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’

School ransomware: A threat to be aware of

It can often feel like every day brings news stories about ransomware attacks on businesses, particularly at hospitals and schools. While the life-or-death nature of hospital data might force some healthcare organizations to accede to criminals’ demands in hopes of restoring access to that data as quickly as possible, some schools are also falling prey to these demands. Paying criminals … More School ransomware: A threat to be aware of

Do your kids know good password hygiene? Here are some rules

Even though the Irish tend to use safer passwords than the global average, here are some safety tips just in case. Growing up before the age of the internet and social networks has left many older users unprepared for risks looming in the virtual world. From that perspective, today’s kids are lucky, as the best … More Do your kids know good password hygiene? Here are some rules

Finland – hope in the fight against cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is an issue causing havoc across the world, placing thousands of children and teenagers who have to contend with it in situations where they are the victims of threats and aggression. “THE FOCUS OF PREVENTION AND MITIGATION OF BULLYING WITHIN AND OUTSIDE THE DIGITAL SPHERE IS APPLIED FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL” Some countries have taken matters … More Finland – hope in the fight against cyberbullying

Do you know if your child is being cyberbullied? ESET points out some red flags

While most children will soon enjoy the summer holidays, some of them, will enjoy being away from school for altogether less pleasant reasons – to get away from­ bullies, who bother them offline or online over social networks. Unfortunately, not every parent can distinguish common teenage difficulties from the red flags raised by insidious peers. … More Do you know if your child is being cyberbullied? ESET points out some red flags