Cyber Safe and Cyber Savvy Children

Every day the exposure to Technology grows. Young people appear to believe the online world is their personal playground- with no need for parental attention and guidance.

Are our children safe at home behind closed doors? As soon as we give them access to the computer we are opening the door to 2,405,518,316 Internet users.

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The Missing Keyboard

By | June 17th, 2014|Cyber Safe and Cyber Savvy Children, General, Technology in Education, Touch Typing Research and Development|0 Comments

Voice to Text - Who is really listening? I am often asked about the future of the keyboard especially as voice to text is becoming more prevalent. I saw this article today that understands the movement from voice to text and raises a few valuable questions about our privacy. Who is really listening to what we talk about? "The Missing Keyboard, the Big Blab, and the Danger of the Wearable Device" by Rebecca Abrahams. Read more...

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Facebook and Friendship

By | September 3rd, 2013|Cyber Safe and Cyber Savvy Children, Social Media, Technology in Education|0 Comments

Are Facebook friends true friends? It depends on what you mean by "friend". Published on November 10, 2010 by Michael W. Austin in Ethics for Everyone Have you heard of National UnFriend Day? To learn more about this, you can check out the announcement by Jimmy Kimmel and William Shatner here. I especially appreciate the line, "Remember five years ago when no one was on Facebook and you didn't know what the guy you took high school biology with was having for lunch? Remember how that was...fine?"Kimmel also states at the beginning of the video that there is something sacred about friendship. In one sense, he's right about this, but in another sense, he's not. To see why, we'll need to turn to Aristotle's account of friendship. It is important to recognize that he uses the term "friendship" in a broad sense, as will become clear.Aristotle claims that there are three types of [...]

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Internet Safety Quiz for Children – Do you know how to stay safe?

By | June 7th, 2013|Cyber Safe and Cyber Savvy Children|0 Comments

Think you're a bit of a quiz whizz? Then test your knowledge with these tough questions - will you score top marks or be left at the bottom of the class? Click here to take the test.

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Caught in the Web

By | June 6th, 2013|Cyber Safe and Cyber Savvy Children|0 Comments

Caught in the Web is a BBC Newsround program all about staying safe on the internet. The show, which is voiced by David Tennant, tells the story of a girl called Lonely Princess, who gets into danger after meeting someone in a chat room. It also has lots of tips on how to be safe, and case studies of children with real-life experiences of how things can go wrong. This is worth watching with your children. Click here to watch the video. 

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Snapchat – Guide for Parents

By | June 5th, 2013|Cyber Safe and Cyber Savvy Children, Social Media|0 Comments

Parents of tweens and teens, are you spending your time worrying about what your kids post on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter? Well, there's a new app in town that's giving parents a whole new batch of things to fret over. The app is called Snapchat, and it promises users the chance to send messages that "disappear in seconds." But do these fleeting message pressure teens to send "chats" that they wouldn't send otherwise? Can these messages ever be seen again.....the answer is YES. We need to teach our children to Think before they Click. Once it is posted online it is Public & Permanent, even if they delete it after seconds..... Take a look: Snapchat - Parents Guide Touch Typing 4 Life

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Instagram – Is it Okay for kids? What Parents need to know.

By | June 3rd, 2013|Cyber Safe and Cyber Savvy Children, Social Media, Technology in Education|0 Comments

In many ways, and without reinventing the wheel, Instagram is changing the way people share photos with each other. The mobile app, which is only available on the iPhone, is steadily growing in popularity among the kid and teen crowds, causing parents to take notice and ask, what exactly is Instagram, and is there anything I should be worried about? Just like with any social sharing application, there are a few things parents need to know about Instagram and how their child  may be using it. What Is Instagram? The user then has the option to simultaneously upload this photo to a number of social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Foursquare, depending on which ones they sync to their Instagram account. The photo will also be uploaded to the Instagram community where people can like and comment on it.Instagram is a photo sharing mobile app that’s (currently) only available [...]

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How can we keep our children safe when using the Internet?

By | May 16th, 2013|Cyber Safe and Cyber Savvy Children|0 Comments

Every day the exposure to Technology grows.  Young people appear to believe the online world is their personal playground- with no need for parental attention and guidance. Are our children safe at home behind closed doors? As soon as we give them access to the computer we are opening the door to 2,405,518,316 Internet users.  

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Did you know your child can connect with over 2 Billion Internet users

By | May 3rd, 2013|Cyber Safe and Cyber Savvy Children|0 Comments

Are you keeping your children safe? Online Safety - Recommendations from The Government of Canada Read more

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My Choice

By | April 22nd, 2013|Cyber Safe and Cyber Savvy Children|0 Comments

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytcAf2-yIFc&feature=share&list=EC33787679D65044E4 My Choice explores some of the issues that young people may face at home that could contribute to them running away. It aims to help young people identify some of the abusive situations that they, or their friends, may have to deal with and why these may cause a young person to leave home. The film also considers some of the risks associated with running away. The key message of the film is that young people always have a choice and that there are people there to help, no matter what situation they are in. It signposts to organisations where young people can find help, support and advice services at national and local levels.