Trip to Google Offices in London

 

Last year we had a competition in school to find the best presentation for an idea on how to change the world by eradicating, or helping to eradicate, a certain issue. This presentation could be on any issue, whether it be big or small, as long as there was a way to solve it outlined in the presentation. Two students won this, and now they, along with us, are travelling to Google Offices in London to pitch their ideas. So now we’re off to Google on the 10th February! Just two weeks!

Our internet , our choice

Top tips for teens

  1. Choose to ask for consent –  Always ask others before sharing something about them. If they say no, we need to respect their choice and be a good friend. This should include checking before posting a selfie of you and your friend or before adding friends into group chats where they might be people they don’t know. Remember that things which we might think are okay or funny might actually worry or upset someone else.

2.  Choose to be supportive and positive –  You can inspire and support others by what you do and post online. If you see someone having a hard time online, offer them support and report posts or accounts that might be upsetting or offensive.

3.  Choose to be in control –  Take the time to look at the privacy settings of your favourite accounts. They can help you take control over the information and posts that you are sharing and ensure that you are happy with what information people can see about you online.

4. Choose to find out more –  Be aware of how your data is being stored and used by the apps on your device. Check the terms and conditions before signing up to a new app and make sure you are happy with your current access rights for each app. Remember you can change these at any time by going into the settings of your device or the app itself and many services will still work even if you choose not to grant all of the access rights it asks for.

5. Choose to talk about it –  If you are not sure what to do or how to respond to something that happens online, then talk to someone about it. This could be a close friend, parent, teacher or even a helpline like Childline or The Mix. 

 

Online shopping : Good and Bad

 

Online shopping has grown rapidly in the last decade as people start to prefer relaxed shopping in the comfort of their own homes instead of driving to a shop which could be miles away. Some people may not have access to a car which would mean online shopping is the easiest way. But is it that simple?

 

In a recent survey carried out by consumer

Group Which it is discovered that Homebase is the worst place for online shopping along with Sports Direct, Dorothy Perkins and B&Q. These were labelled as the worst because it was hard to navigate, poor value for money and not up to date on stock details.

 

Specialist Retailers LizEarle.com and RicherSounds.com were in fact the highest rated online shopping websites with the survey providing which saying they offered a “ convenient, personal service that gives customers exactly what they want

 

During the survey over 10,000 people were asked to rate  the most popular online shops based on experiences they had in the previous six months.

 

The biggest major retailer to make the top ten was John Lewis placed 6th with a satisfaction score of 90%. Dyson were also placed 7th with 89%

   

 

The biggest major retailer to make the top ten was John Lewis placed 6th with a satisfaction score of 90%. Dyson were also placed 7th with 89%.

How do I introduce my child to technology?

 

Introducing your children to the online world can be very daunting but media giant Vodafone gives some advice on how to help your child safely.

There are 3 life skills that you introduce to your kids so they can explore the web safely:

Life Skill #1: Be a critical thinker

We hear a lot about fake news but being a critical thinker involves more than just spotting misinformation and lies. It’s about knowing when a website is giving you advice that is wrong  or potentially harmful, and about recognising and rejecting peer pressure to join in with online crazes that could be dangerous for you or someone else you know. A simple test is to ask the question “who wrote this and why?” Are they trying to sell you something, trick you into sharing personal information or make you look stupid? These questions will help your children think and stay protected.

Life Skill #2: Be a confident communicator

Children need someone to talk to when things go wrong or upset them, online or off. They need to have the confidence to ask for help, even if they’ve done something they shouldn’t have done. Don’t wait until something bad happens. Reassure your child that they can tell you anything and you won’t get angry with them, no matter what has happened. Children may need guidance on how to communicate with others safely and nicely online. Parents can help by being role models in their own internet use. Knowing how and where to report  bad things that happen is key for a positive experience online

7 Steps to Making the Internet Safe for your Kids

It can be difficult to determine how much access you can give your kids but, with help from Vodafone Digital Parenting, we have a step-by-step guide for you.

 

  1. Create a family agreement of what is suitable and what is not and making sure all social media users in the family are above 13 y/o
  2. Agree to use technology for a certain amount of time per day/week etc
  3. Know what your family are doing on the internet, but don’t check up on them constantly
  4. Adjust controls – agree on boundaries
  5. Always be open to discuss wrong and right
  6. For younger children, search and browse the internet with them in order to keep everything in check
  7. Always allow them to explore the internet themselves and not be too overbearing

Working @ Google

Working at Google sounds fun… and it is! Us Digi-leaders visited London just last weekend, so we can tell you a bit about it. All the rooms are super wacky and they even have a horse in the reception area, not a real one of course. There’s a place called ‘Pudding Lane’ and that’s where the restaurant is, imagine an all you can eat buffet for free! This is for all staff, everyday. Also there’s a park indoors with trees, a cafe (where you can train to be a barista) and even a boat full of ducks!

Having a hard days work? Just pop into a room designed just for relaxing! Comfortable sofas, video games, table tennis and even a place where you can sleep! All this because you work at Google, a great place indeed.

THE DIGI LEADERS – MAISIE

The Presentation @ Google

At Google, we presented our pitches to 3 members of the Google for Education team. The pitches were very successful and we impressed the team.

Firstly, Mr Spoors introduced us and the school, explaining how the school is digital and our history. Then it was our turn to present. We were pretty nervous! We first introduced ourselves and then went on to talk a little bit about what we have done and what we would like to do in the future before introducing Ayesha and Kimberley and their winning presentation.

Ayesha and Kimberley presented their FGM presentation and they did so well, even with a few technical difficulties! They impressed the team so much that they suggested getting charities involved! The presentation was well thought out  and they were so confident!

Overall, the presentations went brilliantly!

By Ellie

THE DIGI LEADERS

Winner of our E-Safety Blog Post Competition

How to stay safe on social media sites.

Children all around the world love to go on social media. It is an important part of our lives. With a staggering 2.34 billion people on social media that adds up to a third of the world! However, social media can be dangerous, and could potentially ruin your reputation and future chances of a job! Did you know that as soon as you post a photo on social media it is no longer yours and anyone can access the photo?

Know who you are accepting.

You don’t want people spying on you that you don’t know! This is highly dangerous and can also increase the risk of identity theft and leaked personal information. Identity theft is the processes involved in collecting sufficient personal information from a victim in order for a scammer to take on the identity of the victim. Because of the anonymous nature of the Internet, most forms of identity theft and fraud now take place online.

                                                       think-1jgv4gi

Account privacy

If you are not on private then ANYONE can see your account and you do not want people going through your account that you don’t know. You wouldn’t speak to them in real life, so why is it different online? You should always use a strong password and NEVER share it with anyone! Not even your closest friends or people you have met online that you think are okay.

Cyber-bullying story.

Here is a true story of what can happen if you aren’t sensible on the internet. Jessica Logan was an 18-year-old Sycamore High School senior who sent nude photo of herself to her boyfriend After the couple had broke up the photo was sent across the whole school! According to the University of Alabama’s cyberbullying website, the cyber bullying continued through Facebook, Instagram and text messages. Jessica hung herself a few days after attending the funeral of another boy who had committed suicide.

Message who you know, not who you THINK you know.

You might think you know someone just because your friend is friends with them or you just happened to meet them and they give you compliments on how ‘amazing’ you are. But on the internet someone you think you know could be a hacker trying to get your personal details to pretend to be you and use your money . When you are ‘sexting’ and sending photos and texts to each other, think before you act. Would you say that or show that in real life? In fact, if you don’t know them, then block them; or decline their follow request. It’s easy AND it can keep you safe! So the next time you get a text message from someone you don’t know, you’ll know what to do!

THINK.

So the overall message that I am trying to get across is to THINK before you do something online.
By Lauren Crispin.