Category Archives: The web

National Cyber Security Centre produces guide for small charities

The NCSC has published advice to help charities to protect themselves from the most common cyber attacks. The guide covers 5 topics: backing up your data protecting your charity from malware keeping your smartphones and tablets safe using passwords to protect your data avoiding phishing attacks The guide is easy to understand and its recommendations […]

Top 10 Google searches of 2017

Google has released its Year in Search 2017 report which shows the top 10 most searched topics overall as well as the top 10 searches in 20+ categories. Musicians and politicians featured heavily in last year’s top search terms, with both David Bowie and Prince appearing in the top 10 following their deaths. Hillary Clinton, […]

Scarlett Moffatt has a selfie warning for young girls

Scarlett Moffatt, who came to fame through Gogglebox, is getting real about filtered pictures of women on social media. The 2016 winner of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and now presenter of dating show Streetmate, posted two selfies side by side on Instagram showcasing two very different looks, along with a warning for […]

How To Shop Online Safely

Action for Fraud have released a very helpful infographic on How To Shop Online Safely in the run up to the Christmas present buying season: Check the web address Always check you’re on the correct website. Criminals can set up fake websites that have a similar design and web address to the genuine site.    […]

NSPCC warns of ‘blurred boundaries’ between YouTube stars and fans

“Blurred boundaries” between prominent YouTube stars and their young, often impressionable viewers can put young people at risk, the NSPCC has warned. They have created a helpline for victims and have urged those who watch YouTube videos to: Never share your personal information online Do not accept friend requests from people you don’t know in real […]

8 Reasons to Rethink Teens & Sexting

Megan Maas has written a blog on 8 Reasons to Rethink Teens & Sexting for the Huffington Post.  Here’s a few snippets from the blog which are essential reading for any youth worker: … In order for us to address sexting in a realistic way with teens, we must first understand the sexual culture they live […]

Are tablets good for children?

The Guardians of Ancora blog recently highlighted a BBC article There’s no question that tablet computers have swept into children’s lives in the past couple of years. But is this good, bad or neutral? ‘Parents,’ says the BBC iWonder website, ‘sometimes worry that time spent playing on screen devices may be stunting important development in […]

Sir David Attenborough narrating Pokémon Go

You might think that David Attenborough and Pokémon Go was a marriage in heaven waiting to happen. Who better than the beloved naturalist to narrate a popular game where people go hunting for exotic creatures in the wild? Thanks to Lovin’ Dublin, the dream is now reality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo7jXmrFVmw The mash-up features Attenborough describing Charmander as a “top predator” […]

An Infographic on Anonymous Apps and Teenagers

One of the most frequent questions I receive from parents is about apps that teenagers are using and what a caring parents perspective should be on them. The team from Rawhide.org have released a helpful infographic which gives a quick and concise overview of these anonymous apps – something you can share with parents.  

Why your church needs to know about Pokémon GO

The Church of England has written a very helpful blog post on what your church needs to know about Pokémon GO: The NSPCC has issued advice to parents of those children playing Pokémon GO in the UK. Whilst we would encourage churches to engage with those playing the game, be they adults or children, we also […]

Children’s & Youth Work links

Here’s some links from the last few weeks that are worth taking a few minutes to read if you’re involved in children’s and youth work: Why I Don’t Do Mission Trips Any More: Brandon Hendriks is a 13-year youth ministry veteran who believes that mission trips are often a subtle (or not-so-subtle) way of saying that we […]

15 Twitter statistics you need to know

These 15 statistics by Social Marketing Writing can help you get your message seen by more people – more retweets, followers and traffic.