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Staying Safe Online Over the Summer Holidays

As the summer holidays are about to get into full swing we thought it would be a good idea to take this opportunity to remind you of the Zeeko top tips for staying safe online. The summer is rightly, a time when routines are less strict, when children are involved in summer camps and an…

Instagram: What Parents Need to Know

Instagram, a video and photo sharing app is becoming increasingly popular among young and older teens. During our parents seminars which we deliver at primary schools throughout the country we are regularly asked questions about Instagram. Parents are most concerned about what their child is sharing via Instagram and who they are sharing that content…

Social Media and Peer Pressure: How You Can Help Your Child

It is sometimes interesting to reflect on how modern childhood will be viewed in 30 years. It certainly will be remembered as very different from the childhoods of decades ago. A virtually erasable digital footprint, spending increasing amounts of time online and dealing with a whole new form of peer pressure that relates to social…

Sexting: What Parents Need to Know

  Our blog this week focuses on something that parents of teenagers can rightly be very concerned about; sexting. Sexting is the sending or receiving of sexually explicit or sexually suggestive messages, images or videos. Sexting  usually happens in a very immediate way via text, email, video, or instant messaging. Teenagers usually engage in sexting…

How to Spot the Signs of Cyberbullying

  Cyberbullying and its continued rise is a growing concern to parents and teachers throughout the country. Ireland’s Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Dr Geoffrey Shannon has recently said that cyberbullying is ‘one of the biggest challenges facing Irish schools’ and has called for stronger legislation to protect children in relation to this specific type…

Parental guide for kids on Youtube

  When we visit schools throughout the country to talk about kids on Youtube and  staying safe online, we regularly hear from children, their parents and teachers that YouTube is increasingly popular. When we asked kids what their favourite games and apps and social media sites are, as part of our Zeeko All Ireland Digital Trend…

Snapchat Parents Guide

  Snapchat is becoming increasingly popular among preteens and children. It is particularly popular app among children in fourth class and upwards. Essentially children can use Snapchat to send pictures and/or videos to their friends, who are also using Snapchat. The photo or video disappears in a chosen time between 1 and 10 seconds. Many…

Your Child and the Use of iPads

  One of the most popular devices used in homes throughout Ireland is the iPad. It is certainly something that has made online connectivity a part of day to day life. Often children as young as 18 months can know how to swipe the screen to activate the iPad. Ipads are increasingly becoming a central…

The Bystander Effect and Staying Safe Online

    Have you ever seen an incident or accident when you’re out shopping and thought that somebody else would deal with it? Well, essentially this is the bystander effect. Everybody thinks someone else is going to act. Increasingly, the bystander effect is playing a large role in how children communicate when they are online.…

Creating a Healthy Online, Offline Balance

  One of the biggest challenges facing both adults and children alike is trying to create a balance between time spent online and time spent away from the Internet. This can be quite a challenge! From our work with children in primary schools throughout Ireland we hear from them that they are sometimes not even…

Top Tips for Keeping Your Family’s Digital Devices Safe

When we visit primary schools throughout Ireland to talk to children about staying safe online, we hear from them that they are using a range of devices to access the internet. Research from our recent Zeeko All Ireland Digital Trend Report found that 67% of third class pupils and 62% of fourth class pupils used…

Ensuring Your Child is Safe Online When they are not Under Your Supervision

One of the questions we are asked most regularly at our parent seminars relates to how parents can ensure that their child is safe online, when they are not at home or under parents supervision. This is definitely a challenge and is certainly a concern. The opportunities for children to access inappropriate content or potentially…

The Zeeko Glossary

We have talked about our Zeeko Glossary in our blog recently and have shared it on our social media platforms. It got such a great reaction we think it deserves a blog all of its own so here it is in full! #KidsSafeOnline Keep up to date with our work at Zeeko…

Talking to your Children about the Internet in a Language they Understand: The Zeeko Top Tips

For the last number of weeks we have been sharing the Zeeko Glossary on our social media channels. The Zeeko Glossary is a set of terms that offers parents a way of understanding the lingo that their children are using when they are communicating digitally. The terms are literally a whole new world! Parents and…

The Digital Journey - Why Communicating with your Child is Key

Parenting constantly presents challenges; parenting in an era where children have access to a wide range of digital devices is a new experience for many parents. We regularly receive feedback from parents who attend our seminars and internet safety crash courses, that they are genuinely overwhelmed by the amount of online games, apps and social…

How Having a Chatbudi can Help your Child Stay Safe Online

One of the most striking results from our recent Zeeko All Ireland Trend Report was the percentage of children who said that they had spoken to, or played against a stranger online: 54% of 6th class pupils, 46% of 5th class pupils and 42% of 4th class pupils have had contact with a stranger online. These…

Children and Social Networking

Growing up in a digital age poses many challenges; the pressure to communicate via social networks at an earlier and earlier age is certainly one of these. The research from our Zeeko All Ireland Digital Trend Report found that 24% of 5th class pupils and 43% of 6th class pupils are users of Instagram. Snapchat…

Screen Time and How to Manage It

Screen time, how much is too much and how to manage it, is a subject that is raised regularly by parents and teachers at our seminars in schools and our parent internet safety crash courses. With the growing number of screens that children now have access to, the time spent on screens can be a…

Online Gaming and Your Child

Online gaming has become somewhat of a phenomenon amongst younger generations, with children constantly discussing their gaming and individuals making careers out of blogging about gaming. Games’ market research agency Newzoo reported that gaming generated $81.5 billion in revenue globally in 2014, which is double the revenue of the international film industry. So what is…

Is there a Safe Communication App my child can use?

With so many digital devices available to children now, parents are often very concerned about what their children are able to do on such devices. Apps can offer a world of education and exploration to your child but the myriad of Apps currently available can also prove a minefield to navigate for children and their…

The Zeeko Top 5 Internet Safety Tips to Mark Safer Internet Day 2016

You may have noticed a lot more information across the media yesterday about internet safety. This is because the 9th February 2016 marks Safer Internet Day, internationally. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of internet safety. Through our work with children in primary schools, our parent seminars and our internet safety…

Explaining their Digital Footprint to your child

As a parent today it is likely that you made your first mark on the internet 15 years ago. When your name is typed into an online search, there is a good chance that a social media profile will pop up; your latest tweets, perhaps your Facebook profile picture and maybe your LinkedIn account. Imagine if your digital footprint had…

The Challenge of Excessive Internet Use

Excessive internet use can sound like an intimidating term when you first hear it. It can also seem as if it is a relatively new phenomenon, but excessive internet use is a topic that has been known to psychologists for over 20 years. As we regularly say at Zeeko, the internet is a fantastic resource…

Dealing with Inappropriate Content on the Internet

When we speak with parents at our talks to parents associations or at our parent crash courses, exposure to inappropriate content often features in the top three concerns regarding their children spending time online. Yet, when we visit schools, this is often the least explored topic, with many children unsure of what the problem with…

Every Primary School in Ireland will get a Digital Copy of the Zeeko Internet Safety Guide!

The first week in January 2016 was an exciting one for Zeeko, as we launched our crowdfunding campaign with a target of raising €5,000 to enable us to put a Digital copy of the Zeeko Internet Safety Guide, into every primary school in Ireland. We are absolutely delighted that we reached our target, within three…

Dr Grainne Kirwan - Cyber Psychologist Specialist - On Internet Safety

Online interactions today may sometimes seem to be a minefield, especially for young people and their parents who are concerned about Internet safety. The temptation might be to prevent children from accessing online technologies entirely, in what may be a well-intentioned but misguided attempt to protect them from the various dangers online. Nevertheless, without the…

Online Stranger Danger

Safety rules are second nature to children; belt up in the car, look left and right crossing the road and do not talk to strangers. So why in an age where our children are so aware of the dangers of speaking to strangers in the real world, are so many comfortable with interacting and engaging…

Buying Technology for Kids at Christmas

It’s the time of year when there is only one thing on the top of most children’s Christmas list and that is technology! Here is some advice from Zeeko on what to bear in mind if you are going to purchase a piece of technology for your child this Christmas. Make sure that the technology…

Age Appropriate Games

One of the issues we come across regularly at both our Academy’s with primary school children and our seminars with parents is the area of age appropriate ratings on games. As it draws closer to Christmas and children are asking for specific presents and parents are busy buying them, we thought it would be a…

The Zeeko Crowdfunding Campaign – 4th January 2016

January 4th 2016 is a significant date for us here at Zeeko. That is the date that our crowdfunding campaign goes live! So why are we launching such a campaign and how will it work? A large focus of our work at Zeeko is providing internet safety seminars for children, parents and teachers in primary…