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What you are worried about when it comes to children online

This month, we asked you to tell us what concerns you the most about kids being online. We’d like to thank those of you who took time out to complete our short survey. Your answers will help us to improve the blogs, and other resources we provide on the eebudee website and Facebook page.

Here is what you told us.

What are your greatest concerns?

Based on the data, we discovered that exposure to adult themes was the biggest concern amongst respondents. Online predators was your second biggest worry and cyber bullying was rated as the third least important issue to respondents.

  • 57.7% of respondents were located in Australia.
  • 36.5% of respondents were located in the US.
  • 3.8% of respondents were located in Canada.
  • 1.9% did not specify where they were located.

The graph* below illustratesindicates what concerned youparents the most. To give you some context, we have also included the question respondents were asked to answer.

Question: When it comes to your child’s safety and wellbeing, what issues concern you the most? Please rank the list below in order of highest to lowest concern.

For example: 1= What concerns you the most. 6= What concerns you the least.

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* Survey results generated by SurveyMonkey

Do you monitor your kids online?

Our second question related to whether you have any system or systems in place to manage your child’s screen time. 58.33% of respondents said yes, while 41.67% said no.

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* SURVEY RESULTS GENERATED BY SURVEYMONKEY

We then went on to ask those who did how they managed their child’s screen time. Many of you used timers to ensure your kids didn’t spend too long on devices, while others professed to struggle with finding the right method for monitoring screen time.

Here are some of the responses we received.

  • I use parental controls. 
  • Limits in terms of time available to use for gaming. No hooking up with other friends etc. to play games online. 
  • I use a timer and make them tell me what they are doing online before I hand over the device. They know to check in with me if something seems different. Mostly screen time is in the lounge room but if it is in their rooms I randomly check in. My kids are 8 and 11. All this will change when my eldest gets a phone soon. 
  • We only allow gaming on school holidays and have a limit of about 45 minutes of screen time during term, unless it’s for homework. 
  • Xbox or Netflix, 3 hours daily maximum. 
  • No iPad during the week. Locked away when not in use. 
  • Block out times where no devices are permitted; all devices out of bedrooms especially at night time. 
  • They get half an hour after school and we use a timer. No social media. Anyone they don’t know or I don’t know is to be considered a stranger. 
  • At this stage, I just keep them active with sports and friends. Also, we turned off our home Internet so we only have it on our phones now! We go to the library for homework. We’ll have Wi-Fi again soon though. 
  • Children can earn up to two hours a day doing chores above and beyond their everyday chores. 

Conclusion

The respondents, who did have monitoring methods in place for their kids, appear to use a number of different strategies. This aligns with our view that every approach to monitoring kids online should be tailored to your particular family dynamic.

Finding out what works best for your family may mean trialing a few methods, and then settling on one or a couple that are effective.

In saying this, we can see that using timers is a popular method amongst the people who answered our survey. Communication between parents and kids seemed to be widespread too.

Given most social media experts tout open communication as the most effective strategy for reducing risk for young kids online, we think you’re all doing exceptionally well!

Share your comments

If you’d like to share your opinion about monitoring kids online, or any other topic relating to helping keep kids safe on social media, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

Once again, thanks for taking the time to complete our survey. Your feedback is very important to us!

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How you can help to prevent youth suicide in Australia

At eebudee, we are passionate about supporting children and young people in Australia. This is why eebudee is raising funds for zero2hero, a not-for-profit organisation, which seeks to prevent youth suicide by raising awareness among children and young people.

Suicide affects more young people than you may expect. In fact, the World Health Organisation states that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death amongst 15 to 29 year olds worldwide (global data recorded in 2012).

Make a different to youth suicide in Australia

This month, eebudee is auctioning off a Kookaburras playing shirt, signed by every member of the Australian Olympic Men’s Hockey team. All proceeds raised during the auction will go to zero2hero.

eebudee hero and captain of the Australian men’s hockey team, Mark Knowles, kindly helped us to organise this special fundraising event. We would like to thank Mark and the Kookaburras for their support. And of course zero2hero, for the amazing work they do supporting young people at risk of suicide.

If you’d like to be a part of the auction, please Like our Facebook page for fresh updates.

More about zero2hero

zero2hero is an Australian not-for-profit organization, whose vision is to ensure every child and young person is educated and empowered to effectively deal with mental health issues.

Their approach is about empowering children and young people with inspiring speakers, hands-on camps and activities that raise awareness in a tangible way. We are proud to be supporting this wonderful charity. For more information, please visit their website.

Get inside updates from Mark Knowles at the Rio Olympics

Australian Kookaburras Captain Mark Knowles is posting fresh updates to his own eebudee Fridge. Check out what he’s sharing and leave a comment by double clicking on his photo or post!

Find out more

Our Safe Social Media for Kids Facebook page is a community for parents in Australia and the US, who want insights into raising mentally healthy children in this new social media world. We are about supporting one another, and sharing information that empowers parents and other family members too.

Connect with us and become part of the conversation.

Kate Beveridge

eebudee Hero Kate Beveridge talks social media pressure

We spoke with Kate Beveridge, netball star of WA team West Coast Fever and eebudee Hero, about how she handles the pressure to get Likes on social media, and her methods for balancing screen time with real world experiences.

eebudee: What are you up to at the moment with your netball career?

Kate Beveridge: We are halfway through our season; we’ve just come off the bi-weekend, which was awesome. I think it was perfect timing for us because we’ve dropped the last couple of games and so we’ve got, not a tough road ahead, but we have 5 remaining games in the season. So it’s a really great opportunity to refresh, finish onwards and upwards, and hopefully finish the season off firing and make our second finals, which would be awesome.

eebudee: You’re a very active person! Do you have any tips for balancing physical activity with spending time on screens?

Kate Beveridge: Fortunately I play netball, so I have to turn up every day and train, so for me, luckily enough, the motivational factor comes out of it because I’m paid to be there. On the flipside of that I love turning up to training because, you know, I play a team sport, and those who play a team sport can understand that turning up and getting to run around on a court with 11 truly other amazing women is really cool.

Being physically active is something I do most days, if not every day, because it’s one of my jobs. On the flipside of that I sometimes get caught up with wasting time on social media and also television. So I’ve forced a couple of television free days, where before I go to bed I just read. And because I love to read and you know, I tend to read about things I’m interested in at the time, so for me that’s stuff like psychology and trauma affected brain development, so I’m reading some really interesting stuff at the moment. I think you can just get into the habit of going to bed and putting on trash like reality TV or whatever.

I don’t know how young people these days get through with how much social media is in their everyday lives. It’s just become a part of what they do. Like they’re forever on their phone and I feel like often their personal identity is derived from how many Likes they get on a photo, which is ridiculous.

Not that it needs to something enforced, but certainly for me you know, I needed to take a look at myself and say ‘hey, I don’t need to be watching television every night before I go to bed’, I should be reading and continuing to develop my own brain and learning new things, which I think is important.

eebudee: Did you ever get caught up in Likes or Followers on social media?

Kate Beveridge: No, I don’t think I’ve ever been one to get caught up in Likes or things like that. While my Instagram page isn’t very netball focused, it’s still a part of being a sportsperson somewhat; that you have an open Instagram page that people can come and have a look at, so you need to be careful of what you put up on it.

For me, mine’s not really about building my brand at all, whereas for some other sports people it’s really important for building their brand. But I can totally understand how people do get caught up in that and how it can quite detrimental to younger people who don’t understand the workings of it and how it’s marketed.

It really means nothing that you have 100 likes as opposed to somebody else that has 14 likes, but I can understand how that can be really difficult. I’m a little bit older so I didn’t have Facebook at school. Facebook became big here when I was at university so I never had to deal with Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, which has such an impact with online bullying. So I didn’t have to be affected by that in high school and I can see how it would be terrifying to some people, and how bullying is so easily accessible.

eebudee: Anything else you’d like to share?

Kate Beveridge: I just think in today’s current world, particularly with things like SnapChat and being on social media, I think sometimes people forget that it’s there forever. And you know, to be careful who can see what you’re posting and how long they can access it for. Is it going to affect you for future employment opportunities, or can people see your location?

In today’s world we’re very much getting wrapped up with children growing up with a phone in their face because their parents are SnapChatting them. Just getting back to the basics of what is really important in life, and spending time with our friends and family face to face, if you can, as obviously some people can’t do that.

But I think somehow we’ve allowed technology to replace that face-to-face contact with each other, which removes from that actual contact. Obviously social media can be used in a really positive way, which is obviously what eebudee is all about. That’s what I’m really excited about, having a safe hub for families to get together and be able to share information is really important.

Get a signed West Coast Fever Dress

Kate’s netball team is donating a West Coast Fever dress signed by the whole team, which will be auctioned by us for charity.

To find out how you can bid on the dress, please Like our Facebook page, Safe Social Media for Kids, or check back on our website!