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What is YouTube? Still King for Kids?

Battered by TikTok, Google's star performer is still a money-making machine. YouTube is incredibly popular with kids, trusted by parents, we ask what is YouTube, but warnings are now needed for the king of the Jungle. 

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Instagram new Threads 'Auto Status' option isn't great, here's why

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!

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Internet Safety - France bans Cellphones in Schools for ages 6 -15

It’s no longer a request, France is officially banning the use of phones in schools for children aged 6 – 15 from September 2018.

Presidents Macron and especially his wife Brigitte, a former teacher herself are particularly eager to see this law enforced.

The proposed ban was a key part of his presidential campaign. So there’s a good chance it will receive international support when it comes into full force.

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Let’s face it, the internet can be a nasty place

Between predators, malware, explicit content, and other less than well intended content, kids don’t have much of a chance of escaping the worst the internet has to offer. 

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PR Stunt from Facebook as they up age for WhatsApp to 16

Just announced from Facebook who own Instagram and Whatsapp a new age limit of 16 for European Whatsapp users. 

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Hosting Summer Students - Agreeing the Online Rules

Parents regularly tell us that they're not sure how much online time international students should have or whether they should be regulating what students look at. 

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Putting iKydz to the Test. A Parent’s View

We asked one of our competition winners, Rhoda Mc Donald to give us her iKydz verdict; so we asked her about how easy it is to use and whether she’d recommended it to other parents. Here’s what Rhoda thinks.

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Don’t Ban Kids from Buying Smartphones - Just Keep them Safe Online

Recent proposals to ban under 14s from buying internet enabled phones is well intentioned but there is another way.

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Take the Safer Internet Day quiz - Test your internet safety

As part of BeSecure Online's support for Safer Internet Day on February 7th we're inviting young people to test their online safety knowledge with the Safer Internet Day Quiz!

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OUR NEW ONLINE SAFETY GUIDE FOR TEACHERS, PARENTS & SCHOOL, FREE E-BOOK

Last Friday, we began e-mailing schools in Britain and Ireland, about our new E-Book for Parents, Teachers and Schools.  The topic is the ever important need for more internet security, e-safety awareness and the value of reputation.

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