News Digest, December 2015

News Digest, December 2015

Over 50 percent Indian kids trust strangers online

New Delhi: A new study has showed that over 50 percent Indian children admit to meeting or wanting to meet a stranger they first met online.


Pros and cons of parental control apps

With the amount of time kids spend online they are bound to run into adult sites which are unsuitable and potentially dangerous.Luckily, there are several ways to prevent your children from seeing inappropriate content online. Some prefer the old-fashioned way of teaching kids about online security, others turn to services that filter internet browsing, and there are those who use parental control apps that monitor both online and offline activity of children’s smartphones remotely.

Understanding Chromebook parental controls

What kind of parental controls can you use on a Chromebook that school supplied for your child to use?

Ken Colburn,

Polish kids shirk online presence over hate speech

Many children in Poland admit they shy away from posting their photographs and videos on the internet for fear of becoming the target of trigger-happy trolls.

Radio Poland

Keep an eye on children’s online activities

If you think you know what your children are up to online, you may want to check on them again. Six out of 10 children here revealed that they hide their online activity or cover their tracks in the cyber world from their parents. This is according to a recent study by global software protection firm Intel Security, which surveyed the online behaviour and social networking habits of 1,002 parents and children, aged eight to 16, between April and May this year.

Ronald Loh, The New Paper Online

P.E.I. sex-ed book written for kids before they see too much online

A child psychologist has written a new book that aims to teach kids between the ages of four and seven about sex — before they learn about it on the internet.

Krystalle Ramlakhan, CBC News

How to set restrictions on the new Apple TV

Apple provides granular controls for keeping unwanted content off your TV, but inconsistent reach across all media makes it a poor substitute for real time parental control.

Chuck La Tournous, MacWorld

Teens spend a ‘mind-boggling’ 9 hours a day using media, report says

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that a new report found that teens and tweens spend a lot of time watching TV, videos and movies, playing video games, reading, listening to music and checking social media, but you might be somewhat shocked (I was!) by just how much time.
On any given day, teens in the United States spend about nine hours using media for their enjoyment, according to the report by Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on helping children, parents and educators navigate the world of media and technology.

Kelly Wallace, CNN

Kids hooked on online gambling

A new craze is beginning to grip an increasing number of Filipino kids–it’s the illegal online gambling.
This trend is truly alarming, especially for parents, because these illegal online casinos offer a wide variety of gambling, including live-streaming of cockfighting (sabong), baccarat and EZ 2 lottery of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

The Manila Times

What Parents Think Kids Do Online (Infographic)

The data about the impact of social media on physical and mental health can be confusing. While some studies indicate that Facebook makes you hate your life and that the tendency to overshare compromises our personal data online, it seems most people really aren’t that concerned. Still, being the parent of a digital native can present its own set of challenges. Social insights software provider Qualtrics surveyed more than 1,000 parents of tweens and teens age 8 to 17 to find out what parents think kids do online.


Schools and parents must work together to protect kids online

While technology provides us with great tools of convenience, it also creates great concerns for parents with young children who may not see the dangers lurking behind the many communication and social media apps available. Perhaps schools could conduct lessons to educate students on the dos and don’ts on the Internet. Schools can also teach students about some of the dangers of chatting with strangers on social media.

Woman faces online abuse for not having children

A woman who admitted she did not want to have children was mercilessly bullied and forced to shut down her social media accounts as a result.

Kids can’t tell ads from the truth online

Day after day, parents work with their kids to teach them the difference between lies and the truth. But there are some things parents can’t control. In a digital world, kids are exposed to media everywhere they go, and a recent study revealed the effect that’s having.

Ofcom, a company that regulates TV and radio sectors in the United Kingdom, conducted a survey that found Internet ads are confusing kids. According to the survey, 69% of kids between ages 12 and 15 can’t tell the difference between a Google search ad and an organic search result.

Kelli Uhrich,

Ask the Expert: My 13-year-old son is addicted to online gaming

My son, who is 13, is completely addicted to technology, particularly online gaming which he would happily spend the entire day on if he was allowed. It has got to the point where he barely engages in family life and is doing the minimum of homework. We are fighting all the time about it. Last week, after a blow-up, I took his tablet off him and he went ballistic, becoming really aggressive. I was shocked.

He says we are trying to ruin his life; that we are mad trying to stop him using the gaming site. He says he hates us, he wants us to just leave him alone and he can’t wait until he leaves home.
There is a terrible atmosphere in the house and it is affecting everyone, including his younger sister and brother. I don’t know what to do. Is he really addicted?

John Sharry, The Irish times