Family Friendly HQ, the Packed.House-owned website has teamed up with CyberSafeIreland to launch an online wellbeing hub for parents to help them navigate the online world with their children in a safe and fact-based way.
The new hub provides a range of tools and advice to empower parents and children to navigate the online world and covers topics like social media, privacy and security and cyberbullying.
Research carried out by the website shows 37% of parents admitted to their child having at least one smart device and 54% used a smartphone. However, 29% of parents do not have parental controls on the devices while 34% did not know the passwords to their child’s social media accounts. Some 21% said their children do not allow them on their smart device.
According to head of content development at Packed.House, Mairead Cahalan: “While we began planning this initiative some time ago, it could not be more relevant and useful to parents during these lockdown times. Now more than ever children are using devices with access to the internet and it is crucial parents are up to speed on the potential dangers online, to protect their child’s wellbeing. We are delighted to team up with CyberSafeIreland to help parents feel empowered and informed and to support them to ensure their child’s online safety and wellbeing is looked after.”
Head of education & innovation at Cyber Safe Ireland, Philip Arneill, adds: “We are thrilled to be associated with the new Online Wellbeing hub on Family Friendly HQ. It is our mission to empower children, parents, and teachers to navigate the online world in a smarter, safer way. At a time when children and parents are online more than ever, this gives us another platform to drive awareness of the positive uses of technology, as well as mitigating its inherent risks through ongoing education.”