Parent Advice Hub

Learn how to help young people to safely benefit from the Internet and technology

Zeeko Digital Parenting Tips!

The challenges of parenting may feel never ending and there is now a new element to parenting and it’s digital! Everything from encouraging your kids to have a balance in their use of technology to helping them to be aware of the issues that they may face when they are online is an additional aspect

Is there a Right Age for a Child to have a Smartphone?

Has your child asked you when they can have their own smartphone? Well, you’re not alone! It’s one of the most common questions we get asked by parents. What age is the right age for a child to have a smartphone? Smartphones can undoubtedly open a whole new world to your child in very positive

Magical Leaders - A teaching resource for learning and applying 21st century skills.

Magical Leaders – A teaching resource for learning and applying 21st century skills.The world is changing more rapidly than we could ever imagine. It was not that many years ago that portable mobile phones, AI, and voice-controlled technology were nothing more than tropes in science fiction movies. Now they are part of our every day

Listening: An Important Tool in Keeping Kids Safe Online!

  It’s really so important not to underestimate the power of listening when it comes to getting a handle on what your children are doing when they spend time online. Listening to their experiences the good and the not so good will be a great help to you in helping them to stay safe online.

The Zeeko T-Shirt Rule on Sharing Content!

Although it’s far from the time of year for wearing t-shirts, it’s time to talk about the Zeeko t-shirt rule for posting content online!  When we visit schools all over Ireland, virtually or when schools reopen in person, to talk to kids about staying safe online, one of the topics that gets the biggest reaction

Safer Internet Day 2021: Together for a Better Internet!

Today, February 9th, 2021 marks what is now the annual Safer Internet Day. It is a European wide event that highlights the importance of staying safe online and creating an online community where people work collaboratively to build a safer online world. The theme for the Day is Together for a Better Internet. Through our

Why Developing Digital Skills is so Important for Kids

There is no doubt that the periods of lock downs throughout 2020 and the one we are currently in have highlighted the importance of connection within families and communities. Technology, in many different forms has played a big part in establishing and maintaining that contact. It’s going to be increasingly important that kids are what

Helping Kids Stay Safe Online this New Year!

It may not be the year for the usual New Year resolutions but one that you might like to try is promoting staying safe online with your kids.  Here are some easy-to-follow tips for helping to make staying safe online a year-round resolution! Start and keep the conversation going: Talk to your child as much

Make Sure to Take a Break from Tech this Christmas!

In a year when technology has played a larger part in all our lives than we could ever have predicted our final blog of 2020 offers advice on spending some time unplugged from digital devices over the Christmas holidays. The festive season can be a demanding time and one where families can be literally snowed

Helping Kids Strike a Balance when it comes to Tech

Teaching kids the importance of creating a balance when it comes to their use of digital devices cannot be underestimated. It can be particularly challenging to promote a balance in the use of tech in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Read on for some advice on helping kids strike a healthy balance. Making sure

Put Online Safety First if you're Buying Tech for Kids!

With many online retailers offering discounts on technology at the moment our blog this week offers some tips on putting online safety top of your list. Digital devices can be a great gift but it’s important to always be conscious of the age appropriateness of such a device and also the messages you need to

Digital Assistants: Keeping Kids Safe

Are you being pestered to add a digital member to your household? Our blog this week looks at the role of digital assistants and how best to keep your child safe when it comes to using them. Digital assistants are a growing part of everyday life. These are better known by their titles, the most

Helping Kids Manage Their Screentime!

Managing screentime can be a real challenge, particularly at a time when we are being asked to spend more time at home. Our blog this week offers some tips on helping kids to create a balance when it comes to screens. The reality is that in this digital age screens are everywhere. Children could potentially

Teaching Kids to Identify Fake News!

As we all adjust to living with Covid-19 we are being encouraged to only engage with legitimate news sources. This is an ideal opportunity to teach your child about the importance of identifying fake news.   Developing the ability to decipher what is real from what is fake when it comes to online content is certainly

The Importance of Digital Health for Kids

The current pandemic has led to significant changes in the way we live and has also led to a focus on the importance of promoting health and wellbeing. A key element of this is undoubtedly digital health. Digital health focuses on creating a healthy balance in our use of technology. Obviously, being conscious of digital

Making a Digital Contract part of the New Routine

  As we all settle in to a very different academic year it may be an appropriate time of the year to consider creating a digital contract with your kids. It will help everyone to consider their use of tech, which is something which can get overlooked at such a hectic time of year. Read

Starting the Conversation about Staying Safe Online!

  There have been lots of changes in the lives of children and teenagers over the last number of months. Like all of us they have had to adjust to a new normal and now face into a very different new school term. There may be a lot of uncertainty around, but one thing does

Helping your Child to Stay Safe Online this Summer!

After a challenging number of months for everyone in Ireland, let’s hope long sunny days lie ahead and along with the sun another thing that can be guaranteed during the summer months, is that your child will want to spend some of their time using technology. So, here are some tips for what you can

Ways to Stay Connected to What your Child Does Online

It is likely that over the last number of months your children have been spending more time than usual online. While this is understandable given the role, technology has played in helping families to stay connected, it may be a good idea to review with your child what they are doing when the are online.

Teaching Teens about Digital Etiquette: Zeeko Tips

Helping your teenager to understand the importance of ‘digital etiquette’ is the focus of our blog this week. Here are some tips to you can pass on to your teen to help them to be more conscious of their online behaviour. Teach the “Grandma Rule”: As communication via social media becomes ingrained in our culture,

Zeeko Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Online!

While we are currently unable to deliver our seminars physically in schools due to the Covid-19 school closures we wanted to share some of the advice we  offer to parents when it comes to talking to their kids about staying safe online. This advice comes from the experience we have of listening to kids at

Digital Literacy has Never Been so Important

There is no doubt that this period of lock down has highlighted the importance of connection within families and communities and technology has played a big part in establishing and maintaining that contact. It’s going to be increasingly important that kids are what we term digitally literate in the years ahead. One of the core

Teaching your Child about their Digital Footprint

  During this time when we are all being asked to #stayhome and #staysafe to help to stop the spread of Covid-19 it may be a good time to teach your child about the concept of their digital footprint and how important their digital footprint is for them now and in the future. If you

The New Face of Education: The Use of Technology

There is no denying that the current public health situation that is gripping Ireland means that our kids have had to adapt to new ways of learning and experiencing education. The basis of much of this education is technology. Our blog this week looks at some of the platforms that children are using to stay

Make Staying Safe Online a Priority

  As Ireland’s lock down is extended for a further three weeks have a read of our tips for making staying safe online a priority conversation in your home during this challenging time. Start and keep the conversation going: Talk to your child as much as possible about how important it is to stay safe

Age Ratings on Games:What you Need to Know

  We are all adjusting to a new type of normal as Ireland continues to do everything possible to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic. It is probable that your child wants to spend more time than usual gaming online at the moment and especially over the Easter break. Our blog this week looks at the age

Tips for Helping to Create a Balance in the Use of Technology

The reality is that in this digital age screens are everywhere, particularly now during the Covid-19 pandemic. Children could potentially be spending time looking at a screen from the time they wake up every morning. What can we do to help children better manage their use of screens and create a balance in the use

Listening: A Key Tool in Helping to Keep your Child Safe Online!

  It really is important not to underestimate the power of listening when it comes to getting a handle on what your children are doing when they spend time online. Listening to their experiences the good and the not so good will be a great help to you in helping them to stay safe online.

Kids and Smartphones: Is there an Appropriate Age?

  With technology being all around us it is inevitable that your child will at some point ask you, or pester you, to get their own smartphone. It’s one of the most common questions we get asked by parents. What age is the right age for a child to have a smartphone? Smartphones can undoubtedly

The Zeeko T-Shirt Rule on Posting Content

  Although it’s far from the time of year for wearing t-shirts, you may have heard your child talk about the T-Shirt rule, well you have Zeeko to thank for that!  When we visit schools all over Ireland to talk to kids about staying safe online, one of the topics that gets the biggest reaction

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