I am a Mum with 2 boys, and 18 months ago my son had his first mobile phone. Like most of us I had concerns with what he would be doing online. I did struggle to talk with him about it, and like most teenagers he looked at me as though I was a complete alien and knew nothing, even though I am techy savvy. I had to take matters into my own hands and find something to teacher him. I searched online and found loads of information for me as a parent, but nothing for him that he would find fun and engaging. This is when I came up with Gooseberry Planet. It teaches children in a fun and engaging way playing a game, which is in their language. My passion is to teach children, after all, they are the ones that live online, not us, but I also want to give you little nuggets to help you bridge the digital divide.
Christmas is well behind us and most of our children would have got a gadget of some kind. We would have spent £3.2bn on gadgets and this is nearly twice as much as last year. Technology is a great tool for both child and parent, but how many of us opened the box before Christmas and looked at the privacy settings? The reality is, very few. As parents we really do need to take a more active part in our children's technology and learning. There are so many things that you can do to protect your child. I know we should be educating them and teaching them how to behave and respond, but we really do need to set parameters as well. I know for sure I would never let my 9 year-old watch films with an age limit of 15, but as parents most of us allow our children to watch YouTube with no restrictions. We need to have some sort of control. I don't agree with controlling my children, but I do agree with setting boundaries. There is a very simple way that you can limited what your child views on YouTube. Just create an account, login and go to the very, very bottom of the page and you will notice a restricted mode, click on that change and save. Really not rocket science. Go to our YouTube channel and there is a video to show you how. Click Here.
For the first time ever there is a massive digital divide, and it is our responsibility as parents to get involved and teach ourselves how to protect our children. You might think that you know very little, but there is help out.