The pitfalls of being an influencer: What parents should know and do

Does your child dream of becoming a YouTube or Instagram celebrity? The influencer lifestyle is not as picture-perfect as it may seem. The rise of the internet has led to the rise of the social media influencer, altering the aspirations of children around the world. A recent survey of 2,000 parents of 11 to 16-year-olds shows that … More The pitfalls of being an influencer: What parents should know and do

Cyberbullying: How is it different from face‑to‑face bullying?

The digital age has added a whole new dimension to hurtful behavior, and we look at some of the key features that set in-person and online bullying apart. Bullying is an ever-present global problem: it happens in schools, offices and even in homes. The issue has been tackled by law enforcement, school officials, governments, and various … More Cyberbullying: How is it different from face‑to‑face bullying?

Digital addiction: How to get your children off their screens

What are some of the common signs that your children may be screen addicts and what can you do to limit their screen time? Children, just like adults, tend to spend a little too much time on their phones. Who can blame them? We, grown-ups, often do that ourselves, after all. However, sometimes ‘a little … More Digital addiction: How to get your children off their screens

More curious, less cautious: Protecting kids online

How we can help protect a generation for which digital is the way of the world? They’ll know how to play online games, get updates on their favorite celebrities, find the latest music hits, chat with their equally tech-savvy peers, or ask the Internet for answers to their questions that they might be too embarrassed … More More curious, less cautious: Protecting kids online

Controlling children’s use of technology: a preventive measure or an invasion of privacy?

How to use parental control apps to protect children and the fine line that exists between controlling the use of technology and invasion of privacy In the “Arkangel” episode of the popular series Black Mirror, an overprotective mother decides to implant a chip in her daughter’s brain so she can use her tablet and an app … More Controlling children’s use of technology: a preventive measure or an invasion of privacy?

Over 3,300 Android apps may be violating kids’ privacy, study says

Researchers find that a great portion of popular children’s apps may run afoul of US privacy legislation by improperly collecting data – albeit often probably unintentionally. A response from Google to the unflattering findings wasn’t long in coming. More than 3,300 children-oriented Android apps on Google Play are possibly gathering kids’ data in an improper … More Over 3,300 Android apps may be violating kids’ privacy, study says

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