Friday, 10 February 2017

Lego launches 'safe' social network for under-13s

This is an interesting idea - children are using Instagram already even though they need to be THIRTEEN to sign up, like most social networks.  Lego have created a child-friendly Lego-themed Instagram, called LEGO LIFE.  Click here to find out more.

Revealed: The Secret life of six-year-olds online

Sinister meanings lurk behind children’s emojis

This is an excellent article from The Times on the importance of parents making an effort to keep up...

If you are a parent with young or teenage children, a quick glance at their phones will convince you that their generation does in fact speak a different language.

When you turn your eyes away you can be sure your offspring have a code for that, 99, which means “parent stopped watching”, the numbers signifying averted eyes.

A survey of 4,500 parents showed their ignorance of text-speak and 85 per cent of adults are apparently unable to decipher emojis, acronyms and codes.

Many are playful — a monkey with paws over its mouth means “I won’t tell anyone” — but some could cause concern. The emoji with cross eyes, which parents believed means tired, is used when children have seen something x-rated. KMS, which 65 per cent of parents thought stood for “keep my secret”, means “kill myself”. Only 8 per cent knew GNOC meant “get naked on camera” and ASL stood for “age, sex, location”.

More than half of the adults in the BT survey knew that “182” meant “I hate you” and WTTP stood for “want to trade pictures?”

BT’s survey was part of Safer Internet Day. Carolyn Bunting of Internet Matters, a member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, said it was unrealistic for parents to understand all web slang but they needed to talk to their children.