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Changes to everyday life due to the Coronavirus, we need to help our kids, tweens and teenagers adjust to the new and unfamiliar situation of indefinite school and childcare creche closings.
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Text is one of the main ways kids avoid being caught by parents. Text is now commonplace in everything so much so it's officially becoming part of the language. 102. 420 – Marijuana, 104. CD9 – Code 9 – it means parents are around, 108. NIFOC – Nude In Front Of The Computer
The Sun Newspaper in London has issued a stark investigation about TikTok, suggesting it is completely unfit for purpose for children, whilst the article is poorly written, there is a strong grain of truth in it. TikTok has grown hugely since its former life ad Music.ly. Now known as TikTok and in Chinese ownership for the last two year.
The problem is quite simple. TikTok’s minimum age is 13, Tiktok does nothing during the sign-up process to check - meaning huge numbers of children join below the required age with no legal protection. TikTok also serves adverts and recommendations which may not be suitable for children. Families will find it is difficult to contact TikTok to get videos taken down.
Even truthful 13-year-olds are then given an option to make their accounts public.
This is the opinion of leading American experts in MIT. Schoolyard bullying has been seriously reduced since 1999. Sadly the bullies many of whom are cowards have taken to cyberbullying instead. Online bullying is the only form of bullying growing. This ain't what Steve Jobs brought the world the iPhone to do.
As parents and guardians, we want our children to be protected online and use the net safely. The good news is there's much we can do for free. Good parenting means setting up parental controls on the devices our kids use to access the internet.
Much as we'd like to be there for our kids every minute of every day, we just can't. But using free parental control, we can manage this worrying issue effectively, there's a great number of things we can do for out of the box for free.
Instagram is Teacher's pet in Facebook, the boss loves Instagram and lavishes praise on them publically. Instagram is doing really well in terms of advertising and active daily users. Instagram has a billion users and hundreds of millions of active daily users. Some people have even called it, the deal of the century when Zuckerberg bought Instagram for billion dollars in 2012. That's a dollar a user, better than striking oil.
Instagram Threads is a new feature in it's 'Close Friends' option. The new 'Auto Status' facility is causing a stir. It tells people (close friends) 1. Where you are 2. What you are doing 3. Possibly, your mood | Note - Even when you are not using Instagram but in a passive mode. Instagram says you have to enable it, so what!
A day seminar, Saturday 7th Sept on the important topic of social media, online safety. Our company runs 100’s of Schools talks annually in the UK and Ireland around this subject, bringing fresh thinking and an alternative point of view.
Schools and Teachers have been left to deal with this on their own, many Teachers resent this, in both primary and post primary Schools because there are so many sensitive embracing topics Sexting, Hate messaging, cyber bullying, Snapchat incidents etc.
An internet safety talk and online reputation talk to this age group is one of the most challenging audiences there is, however we have managed to hone a presentation based on realities, growing up and their responsibilties.
We bring home the consequences of phone addiction, making practical suggestion to help in getting jobs, managing social media, how Google, Facebook and social media see them as a result.
As teens get older they are faced with more and more online safety issues. Our goal is explain the following topics so that they are prepared for what their online activity may present.
Teens enjoy being spoken to as young adults (which they are) and our internet safety talks for teens engage with students on a more casual yet serious level.
We chat to 1st & 2nd years about the following internet safety topics, social media platforms and how to stay safe online.
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