Digital Childhood – Protecting Our Kids Online (ad)

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Kaspersky Lab.

Our children engage in the digital world from their earliest days. When our daughter was born, I would upload weekly videos to YouTube so our family on the other side of the world could keep track of her development.

This has grown from there, now including sharing her story with people we don’t know, via this blog and associated accounts. Being online is as much a part of her life as play, books, and television.

She – like many of her peers – is beginning to explore this world herself. While she doesn’t have her own phone or tablet, she does have a KANO computer. This is used under supervision, but the issue of her online safety is becoming something we need to make part of her day-to-day life as much as, for instance, road safety.

Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab recently surveyed 10-15-year-olds and found that a third had witnessed online violence, and a quarter had viewed pornography. Two thirds also said they knew how to hide what they were looking at from their parents.

They also interviewed some children about what they had seen or encountered online, and how much their parents know about what they’re up to.

Our children are living a digital life in a way that no previous generation has been able to. Online trolling, bullying, and even grooming are a modern phenomenon for us as parents to deal with. Kaspersky Labs have recognised this, and parent’s growing concern (as well as lack of knowledge).

They have a product called Kaspersky Safe Kids which can help protect children online, whether on a desktop, laptop, or smartphone. Beyond this, you are also able to monitor their online conversations and keep track of their location.

Parts of this may be a step to far for some, as there are clearly issues around privacy. Should we be monitoring our children’s whereabouts and communication so closely? Should we tell them we’re doing it? If they know, will they find other ways around it, or if we don’t is it breach of trust?

But the fact remains there are people trying to advantage of children online. As parents, the choice of how to approach this is yours. The online environment is not one we grew up with – especially in terms of  handheld devices and social media.

Like road safety, we need to strike a balance between educating our kids as well as ensuring they remain safe.

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Kaspersky Safe Kids is a downloadable app which helps you protect your children in a digital world, on their iPhones, iPads, Macs and Computers. For just £10.99 for a year’s subscription you can stay connected with your kids and be sure they are in a safe place. For more information about Kaspersky Safe Kids, please visit iTunes.

 

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Fancy £200 to invest in your child’s future? (Sponsored giveaway)

As parents we’re preparing our kids for adulthood on a daily basis. Whether it’s reading, travel, galleries, or even film & tv – we’re looking ahead to the adults they’ll become. Taking the time to educate them about the world around them is part of our investment in their future.

The other aspect of investment, is taking something small and watch it grow much bigger, whether it’s a trip to a museum sparking an interest in science, or showing them Star Wars at the right age so they grow up into a science fiction geek.

With the focus on developing their personalities, it’s easy to forget about investing in them financially as well. We need to remember there are numerous costs and challenges ahead when from when they turn 18. There are plenty of ways to do this, but my daughter’s piggy bank probably won’t cover any higher education tuition fees when the time comes.

One way is to invest is a Junior ISA. This investment account – which will hopefully grow over time – cannot be touched until they are 18, and it is a tax free way to save and invest for your child’s future.

If this sounds of interest, Orbis Access are offering one lucky reader the chance to have £200 added to their Orbis Access Stocks & Shares Junior ISA – please see the giveaway below.

On top of that, they are also offering a Christmas gift to anyone who opens a new Junior ISA with them, of matching your first investment by up to £100. Please see here for more info.

So now is as good a time as any to invest in your child’s future. But please do remember that the value of your investments may go down as well as up!

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The £200 Orbis Access Junior ISA Giveaway

Orbis Access

Competition terms and conditions

• There is one prize of an investment to the value of £200 made into a Junior ISA Account opened with Orbis Access (UK) Limited. The prize is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered and as a result and accordingly an account must be opened in the name of a child who is eligible for an Orbis Access Junior ISA Account in order to receive the prize.

• The prize draw is open to all UK residents aged 18 years or over, except employees of the Promoters, their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the prize draw.

• The prize draw is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.

• The opening date for entries is 8 December 2016 and the closing date is the 31st December 2016. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

• To enter the prize draw an entrant must follow the instructions provided by Gleam.

• Anyone using multiple Twitter accounts to enter will be ineligible.

• This prize draw is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

• The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries by Gleam.

• The winner will be informed within 14 days of the closing date and will need to respond with their email address within 14 days or a new winner will be chosen.

• The winner’s name will be available on request.

• The Promoters reserve the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond the Promoter’s control make it necessary to do so.

• The decision of the Promoters regarding any aspect of the prize draw is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.

• Participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry.

• The Promoters reserve the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.

• The Promoters reserve the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the promotion where it becomes necessary to do so.

• Winners may be required to participate in publicity related to the prize draw which may include the publication of their name and photograph in any media.

• Personal data supplied during the course of this promotion may be passed on to third party suppliers only insofar as required for fulfilment/delivery/arrangement of the prize.

• The prize draw will be governed by English law and entrants to the prize draw submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.

• The Promoters are Hillcrest PR Limited of 58 Croydon Road, Caterham, Surrey CR3 6QB (Registered in England, company number 8044861) and Orbis Access (UK) Limited of 28 Dorset Square, London NW1 6QG (Registered in England, company number 8138002). This is a joint promotion.

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This is a sponsored giveaway in collaboration with Orbis Access.

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