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The Kik App: What Parents Need to Know

  Sharing videos, images and messages via apps is fast becoming a new communication phenomenon among Irish children and teenagers. Kik is a new messaging app which allows users to chat and also share videos, images and content from the web in the form of a text message that does not have a limit on…

Top Tips for Being a Great Digital Parent

  The term digital parenting is relatively new but one that is becoming more and more common. The increased use of digital devices and access to the internet has certainly added a new dimension to parenting. From listening to what parents are saying to us during our parent seminars the prospect of digital parenting can…

The Lego Life App: What Parents Need to Know

  Lego, it’s central to most childhoods and has certainly stood the test of time. Now Lego has embraced social networking, with the launch of the Lego Life app. The app has been developed for Android and iOS, to offer children the chance to freely express themselves and share ideas in a friendly environment, but…

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…

Safer Internet Day 2017- Be the Change: Unite for a Safer Internet

    Safer Internet Day is an annual event to promote responsible use of the internet and encourage all citizens to be conscious of how they use the internet. This year Safer Internet Day takes place on 7th February and will be an opportunity to remind children throughout Ireland about the fantastic opportunities that the…

Social Media: How to Keep Your Child Safe

  Social media, it seems to be everywhere! Be it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat there is always some new development or controversy making headlines about a social networking site or app. Through our work at Zeeko we often hear from parents who are overwhelmed by the amount of apps, games and social networking sites…

Children and Smartphones: Keeping Kids Safe

  One of the most common questions asked by parents at our parent seminars in schools throughout the country relates to what age is the right age to allow a child to have a smartphone? Smartphones can open up a whole new world to your child in very positive ways such as teaching them about…

Children and Technology: Setting Boundaries

  From our most recent research for our All Ireland Digital Trend Report, we discovered that children as young as 5 spend some time online every day. This means that technology is a central part of childhood, at an increasingly young age. How to manage the time children spend online can be a constant challenge…

Cyberbullying: It's Everyone's Concern

  At the recent release of their Annual Report, the ISPCC indicated that from the work they are engaged in every day, cyber safety is the biggest safety concern of our time. At Zeeko when working with primary and secondary schools throughout the country, we promote the message of the internet being a fantastic resource…

Staying Safe Online Over The Christmas Holidays

  As the Christmas holidays start in earnest this week, it is a good time to remind your children whether they are young or a little older about the importance of staying safe online over the next few weeks. It is highly likely that Santa is going to deliver smartphones and/or digital devices in all…

Yellow App: What Parents Need to Know

  Yellow, to most people it denotes a colour but it is also an app, an app that there is much talk about and one that parents certainly need to be aware of. The Children’s Rights Alliance and the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection in Ireland made a statement recently on the Yellow App and…

The Language your Child is Speaking Online: What you Need to Know

Language is the key to communication from the earliest stages of childhood, however there is now a brand new language being spoken online by kids and teens and the vast majority of adults know very little about it. At the parent seminars we deliver to parents associations throughout the country, we regularly hear that parents…

Screentime: How Best to Manage it

  When we visit schools throughout Ireland and during our parents digital crash courses one question that comes up consistently is in relation to screentime, how best to manage it and how to encourage a healthy online offline balance for children. The reality is that in this digital age screens are everywhere. Children could potentially…

Musical.ly App: What Parents Need to Know

  The Musical.ly app reached number 1 in the app charts a few weeks ago. So why is it so popular and what do you need to be aware of to ensure that your child stays safe, when they are using it? Musical.ly is essentially a way of sharing music videos with friends. While this…

Dangerous Apps: What Parents need to Know

  Today’s parents are well aware of the dangers lurking on popular social media sites. We often read or hear horror stories about cyberbullies, online predators, and identity thieves. In response to these threats, many of us have followed our kids’ lead and joined the major sites and apps, like Facebook or Twitter, to keep…

The Positive Effects of Social Media on Kids and Teens

  It was a challenge coming up with a title for this blog, as it seems strange to be highlighting the positive effects of using social media, but there are some! As we regularly say at Zeeko the Internet is a fantastic resource, but it is something that has to be navigated. Our children and…

Live Streaming Apps - What Parents Need to Know

  Live streaming apps like Facebook Live and Periscope are becoming increasingly popular among teenagers. Apps like these offer an opportunity to immediately share what is happening in a teenager’s life via video with friends. Live streaming apps are bringing communication to a whole new level, but what do parents need to be aware of…

A Digital Detox - Has Your Family Tried It?

One of the questions we get asked most by parents when we speak with them at seminars in their schools or at our Parents Crash Courses focuses on ‘ how much time is too much time online and how to manage this?’ At a time when there are so many digital devices available and children…

Selfies: How to Ensure that Your Child Stays Safe

  The selfie, it’s certainly a new concept and was named word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary in 2015. Taking a photo of yourself and then sharing it via a social media network or via your smartphone with friends, is certainly something that parents can be unfamiliar with, but their children certainly aren’t.…

Google Allo App: What Parents Need to Know

  One of the most common concerns parents raise with us during our seminars at schools throughout the country is worry about what kind of apps and online games their children are accessing. With a growing number of messaging apps available parents can feel overwhelmed and it can undoubtedly be a challenge to keep up…

Snapchat Spectacles: What Parents Need to Know

Snapchat has just announced the release of it’s newest product, later in the Autumn- a pair of glasses that enables users to film videos and then upload them to the Snapchat app. Between 2009 and 2013 the amount of people who had uploaded a video to the internet had more than doubled, according to a…

Children and the use of Smartphones

  Not so long ago the only way that the internet could be accessed was on a personal computer or laptop but today people can use a wide range of devices to access the internet, from iPads and tablets to smartphones. When we talk to children about staying safe online, we hear from them that…

Digital Footprint: How to Explain it to your Child

Few children understand the concept of digital footprint. So what is it and how can we help children to better understand it? Digital footprint, is a phrase that is often little understood but is so important. In our most recent research at Zeeko via our digital trend report which we carried out with schools throughout…

Instagram Stories: What Parents Need to Know

Instagram Stories, offers users a new experience but what do parents need to know to help to ensure that your child stays safe if they use Instagram Stories? Earlier this summer the photo and video sharing app Instagram launched a new feature Instagram Stories. With a staggering 300 million daily users Instagram is popular to…

FIFA: Why it's so Appealing to Children

In statistics released on gaming in 2014 FIFA was placed 9th in the top 10 games being played worldwide. What should you be aware of if your child plays FIFA. FIFA is particularly appealing to children as it is very interactive and the simulation on it is so lifelike that a child can genuinely feel that…

Back to School - How to Stay Safe Online

Now that the summer holidays are over it is an important time to consider talking to your child about staying safe online. Over the summer months it is very usual that routines you have in place have become less strict and that your child may have spent increased time playing online and/ or using screens.…

How Using Safety Settings can Help Keep Your Child Safe Online

    One concern we regularly hear about from parents relates to their children accessing inappropriate content when they are online. Parents are often worried that their child may purposely or indeed inadvertently access information and/or images that are not age appropriate and in some cases may even be pornographic. Using…

Managing Screentime Over the Summer

Screentime, it can be a challenging topic to deal with as it is the one area that affects both parents and children when it comes to staying safe online and creating a healthy online, offline balance. Even as adults it can be difficult to manage our screentime and to set a limit on it as…

Pokémon Go App: What Parents Need to Know

It’s the biggest gaming craze to hit the world in many years, it’s all over the internet and it has widespread appeal, it’s Pokémon Go. This online game has already become more popular than Twitter and Instagram. While it’s not yet available in Ireland, there appear to ways around that. Given…

Online Gaming: What Parents Need to Know

  The summer holidays are usually a time when routines are less strict and when families have more time to spend together. That’s the theory, but in practice it is also a time when tensions can arise because children want to spend what free time they have playing game consoles or gaming using their smartphones.…