety-its-time-to-learn-what-your-children-know.html
I will leave you with this statistic:
‘By the time our children reach 80, they will have spent 25% of their lives in front of a screen for recreation purposes’.
Josh David

Will your government vote for a safer internet?

Digital Manifesto on Internet Safety
The children’s Charities’ Coalition on Internet safety (CHIS) have launched a digital manifesto on internet safety. They have sent their manifesto to all major political parties and have received a great deal of support and backing. This highlights the importance of internet safety; as it is being discussed at such a pivotal time in our countries political history. Take a closer look at the manifesto if it interests you…
http://www.youngminds.org.uk/news/blog/2697_childrens_charities_coalition_on_internet_safety_digital_manifesto
http://www.chis.org.uk/
Josh David

Education is the key to Internet Safety – NOT Prevention

Finding the balance between controlling your child’s online access and giving them the freedom they crave to enjoy the internet, can be tough. The fact is, that in the average household, children often know a great deal more about computers, devices and the internet than their parents. Therefore, although you might think a device is ‘safe’ or harmful things are ‘blocked’, your kids probably know a way to get around that. “The fact that children are fundamentally curious means they will find their way around conventional filters.” In light of this, the main thing any parent should be looking to do in order to maintain their children’s E-Safety is to educate them. To set up blocks and filters is important, but to sit down, talk and educate their children about what is out there and how to enjoy the internet, is what matters most. Have a read of this interesting article about how to find the balance between the two, and click on the website below ‘internet matters’ for some great resources.
Josh David and Kate Alexander