Caught the fitness bug after the Commonwealth Games?

Caught the fitness bug after the Commonwealth Games?

Posted: April 12, 2018 | Admin

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Check out these fitness tips below to keep you moving!

The Commonwealth Games are inspiring! Lets take a look at how technology can assist you with exercising, exploring and improving your fitness.

1. Go Noodle

For all the dance lovers: here’s a great app to get you up and moving!

GoNoodle has ‘hundreds of videos that get you running, jumping, dancing and stretching!’. Everything from fun videos with easy to follow actions, flow yoga and mindfulness and Zumba to our all time favourite ‘The Cha Cha Slide’. The GoNoodle app is free to download and has lots of videos to follow along to that will suit all styles. It asks for a parent, carer or guardian’s email address in order to create an account which they will then use to authorise children’s accounts.

 

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It’s worth noting that once signed up, Go Noodle allows videos to start being watched regardless of whether you’ve authorised the account or not.

It can also be accessed through a browser and is great for children, parents, educators and other professionals working, learning and playing together.

 

2. Geocaching

Want a real life treasure hunt? Geocaching allows you to explore your surroundings like you never have before. People who take part in geocaching are referred to as Geocachers. Geocachers will put a ‘geocache’ in a specific location around the world and you have to find it.

There are millions of geocaches all over the world. A geocache could be a small magnet attached to a railing or it could be a box hidden in the forest. Once you find the geocache inside there will be a piece of paper (a ‘log’) where you write your geocache username, you can then mark that geocache as found on your app or online.

The geocache is found using GPS co-ordinates that can be accessed using a mobile phone with the geocaching app installed or by using GPS tracker and entering the correct co-ordinates. Once you’re within five metres of the geocache it is up to you to find it, so happy hunting!

💡Hunting Tip – If you were hiding something where would you put it?

Basic Geocaching membership is free and is all you need to get started. Geocaching is fun for all the family!

 

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3. Mover Kit

‘Tech will Save Us’ was founded in 2012 and aims to spark children’s imagination whilst using technology.

Their ‘Mover Kit’ allows children to incorporate basic programming skills involving movement using a series of ‘if’ and ‘then’ statements.

Once assembled, it is worn around the wrist like a watch and it produces a coloured light if one of the programming statements is complete. i.e ‘if’ I jump 20 times ‘then’ the blue light will come on.

 

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4. Activity Tracker 

So after all the moving, yoga, cha cha sliding and geocaching – how do you find out just how much activity you’ve actually done? Trackers are a great way to monitor activity levels and sleep. There are a variety of different styles and colours available so there is one that will suit everyone. Most trackers are worn around the wrist and can then sync with a laptop or app to display all the data that has been collected.

60 minutes exercise a day is recommended for children and young people, so this is a great way to check targets are being met. An activity tracker is also a great way to get motivated to do more. You can see just how much (or how little) exercise is actually being done.

How about having a challenge to see who can do the most steps?

You go first!

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World Health Day 2018

Posted: April 6, 2018 | Admin

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Today is World Health Day 2018 and the slogan for the campaign this year is #HealthForAll.icons8-treadmill-528

Whilst everyone else may be telling you to switch off all your different devices in order to go outside and get some exercise, we have looked at how technology can actually assist children with exercise, exploration and fitness. Check out the apps and gadgets we have recommended below that will help children in your care on their fitness and wellbeing journey.

 

GoNoodle Kids

For all the dance lovers, here’s a great app to get you up and moving! GoNoodle has hundreds of videos that get you running, jumping, dancing and stretching!

Geocaching

Ever fancied going on a real life treasure hunt? Geocaching allows you to explore your surroundings like you never have before!

Mover Kit

The Mover Kit is worn around the wrist like a watch. It encourages children to learn basic coding skills AND to be more active!

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness

Posted: March 23, 2018 | Admin

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In 2016/17, Childline delivered 2,132 counselling sessions about child sexual exploitation (CSE) online, which includes online grooming, online sexual harassment and engaging in sexually explicit activity online.

Inspired by the recent CSE Awareness Day we released a series of video briefings from our CEO Jim Gamble QPM, to raise awareness about Child Sexual Exploitation. Read on and watch the videos below to gain a better understanding of what to look for, if you think a child is a victim of CSE.

Introduction to CSE

When we are talking about Child Sexual Eploitation, let’s be clear; we are talking about child abuse.

Predators

Predators will groom and flatter a vulnerable young person. They may shower them with compliments or gifts or extend the hand of friendship – the greatest gift of all. Predators will then indoctrinate a child and manipulate them into behaving in a way that goes against their character or nature.

Facebook Scandal – Did you fall for it?

Posted: March 23, 2018 | Admin

Have you ever filled in a quiz on Facebook? If so, you may have made yourself vulnerable.

Recently, it became clear that Cambridge Analytica, a data analytics company, got access to more than 50 million Facebook users’ data in 2014. The data was overwhelmingly collected, shared, and stored without explicit user consent.

Make no mistake: this was not a data breach.

The scale of this violation of user privacy reflects how Facebook’s terms of service were structured at the time. Cambridge Analytics created a ‘personality quiz’ through their app ‘thisisyourdigitallife’, which was allowed the company to harvest millions of Facebook profiles and tell which users would be best suited for which ads.

This harvesting meant they collected data including things you ‘liked’ on the site and any public information users may have permitted in their privacy settings.

It didn’t even require photos, status updates or comments to build up a picture of a user’s race, gender, sexual orientation – and, says The Observer, it could even predict even “intelligence and childhood trauma” or “vulnerability to substance abuse”.

The Cambridge Analytica former employee and now whistle-blower, Christopher Wylie stated;

“We exploited Facebook to harvest millions of people’s profiles. And built models to exploit what we knew about them and target their inner demons.”

Who is Cambridge Analytica?

Founded in 2014 by billionaire called Robert Mercer, it developed a technique to use Facebook data from personality quizzes to compile an algorithm that personally profiled and targeted voters in the USA. Christopher Wylie was one of the ‘masterminds’ behind its operation.

How did they get so much data?

Through a personality quiz, they were able to work out what people like and dislike based on their quiz results and other available data.

If you were friends with someone who took the quiz – which paid American Facebook users to participate – then that friend would have consented for your data (your likes, dislikes and other publicly available information) to also have been shared. This fact was only stated in the Terms and Conditions
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No personal data such as your password will have been accessed.

 

Why did they collect this data?

Cambridge Analytica were able to craft detailed profiles based on limited Facebook data, and were able to match it with voter records – because to take the quiz, you had to be an eligible US voter.

The company knew who you were likely to vote for, but it also knew how to adapt its advertising to change your mind.

Allegedly, this helped the company specifically target and influence groups of the electorate on social media; particularly during Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign. Where more than 100 targeted adverts were sent every day, targeted to groups such as ‘working mothers concerned about childcare”.

Did you know that most of Trump’s campaign money was spent on Facebook? $85 million dollars to be exact!

However, the company has denied that it harvested Facebook data, and said that it didn’t use any Facebook information during the 2016 presidential election. It has also said that it complied with Facebook’s terms of service and no longer has the data it received from the quiz.

Do you need to worry?

If you are not a registered voter in the USA, your personal information has not been hacked or stolen in this scandal. This mis-use of data only targeted US voters.

To avoid this kind of data breach being used to target you, you need to be very careful about the data permissions you give to your connected apps – but even if you do that, you’re still at risk of your friends offering your data to third parties when they give their apps certain permissions.

To see which information Facebook holds on you, visit your Ad Preferences page and click on ‘Your Categories’

Look after your own safety and share this article with your friends so they understand what happened too. The reality of this is that it is scary and creepy that your platforms can tell this much information about you, but while people live through social media and sites allow companies access to so much of our data, this will continue to happen.

Advertising and data are not only an issue within Facebook, over the coming days and months, it is likely more stories of this nature will appear, and it will become part of the digital age we live in. Stay vigilant of who you give access to your data – and don’t take everything you see online as the truth. Do some research, build an educated opinion.

To learn more about how to set strict privacy settings on Facebook, visit our h2b safety centre.

Kik: 10 things you need to know

Posted: March 7, 2018 | Admin

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As a parent or professional are you aware of the features of Kik and why it is often a predators #1 choice?

With so many messaging services available to children and young people, it is hard to pinpoint which particular apps can make the children who use them vulnerable.

Kik-logo-med copyOne app whose name frequently crops up in relation to cases regarding child grooming and child sexual exploitation is Kik.

Download and share your free eBooklet

Download our new resource ’10 things to know about Kik’ in order to expand your knowledge to help keep the children and young people in your care safer.

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World Book Day – INEQE’S Childhood Favourites

Posted: March 1, 2018 | Admin

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Today is World Book Day, to mark this we asked our staff what their favourite childhood books were; perhaps you’ve read some of them, if not why don’t you give them a try!

Hannah – Head of Safety and Content
Adventures of Tintin, Hergé,

As a child I loved the Adventures of Tintin, the intrepid boy-reporter created by the Belgian220px-The_Adventures_of_Tintin_-_20_-_Tintin_in_Tibet graphic artist Hergé. I loved the thrilling world of adventure, humour and intrigue. My favourite character is Captain Haddock because he’s silly, a bit nutty, flawed and ultimately a loyal friend to Tintin!

One of my favourite books is Tintin in Tibet. One day Tintin reads about a plane crash in the Himalayas. When he discovers that his friend, Chang, was on board, Tintin travels to the crash site in hopes of a rescue.  In later adult life there was nothing was more exciting than travelling overseas to work in the Himalayas where I could create my own experiences and memories.

As a child the Tintin books offered an escape to a thrilling worldof adventure; in adulthood, they provide an effortless return to the comfort zone of youth.

 

Emma – Digital Media and Online Safety Officer
Double Act by Jacqueline Wilson
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This book is about two identical twins, Ruby and Garnet. They are ten years old and live with their dad and grandma. They have their own secret language and don’t need to make friends in school because they have each other. Their father gets a new girlfriend and a new job – this means moving and leaving grandma. Everything in their world gets turned upside down.

I liked this book the most because it shows how you leave childhood behind and grow up out of your childhood years, making new friends and moving forward.

I liked both the twins as they both became very different as they grew up. Out of both of them I would pick Ruby as my favourite as she was boisterous, brave and not afraid to speak up and out loud. She ultimately has a heart of gold.

 

Alison – Digital Media and Online Safety Officer
Famous Five by Enid Blyton
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The five (including Timmy the dog) always seem to stumble across a mystery, adventure or some lost treasure. I read all the books in primary school and couldn’t wait to find out what their next adventure would be!

My favourite book in the series was ‘Five on a Treasure Island’ set on Kirren island, which has secret caves, an old castle, dungeons and a shipwreck. Here the five discover the lost gold from the shipwreck, however they can’t let the gold fall into the hands of the thieves who are trying to steal it!

My favourite character in the books is George as she is clever, strong and courageous and was just as good at solving mysteries as the boys.

 

Tory – Digital Media and Online Safety Officer
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

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While this might be considered a children’s book, it actually resonated with me more when I graduated from university. It’s a fabulous book that can sit on your shelf from age 1 to age 91 and provide (perhaps, some much-needed!) encouragement at any point in your life.

“On and on you will hike,
And I know you’ll hike far
 and face up to your problems
 whatever they are.”

 

 

Tara – Youth Advisor
Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson
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Set in Victorian times, Hetty is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at a hospital for abandoned children. Hetty experiences a lot of heartbreak at the hospital and begins to search for her birth mother. Hetty becomes a bright spark in a dull, hard world.

This book was my favourite because I learnt about what life would be like for a child who has no rights and how harsh daily living was for people in the past. It made me grateful to be a child in the 21st Century.

You laugh and cry along with Hetty. Hetty was my favourite character as she is vibrant, boisterous and never stopped fighting for a better future.

 

Dan – Web Developer
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-coverThe story is about a young boy named Charlie Bucket, who (along with 4 others) won a trip to look inside the chocolate factory of mysterious owner, Willy Wonka.

This book is filled with thrilling adventures and storylines, and not to mention lots of sweets and chocolate; as a child it let my imagination run wild.

My favourite character is Willy Wonka, whose lines are engaging and funny.

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World Book Day Resources

Posted: February 22, 2018 | Admin

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As professionals we know that reading develops language skills, concentration, empathy, imagination creativity… the list goes on. In short, reading is one of the foundations to producing happy, intelligent children who are equipped with the knowledge to succeed.

That’s why we at INEQE support World Book Day and with it being just around the corner on the 1st of March, grab the opportunity and check out these resources produced from the fantastic organisation behind it all.

There are lesson plans, guides and activity sheets to mark the occasion catering for all ages from nursery to secondary aged children.

To download click here or on the button below.

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Safer Internet Day Is A Smokescreen: A Jim Gamble Blog

Posted: February 15, 2018 | Admin

sidblogHow have government invested in the resources that keep us all safe? The answer is they simply haven’t.

Batten down the hatches for the white noise that is Safer Internet Day 2018, and the smokescreen of a challenge to industry that hides this government’s failure to invest in our collective online safety.

The fact is it’s easy to attack the all-encompassing internet industry. When it wasn’t easy, ie in the beginning, many people simply didn’t challenge what was a new, venture capital-funded, and fledgling group of startups. The seduction of the technology itself was exciting and the complexities and unintended consequences too much for many to contemplate, let alone understand.

The irony is that it’s now populist to turn on the internet companies, even those like Facebook who have made significant improvements.

What’s wrong online is driven by the behaviour of people and, when it comes to bad behaviour, people never fail to disappoint.

Moderating behaviour is a responsibility of government – they have the authority and in fact a duty to keep us ‘all’ (and the public spaces we occupy, including those created by industry) safe.

This is something they’ve simply failed to do. The government would rather throw insults at the online industry and confusing statistics at the public than get their own act together.

We are told that in the last few years there’s been a 700% increase in reports (the majority of which actually come from industry) of potentially harmful online activity in the UK.

icons8-question_shieldSo how have government invested in the resources that keep us all safe; beyond ‘cheap’ rhetoric? The answer is they simply haven’t.

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Jim Gamble, Home Affairs Committee. 12th October 2010

When I gave evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee in 2010, CEOP had a budget of £12.5million. When I gave evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) this year CEOP was receiving £14.5million; £10million of which comes from the seemingly elastic ‘WePROTECT’ money.

Safeguarding children is led by two key principles; the application of professional curiosity and respectful challenge. We must ask this government the difficult questions and challenge them to lead by example.

The most frustrating fact however, is that no-one is actually challenging them on their level of real investment. Not even the army of so-called internet safety experts. From the big children’s charities to the one man or woman bands, being popular with government (or at least not at odds with them) is the easy option. It’s the new cop-out.

icons8-welfareThere is so much the government could do beyond demonising industry. They could start by simply taxing or licensing internet companies to fund the education, social care and policing resources needed to make our online lives safer.

If ultimately they cannot stomach a new tax or opening the public purse, they must at the very least open their closed minds, step outside their current comfort zone and actively consider creative new approaches like vetted and trained volunteer digital detectives.

The internet is integrated into every aspect of our lives, so continuing to treat it as novel is part of the problem. On the day we celebrate the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote it might have been wise to have focused Safer Internet Day on the continuing struggle for equality; critically the part the online world plays when it comes to the bullying and harassment of women. That however would have required some thought and planning, not the simple default to the same old, same old.

I won’t hold my breath. In fact I doubt anything will actually be heard in the mishmash of messages, strap-lines, hashtags, sound bites and press releases that Safer Internet Day has become.

You’ve probably tuned out already.

This post originally appeared on HuffPost UK on February 6th 2018.

25 Punny Phrases for Your Valentine

Posted: February 14, 2018 | Admin

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Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love and the perfect day to remind your loved ones how much you care. Why not surprise someone you love with one of these puns?

It could be your mum, dad, carer, brother, sister, best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend or simply someone who you think deserves a smile today.

I’m batty about you !

If you were a triangle, you’d be acute one.

You’ve stolen a pizza my heart

I wheely like you

You are turtley awesome

Bee mine?

I’m nuts about you

I doughnut know what I’d do without you

You’re my Boo!

You’re dino-mite!

Owl always love you.

You are pre-tea cute!

I think you’re super

You take up so mushroom in my heart!

Time fries when I’m with you

I won’t go bacon your heart

You’re my purr-son

Orange you glad we are friends?

I soda think you’re cute

I’m so glad we’re in the same school!

You are my fur-vourite

I’m bananas for you

I am toad-illy yours

I’ll always pick you

I would quack up without you

 

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