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

Getting Started on a Digital Detox this Mid-Term!

  With the mid-term break just around the corner our blog this week offers some tips for getting your kids started on a digital detox. In a world surrounded by technology it is always a good idea to build in a regular digital detox and that’s not just for the younger members of the family!

Fact or Fiction? Teaching your Child about Fake News!

With a 24-hour news cycle surrounding us it can be a big challenge to get a handle on separating fact from fiction.  Developing the ability to decipher what is real from what is fake when it comes to online content is certainly a crucial skill, not only for children but adults too!  One area where

Cyberbullying: Helping your Child to Deal with it

  Unfortunately, the cyber element to bullying is a growing concern for parents and schools. There was a time when bullying was confined to face to face interaction. With the growing use of digital communication, the cyber element to bullying is only increasing. What can you do to support your child if they become the

How to Stay in Touch with What Kids are Doing Online!

Do you regularly wonder what your kids, particularly teenagers are doing when they are online? Do you find it challenging to keep up with what children are doing when they are online? These concerns are totally understandable as parents lead increasingly busy and demanding lives. It can undoubtedly be a juggling act to keep on

Being Digitally Literate is a Must for Kids

  For all the negative press the online world receives it is very important that kids are digitally literate and feel empowered to make informed choices to help them stay safe when they are online. One of the key principals of our work at Zeeko is to help kids to become good digital citizens, in

Make 2020 the Year Online Safety is your Priority!

  It’s a new year and a time when there’s lots of talk about resolutions and changing or breaking habits. 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 as possible about how important it

Unplug from your Digital Devices this Christmas!

  Firstly, our team at Zeeko would like to wish all the readers of our blog a very happy Christmas and every good wish for a fantastic New Year! Our final blog of 2019 offers advice on spending some time unplugged from digital devices over the Christmas holidays. The festive season can be a demanding

Kids and Tech at Christmas: Creating a Balance!

As the Christmas edges ever closer  it’s 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 their different forms to homes

Games Consoles: Staying Safe this Christmas

  Is there a chance that a games console will be a gift in your house this Christmas?   If so, what can you do to help ensure that your child stays safe while playing on a console? The first thing to do is to check out what parental controls are available with the console

Buying Tech for Kids this Black Friday? Think Safety First!

Are you planning on buying technology for your kids this Black Friday? Here are some tips to bear in mind before you make a purchase. 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 be

Age Ratings on Games: What You Need to Know

  As the build up to Christmas creeps up on everyone, you may be aware of an increase in talk about what console and/or PC games your child may want as a gift this year. Our blog this week looks at the age ratings on games and offers advice on keeping your child safe if

Is a Digital Assistant a Good Idea?

Are you considering adding a digital assistant to your home? As many retailers begin to reduce the prices on tech and digital devices in advance of Black Friday, we look at the role of digital assistants and how best to keep your child safe. Digital assistants are a growing part of everyday life. These are

The Role Parents Play in Keeping Kids Safe Online.

This week there has been lots of conversations nationally about the importance of kids staying safe online and the role of parents in helping to protect them. Here we offer advice on the absolute importance of having regular conversations with your children about the power of the internet. Open Communication is the key: The most effective

Young Children and Tablets: Educational Apps that can Foster Cognitive Development

  Our blog this week is written by guest blogger Dr. Marina Everri who is the Head of Research with Zeeko.  There is no doubt that screen devices such as smartphones and tablets are extremely attractive for the small hands and growing brains of young children: touchscreen function, animations, bright colours, sounds, all in one

Live Streaming: How to Keep your Child Safe

We live in an age where some people record and stream almost every element of their lives. The term vlogging ,which is essentially videoing your every day life is becoming increasingly popular among those in their late teens and early 20’s. Being exposed to the live element of the online world can start a lot

The Importance of Explaining Digital Footprint to your Child

As World Mental Health Day was marked earlier this week our blog focuses on the importance of teaching kids about the long-term implications of their digital footprint for every aspect of their health and in particular their mental health. If you asked a group of adults what they understand by the term digital footprint it’s

Managing the Storm that is Screentime!

As storm Lorenzo tracks towards Ireland, our blog this week looks at ways to tackle the ever-popular topic of screentime. The cause of stormy waters in many homes around the County! The reality is that in this digital age screens are everywhere. Children could potentially be spending time looking at a screen from the time

Keeping Kids Safe Online: Our Advice to Parents

We are often asked what advice we would offer to parents when it comes to talking to their kids about staying safe online. Well, our blog this week offers the insights we have gleaned from our work, on helping kids to stay safe online. The first thing we tell children and teens we meet when

Think Twice Before you Post Online: The Zeeko T-Shirt Rule!

It may be the time of year when we  start packing away the t-shirts for another year. However, the t-shirt rule when it comes to the sharing of content online is one your child should always be aware of regardless of the season!   When we visit schools all over Ireland to talk to kids about

Teaching Kids to be Smart when it comes to Social Networking

Is your child spending time on apps like Snapchat, YouTube and Instagram?  If your child is active on any of these platforms, then they are engaged in what is termed social networking. Many kids now embrace social media and technology, often, as their primary means of communication and entertainment. So, what can you do to

Creating a Digital Contract: The Time is Now!

  As we all settle into new routines at the start of a new school year it is a great 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

Back to School: Remember the Online Safety Rules!

  It’s unbelievable that the summer is coming to a close and schools starts for the majority of students over the next week or so. We hope you have had a great summer and our team look forward to meeting students, teachers and parents in schools all over Ireland during the course of the coming

Keeping the Conversation on Staying Safe Online Going!

  As a return to school moves ever closer the Zeeko blog is back! This week our blog looks at the best ways to keep the conversation about staying safe online going. This can be particularly challenging at a time of transition such as the period between the end of the long summer holidays and

Keeping Kids Safe Online this Summer!

  School is officially out for summer in just a few days! Here’s hoping that long sunny days lie ahead. No matter what you can be sure that technology will play a part in everyone’s summer. So, here are some tips for what you can do to ensure that your child stays safe over the

Kids and Technology: The Challenge of Balance!

  Barnardo’s UK recently released a Report called ‘Left to their own Devices’ which explored the use of social media by Barnardo’s youngest clients. Their insights indicate some children start looking at social media as early as two-years-old. Half of service practitioners responding said they had worked with children aged five to 10 who had been exposed

Helping kids Deal with Peer Pressure on Social Media

As the State exams in English highlighted teens use of social media and asked are this generation self-obsessed, we look at ways to make sure that your child stays safe when they spend time on social media.  A virtually erasable digital footprint, spending increasing amounts of time online and dealing with a whole new form

Teenagers and Digital Etiquette: Zeeko Tips

Kids, in particular teens, can get very wrapped up in what they are doing when they spend time online. Our blog this week offers tips on helping kids to learn about digital etiquette. Teach the “Grandma Rule”: As communication via social media becomes ingrained in our culture, children need to know social networking etiquette. A

Is there a 'right' Age for a Child to have a 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 open a whole new world to your child in very positive ways such as teaching them digital skills and new ways to use technology to communicate.

Ways to Stay Connected to What your Kids are Doing Online!

  As parents lead increasingly busy and demanding lives, it can undoubtedly be a juggling act to keep on top of routine daily tasks in addition to keeping a watchful and informed eye on what your child is doing when they are using technology. So, how can you stay connected to what your child is

WhatsApp: Keeping your Teen Safe

  As WhatsApp announce that they have been hacked and ask users to update the app we look at what you need to do to make sure that your child stays safe if they use WhatsApp to message their friends. WhatsApp has revolutionised online messaging, little doubt of that. The app, which allows users to