How to spot if your child is a victim of cyberbullying

What are some of the most common warning signs that your child is experiencing online harassment? Cyberbullying is by no means a new phenomenon; in fact, the term was added to the Oxford Dictionary back in 2011. However, as technology permeates almost every facet of our lives, the threat of online harassment is becoming more and more … More How to spot if your child is a victim of cyberbullying

Smartwatch exposes locations and other data on thousands of children

A device that is supposed to help parents keep track of their children and give them a peace of mind can be turned into a surveillance device. Researchers at the AV-Test Institute have uncovered gaping privacy and security holes in the SMA-WATCH-M2 smartwatch that is designed to keep children safe and their parents feeling secure about their … More Smartwatch exposes locations and other data on thousands of children

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