Parent Advice Hub

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

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

Online Gaming: The Changing Face of Childhood

    The way that children play is changing. Instead of spending time playing face to face, children of all ages are spending time playing games online. Along with the obvious challenges of managing screentime where gaming is concerned, there are other things that children and parents need to bear in mind when playing games

Meet our Zeeko Presenter: Kirsty Park

  This week we profile Zeeko presenter Kirsty Park. Kirsty is an Irish Research Council funded PhD researcher in Communications at DCU. She has worked as a lecturer and taught coding workshops for Transition Year students. We talk to Kirsty about her role with Zeeko visiting schools throughout the country to help keep kids safe online!

Why our Kids Digital Health is so Important

    There is a new facet to our health and that is digital. Yes, you read that correctly, digital health focuses on creating a healthy balance in our use of technology. Obviously being conscious of digital health is important for adults but is even more so for our children. So, what does digital health

Meet Our Zeeko Presenter: Davina Brady

We are incredibly lucky to have a fantastic team of presenters working with Zeeko. We thought you might like to know more about them! So, over the next few months we will be profiling each of our presenters, where they will share their expertise and experience of delivering our internet safety message in schools throughout

Keeping the Conversation on Staying Safe Online Current!

  With all the conversations that you need to have with your children in the course of a week it can be a challenge to fit in the topic of staying safe online! During the workshops we deliver in primary and secondary schools throughout the country we regularly hear from children of all ages about

Steps to Keeping your Kids Safe on Social Media

There used to be a time when keeping kids safe involved looking both ways before crossing the street or avoiding strangers. While those are still much needed life skills, our children are growing up in an increasingly digital and social world. Today’s kids embrace social media and technology as their primary means of communication and

Screentime: The Challenge of Managing it

  The reality is we are surrounded by screens. Even as adults it is a challenge to manage the amount of time we spend looking at a screen throughout the day. If it is a challenge for adults to manage, it’s totally understandable that it is even more difficult for children to deal with. When

Messaging Apps: Keeping your Child Safe

  Not so long ago the main way people communicated was face to face or possibly by text. Now it’s a very different story. Messaging apps are becoming an increasingly popular way of communicating particularly among preteens and teenagers. The speed and immediacy of this type of communication can of course have benefits but it

Zeeko Education Welcomes Cyber Safe Ireland 2017 Annual Report

Cyber Safe Ireland today released its 2017 Annual Report The Report highlights: 16% of children surveyed spent in excess of 4 hours online a day. 32% of children have either never spoken to their parents/ guardians about online safety or have not done so in the last year. Almost 70% of teachers surveyed reported that they do

Explaining their Digital Footprint to your Child

  Digital footprint- it’s a relatively new concept but an increasingly important one. People’s digital footprint can have a significant impact on areas like career progression and general areas of personal privacy. This goes for adults and children alike. The full impact of digital footprint is only now beginning to be researched and it will

Developing Digital Skills: A Key Way for Kids to Stay Safe Online

  The interactive workshops that we deliver at Zeeko, in schools throughout Ireland are helping children to develop digital skills that help them stay safe online. We encourage the children and teenagers we meet to reflect on how they currently use the internet to interact with others. We also encourage them to develop the critical

Back to School: Be sure to Pack Internet Safety in your Child's Schoolbag

  It is officially the end of summer, as primary and second level pupils return to school. This can be a good time of the year to revisit a conversation about staying safe online with your child, individually and as a family. The start of school marks a return to routines and a level of

Zeeko Top Tips for Staying Safe Online This Summer!

  As the summer holidays start in earnest, now is a great time to have a conversation with your child about ways that they can continue to stay safe online. Remind your child that staying safe online doesn’t stop just because it is the summer. In fact, it can be even more important to make

Managing Time Spent Online Over the Summer

  The summer holidays are just around the corner for children in primary school and are already in full swing for those at second level. The summer is traditionally a time when the strict routines in place during the academic year are relaxed. It is a time for families to spend some quality time together,

YouTube: Keeping Kids Safe

  YouTube, for many people it can be a means of self-expression, a way of documenting particular elements of their life. However an increasing number of children are using YouTube to upload videos and then share this content with friends. Parents can understandably be concerned about what their children are uploading and sharing, particularly as

How to Help your Child Deal with Cyberbullying

  Cyberbullying it’s undoubtedly one of the biggest challenges faced by children and teenagers in Ireland and indeed worldwide. Before the growth of digital technology bullying was something that could be contained, to some extent. However, the growth of social media and the use of digital technology like smartphones, means that bullying can be both

Staying Connected to What Your Child is Doing Online

  One of the concerns we hear most frequently from parents at our parent seminars in primary and secondary schools, relates to how challenging it can be 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

Helping your Child Stay Grounded when using Social Networking Apps

  A survey of over one thousand young people aged 14 to 24 has found that Instagram is the worst social media site in terms of its impact on the mental health of young people. The #StatusofMind survey conducted by the Royal Society for Public Health, found the photo-sharing app negatively impacted on people’s body

Childhood Obesity and Technology: What Parents Can Do

  The World Health Organisation has warned that the increased use of technology by children is leading to increased rates of obesity. The Report: Adolescent Obesity and Related Behaviours, looked at the prevalence of obesity among adolescents between the years 2002 and 2014. Almost two thirds of children were found to be spending more than

Smartphones: Keeping your Child Safe

  There has been lots of coverage recently about the proposed legislation by Fine Gael TD Jim Daly, that would see parents fined for not effectively controlling their children’s use of smartphones and could potentially see retailers fined for selling smartphones to children under the age of 14. It is yet to be seen whether

Helping your Child Deal with Peer Pressure in the Digital World

  Peer pressure has always been a part of childhood and has always been a challenge for parents to deal with. However, now that there is a digital aspect to the way children of all ages communicate, peer pressure has a whole new dimension. Parents can understandably feel very concerned about the pressure that their

MeowChat App: What Parents Need to Know

From meeting parents at our parent seminars that take place in primary and secondary schools throughout the country, we regularly hear that the number of apps now available can be overwhelming and it can be a challenge to stay on top of the newest developments. MeowChat is an app that allows users to chat to

Empowering your Child to Stay Safe Online

  In an interview earlier this year our Founder Joe Kenny indicated that internet safety needs to be seen as something as important as learning to safely cross the road. With the increasing use of digital devices and wifi being available more widely in public places, children of all ages have access to a digital

Teens and Screens: Creating a Balance

  The term ‘screenager’ is becoming increasingly common and it’s not hard to see why. The amount of screens that young people have access to in their everyday life is huge. With a growing number of schools using technology like iPads and Tablets as part of the educational experience, teens can spend a huge amount

Zeeko Top Tips for Staying Safe when Sharing Videos and Photos

  Video and photo sharing online are a very popular way for teenagers in particular to communicate with their friends. Usually sharing begins with photos and then moves on to videos. From our work in primary and secondary schools throughout the country we know that parents concerns grow as their children become more familiar with

SimSimi: What we Need to Learn From It

The SimSimi app has caused a huge degree of controversy here in the last week or so and while it has now been suspended in Ireland there are certainly lessons that can be learned from the use of the app. While the immediate dangers of SimSimi have been removed for Irish users there is no

WhatsApp: What Parents Need to Know

WhatsApp has revolutionised online messaging, little doubt of that. The app, which allows users to make calls, send messages, videos and photos has approximately 630 million users every day. WhatsApp is particularly appealing to teens as all you need to use the app is a smartphone that is wifi enabled. In the US 27% of

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