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Managing Time Spent Online Over the Summer

  The summer holidays are just around the corner for children in primary school and are already in full swing for those at second level. The summer is traditionally a time when the strict routines in place during the academic year are relaxed. It is a time for families to spend some quality time together, […]

YouTube: Keeping Kids Safe

YouTube, for many people it can be a means of self-expression, a way of documenting particular elements of their life. However an increasing number of children are using YouTube to upload videos and then share this content with friends. Parents can understandably be concerned about what their children are uploading and sharing, particularly as YouTube […]

Childhood Obesity and Technology: What Parents Can Do

The World Health Organisation has warned that the increased use of technology by children is leading to increased rates of obesity. The Report: Adolescent Obesity and Related Behaviours, looked at the prevalence of obesity among adolescents between the years 2002 and 2014. Almost two thirds of children were found to be spending more than 2 […]

Smartphones: Keeping your Child Safe

There has been lots of coverage recently about the proposed legislation by Fine Gael TD Jim Daly, that would see parents fined for not effectively controlling their children’s use of smartphones and could potentially see retailers fined for selling smartphones to children under the age of 14. It is yet to be seen whether this […]

Helping your Child Deal with Peer Pressure in the Digital World

Peer pressure has always been a part of childhood and has always been a challenge for parents to deal with. However, now that there is a digital aspect to the way children of all ages communicate, peer pressure has a whole new dimension. Parents can understandably feel very concerned about the pressure that their child […]

Empowering your Child to Stay Safe Online

In an interview earlier this year our Founder Joe Kenny indicated that internet safety needs to be seen as something as important as learning to safely cross the road. With the increasing use of digital devices and wifi being available more widely in public places, children of all ages have access to a digital world […]

WhatsApp: What Parents Need to Know

WhatsApp has revolutionised online messaging, little doubt of that. The app, which allows users to make calls, send messages, videos and photos has approximately 630 million users every day. WhatsApp is particularly appealing to teens as all you need to use the app is a smartphone that is wifi enabled. In the US 27% of […]

Sharing Passwords: What your Child Needs to Know

It is human nature to presume that when something is password protected that it is secure and safe. We regularly remind parents and the children we talk to that safety settings in general, are a step in the right direction but they are not a 100% guarantee of safety. One new trend we are noticing […]

Why It’s Never Too Early to Learn About Staying Safe Online

  Technology and digital devices are now part of the vast majority of Irish homes and children at a younger and younger age are exposed to technology in all its forms. In the research for our most recent All Ireland Digital Trend Report we discovered that children as young as five had access to a […]

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