Can you spot a hoax in the flood of news? Can your children?

Gone are the days of chain letters! Back then, all victims of fabricated falsehoods had to lose was time and possibly a few bucks for stamps. Compared to these old-school hoaxes, there’s much more at stake with their modern cousins – often designed well enough to manipulate their audience into doing something without even realizing it. … More Can you spot a hoax in the flood of news? Can your children?

Are selfies dangerous? Teach your kids about this

Think that selfies are something new? Think again. Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt and Vincent van Gogh are just some of the renowned painters who ’took’ their self-portraits hundreds of years ago. They didn’t even need the technology of smart devices and social networks. But there was one other difference, which is more important today than … More Are selfies dangerous? Teach your kids about this

Worried about your kids’ webcam use? You have every right to be

Laptops, smartphones and tablets – you can hardly find a connected device without a camera these days. Thanks to technological advances, it now doesn’t matter if your friend lives down the street or on the other side of the world, a webcam lets you have an (almost) face-to-face chat anytime. Video calls, selfies, vlogging, and … More Worried about your kids’ webcam use? You have every right to be

Northern Irish police release kids’ texting codes to worried parents

A few days ago the PSNI released a list of “secret texting codes your kids could be using”: Many parents appear worried about not understanding their kids’ “secret language” and fear inappropriate or illegal activities may be concealed behind seemingly innocent abbreviations. Although texting abbreviations have been around ever since texting and messaging itself, the … More Northern Irish police release kids’ texting codes to worried parents

Children in a digital world ‘need lessons in online safety’

The Children’s Commissioner for England has called for more to be done to help educate children in online safety in a new study titled Growing Up Digital. Anne Longfield said that it is “wholly irresponsible” for youngsters to spend time in a digital world, without appropriate education. The year-long study found that across a number … More Children in a digital world ‘need lessons in online safety’