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

Spending some time Unplugged this Festive Season!

  The festive season can be a demanding time and one where families can be literally snowed under by the amount of technology that suddenly surrounds them! It really is important to spend some time unplugged over the festive season! Here are some tips to help you create a balance and spend some time unplugged

Managing Screentime over Chirstmas!

  Over the Christmas holidays it is likely that your family will be spending more time than usual on screens particularly if digital devises have been given as gifts! It’s a good idea to bear the following advice in mind, from The American Academy of Paediatrics, who in late 2016 released updated guidelines on screentime.

Staying safe on games consoles this Christmas!

Is Santa due to deliver a games console to your house?  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 and to activate these. Parental controls are of

Technology at Christmas: Keeping your Child Safe!

  As the Christmas season is now in full swing 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

The TikToc App: What is it and why am I hearing so much about it?

  Another day, another app to try and wrap your head around! TikTok is the latest addition to the ever growing stream of social media apps that are worth knowing about. If you have a young person in your life that is smartphone-savvy, there’s a good chance that they are using this app already. We

Staying in Touch with What your Child is Doing Online

  Do you find it challenging to keep up with what children are doing when they are online? This concern is totally understandable 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

Age Ratings on Online Games: What Parents Need to Know

  As you have probably seen in the media recently, our team at Zeeko released results of research we conducted that found that 1 in 3 boys aged 8 are playing over 18’s online games. It’s certainly a scary statistic. In light of these findings here is some useful information on age ratings on games.

Snapchat: What Parents Need to Know

  Snapchat, it’s definitely a popular way of ‘chatting’ in the digital world. From our research conducted with kids in schools throughout the Country Snapchat consistently proves popular. In fact, in our most recent research it is in the top 3 of the most popular apps used by children at primary level and its popularity

Children and Online Gaming: How to Keep your Child Safe!

Does your child like to spend time playing games online? Are you considering buying some online games for your child this Christmas? Children may start playing using a smartphone, Tablet, or iPhone and then move on to the digital devices that have become household names. Devices, like the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and the Nintendo Wii are designed

A Digital Detox for Kids: How to Make it Happen!

  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! With all the demands on everyone’s time it can be real challenge to find the time to implement a detox of any kind. Here

Creating a Digital Contract with your Kids

  A digital contract can be a really great way of working collaboratively with your child to help them achieve a balance in their use of technology. Here are some things to bear in mind when creating a digital contract. -Make it a fun activity: Obviously the reasons you are creating a digital contract as

Helping Children Manage Screentime and Technology

With  the most recent findings of the Growing Up in Ireland Study showing that nearly a quarter of nine-year old’s have an online profile and that the time spent on screens is significantly impacting levels of exercise among kids, our blog this week offers tips on managing screentime and creating a balance in the use

Zeeko Top Tips to Keep the Whole Family Safe Online!

  Given the recent findings from the Growing Up in Ireland Study that almost a quarter of nine-year olds in the country have an online profile, have a read of our Zeeko Top Tips to help keep the whole family safe online! Use technology in communal spaces: We know that this is not always possible

The Zeeko T-Shirt Rule on Sharing Content: What Parents Need to Know!

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 is when we ask how careful children are, about what the kind

Explaining Digital Footprint to Children

    If you asked a group of adults what they understand by the term digital footprint it’s likely that they would struggle to give an answer! So, it is little surprise that children struggle to grasp this concept. Most kids, understandably, don’t think of the long-term implications of what they are sharing today i.e.

Catfishing: What Parents Need to Know

  Catfishing, it’s a phrase that most people associate with the hit MTV Show ‘Catfish’. In terms of online safety catfishing is a serious concern in particular for the parents of teenagers. Our most recent research at Zeeko found that, students in secondary school had more contacts with strangers online, specifically: 50% of male and

7 Benefits of Coding for Kids and Students

  Coding is becoming increasingly popular among Irish children. Have a read of this guest article by Holly Clark from US based Codakid.com on the benefits of coding!  For kids to appreciate how the modern technology operates, there is a need to introduce them to coding. Most kids are living in a world where technology

Digital Literacy: A Skill Every Child Should Acquire!

  It may sound like a buzz word, but digital literacy is in fact an incredibly important skill. When our research team attend European Conferences on internet safety, the importance of digital literacy is always stressed. Developing digital literacy skills is a key component of our newest product at Zeeko, Appyness Online.  So, what is

Fortnite: How to Help your Child Stay Safe

  Fortnite, it’s the gaming craze that shows no sign of fading. It is likely that your child wants to play or knows someone who is already playing. So, what can you do to help your child to stay safe if they play Fortnite? The main game focuses on a Save The World mode where

Simple Advice for Being a Great Digital Parent!

  Parenting can be a challenge, there’s little doubt about that. There is now a new element to parenting and that’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

Appyness Online: A New Frontier in Peer Led Education!

  Here at Zeeko, we provide our subscribers with a weekly blog offering advice and tips for parents to enhance and improve their knowledge of internet safety and how to best manage their children’s time online. Our blog this week tells you all you need to know about Appyness Online a new way for children

Helping Teens to Safely Navigate Social Media!

  One of the huge concerns for parents and teachers is the amount of time that that teens are spending on  social media. However, it’s not only the amount of time but also the type of information that they are being exposed to that is of concern. How can you help the teenagers in your

Zeeko Tips for Managing Screentime!

Screens, it seems like they are everywhere and managing their use, in particular by kids, can certainly be a challenge! Here are some tips from our team at Zeeko for managing screentime:   Be a good role model: If your child sees you constantly using digital devices and looking at screens, it’s likely they will

Helping your Child Deal with Cyberbullying

  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

Tips for Managing Smartphone Use by Kids

  Smartphones are now seen as an almost essential component in the way we communicate with each other and the world around us, and that’s just for the adults! An increasing number of children now have access to a range of digital devices including smartphones. Whether that is spending time using a parent’s smartphone or

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: A Guide for Parents

  We are delighted to have a  guest blogger this week. Daniel Sherwin is a single dad raising two children. At DadSolo.com, he aims to provide other single dads with information and resources to help them better equip themselves on the journey that is parenthood. Keeping kids safe when they’re online is a concern most

Teaching Kids to be Careful of What they Share Online

We all know that feeling of wanting to share some exciting news with our friends and family, when you are ‘bursting to tell’ someone something, well kids often feel like that about sharing information online. The obvious and important difference with the online element of things is, of course, safety. What are the things you

The Challenge of Parenting in a Digital Age

  There are few who would deny that technology is having a huge impact on almost all elements of our lives. It is most definitely having an impact on parenting and is adding a new dimension to an already very challenging role. Many parents we meet through our work at Zeeko are overwhelmed by the

Screentime: Tips for Managing It!

  It’s undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges for this generation, how to effectively manage something that is constantly around us, screens. One of the queries we receive from parents and indeed teachers is how to create a healthy balance in the use of screens. From our inception as a company we have always said

A New School Year: Tips for Staying Safe Online!

  It’s so hard to believe that we are at the end of the summer and that school has started in earnest for the vast majority of students. Our team at Zeeko would like to welcome you back to the new academic year. We hope you have had a great summer and got the opportunity

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