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

Zeeko Tips for Staying Safe Online this Summer!

  It’s officially the start of summer, the school holidays start in just a few days! Let’s hope long sunny days lie ahead and along with the sun another thing 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

Creating a 'Digital Contract' this Summer!

  Now that the summer holidays are almost upon us, children and teenagers will be out of their usual routine, which for the most part is a great thing. The summer is a time to relax and enjoy summer camps and spending time together with family and friends. However, the lack of a structure can

Zeeko Tips for Great Digital Parenting!

  There’s no need to outline the huge juggling act that parents are faced with on a monthly, weekly, daily and often hourly basis when it comes to managing family life. Adding technology, social media and time spent online into that mix certainly creates additional challenges. With secondary school students now finished school for the

Digital Assistants: What Parents Need to Know

Digital assistants are a growing part of everyday life. These are better known by their titles, the most popular of these being Siri, Amazon Echo and Google Home. So, what exactly is a Digital Assistant and what do you need to be aware of as a parent when it comes to keeping your child safe?

Fake News: Helping Your Child Identify It!

  Throughout our work at Zeeko we promote the importance of the development of digital skills as a way of helping children to make smart choices and stay safe when they are online. Developing the ability to decipher what is real from what is fake when it comes to online content is certainly a crucial

Creating a Balance in the use of Technology

  Achieving a healthy balance in the use of technology is a challenge for children and adults alike. With growing public discourse in relation to the use of technology our blog this week offers advice on practical ways to create and maintain a balance when it comes to the use of technology with a particular

Fortnite: What Parents Need to Know

  Fortnite, it’s the newest craze in online gaming and is proving incredibly popular. It has been around for a while on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, and Mac but recently added iOS to this list. The main game focuses on a Save The World mode where you attack and shoot enemies with weapons and

Ponder Before you Post! Tips for Safely Sharing Content Online

When we are visiting schools around the country to deliver internet safety workshops and parent and teacher talks one of the topics that we hear about most regularly relates to the content that children are sharing online. Their level of awareness of what they are sharing, how that content can potentially be altered and how

Is There a Right Age to Allow a Child to have a Smartphone?

  It’s one of the most challenging dilemmas of modern parenting: what is the right age to allow 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. However, there

Teens and Social Media: Self-Expression and Staying Safe

  It’s likely that if you are currently parenting a teenager you are among the first generation of parents to be negotiating the uncharted territory of digital parenting. Communicating using social media is a relatively new phenomenon and is certainly something that many parents do not have direct personal experience of from their own childhoods.

Games Consoles: How to Keep your Child Safe

  It’s very likely that there is a games console in your home, or that of a cousin or a friend. They have developed hugely over recent years from simple handheld devices to more interactive consoles. These devices, like the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii and WiiU, are designed to work with a TV. Consoles like these are capable

Roblox: What Parents Need to Know

  One of the online games we consistently hear about when we visit primary schools around the country to talk about staying safe online is Roblox,  www.roblox.com  – a game creation site that allows users to  both design and upload their own games and play games in a multi player environment. It’s particularly popular among young

Screentime: Zeeko Tips for Managing it!

Screentime, it’s one of the most read topics on our blog! It’s the singular element of the digital world that affects both children and their parents, how to manage it and how to create a workable balance. The reality is that in this digital age screens are everywhere. Children could potentially be spending time looking

The Digital Age of Consent: It's All About Education!

Our team at Zeeko were delighted to participate in the Government’s Open Policy Debate on Digital Safety which took place in Dublin on March 8th.  One of the main topics for discussion was the proposed introduction of a digital age of consent. The digital age of consent refers to age from which it is legal

Why Digital Literacy is so Important for Kids

  It’s not so long ago since there was only one digital device in an office and it was unlikely that people had access to a computer at home. Now you would be forgiven for thinking that digital devices were always part of life! Developing the skills needed to operate in a world surrounded by

3 Things You Should Discuss About Cybersecurity with Your Kids

  Our guest blogger this week is Daniel Sherwin, 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. Most parents consider keeping their kids safe online a top concern. Yet, with all the

Cyberbullying: How You Can Help Your Child

    There has been a huge amount of focus on what Irish children are encountering when they are online over recent weeks. Cyberbullying continues to be a major concern for parents and teachers. So, what can you do to support your child if they become the victim of online bullying and in general what

Protecting Children Online: The Role of Social Media Companies

There has been a lot of focus on the protection of children when they are online over the last number of weeks in Ireland, in light of the imprisonment of Mathew Horan. It is of course every adults’ responsibility to keep children safe online and that includes parents, teachers, grandparents and carers. There is of

Create, Connect and Share Respect: Safer Internet Day 2018!

  The theme for this year’s International Safer Internet Day was: Create Connect and Share Respect: A Safer Internet Starts with you. As the name suggests the aim of the day, which took place earlier this week is to encourage users of the internet, particularly young people to use the internet safely and responsibly. So

Profile of Dr. Marina Everri Head of Research at Zeeko

Our blog this week is an interview with the Head of Research at Zeeko Dr. Marina Everri. Appointed in September 2017 as a Horizon 2020 SME Innovation Associate, Marina is an Italian native who as you will see, has a wide and varied research background and is passionate about understanding the impact that technology is

Digital Footprint: What your Child Needs to Know

  The online world and its impact on children and teens is only being explored at the moment. It will undoubtedly be some years before the full extent and impact of the all-encompassing use of technology will be fully understood. One area that we see regularly through our work at Zeeko is children’s and teens

The Zeeko Digital Trend Report 2017: What Irish Kids are Doing Online!

  It is likely you have seen or heard coverage in the media this week of the findings of our most recent research at Zeeko, the findings reveal what Irish children are doing when they are online, their social media platforms of choice and what digital devices kids are using to interact with others, both

Zeeko Digital Trend Report 2017: The Results

It is likely you have seen or heard coverage in the media this week of the findings of our most recent research at Zeeko, the findings reveal what Irish children are doing when they are online, their social media platforms of choice and what digital devices kids are using to interact with others, both people

What do you Know About your Child's Digital Life?

  When your child comes home from an extracurricular activity or spending time with friends it is highly likely that you ask them a few questions about how they got on. How often have you asked them about what they are doing when they are online? When we meet parents at our parent seminars in

A New Year: New Steps for Staying Safe Online!

  Firstly, the team at Zeeko would like to wish all the readers of our blog a very happy and prosperous New Year! It’s highly likely that your home now has at least one more digital device than it did before Christmas and that you have some, new year’s resolutions! Hopefully some of these resolutions

Facebook Launch Messenger Kids: What You Need to Know

  Given the increasingly crowded market of messaging apps and the rush by social media companies to engage a younger and younger audience, it was only a matter of time before Facebook developed a messaging service for children under the age of 13. It was launched just last week in the US and will undoubtedly

Why is a Digital Detox so Important for Teens?

  Do you feel that your teenager seems to be always connected to a digital device? When we deliver our parent seminars in secondary schools throughout the country we regularly hear from parents that they have concerns about how much time their child is spending attached to and engaging with a digital device. When we

How Safe is YouTube Kids?

  When we talk to kids as part our work in Zeeko one app is constantly mentioned: YouTube Kids. This is a children’s version of the adult YouTube. It offers kids a way of watching content and commenting on the videos they watch. However, just because the word ‘Kids’ is in the title you should

Communicating with your Teen About What they are Doing Online

  Communicating with a teenager can undoubtedly be a challenge. This is most certainly the case when it comes to what they are doing when they are online. Many of the parents we meet in the course of our work in Zeeko have genuine concerns about what their child is potentially, exposed to when they

How Kids are Exposed to Terrorism on Social Media

    Our blog this week is written by guest blogger Beatrice Cadet. An International security  and Psychology student, Beatrice is passionate about child safety and tech. Currently living in France, she has also lived in Spain and California, working for start-up companies. She joined our team at Zeeko as a Strategy consultant in June

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