Net Nanny Review

Net Nanny Review

Protecting Your Children Online with Net Nanny If you have read other articles on the Savvy Surfer website, you will know some of the dangers that your kids can be exposed to online. My take has always been that parents should take responsibility for educating their...
When Is The Best Time For My Kids To Own A Phone?

When Is The Best Time For My Kids To Own A Phone?

I was recently asked by a Savvy Surfer reader when is the best time to allow your child to own a mobile phone.  The answer is in many ways a rather unsatisfactory “it depends”. It is widely accepted that there is no real ‘best’ age that is...
Teach your Child to Create a Strong Password

Teach your Child to Create a Strong Password

One of the first things you will need to teach your child when they set up their first email – or social media – account, is about the importance of using a strong, secure password and keeping it safe.   This means teaching them how to create a strong...
Childhood Obesity – Is Technology To Blame?

Childhood Obesity – Is Technology To Blame?

One subject that you can guarantee will get a heated reaction from me is when discussing the advertising strategies of the fast food and fizzy drinks industry. I have to admit that it’s often very cleverly done – some of the advertisements have such a ‘feel-good...
Being Savvy About Backing Up Your Data

Being Savvy About Backing Up Your Data

I write this article feeling rather shame-faced. I, Sarah – the supposed “Savvy Surfer” – almost lost all of my data from my computer recently, because I had failed to back it up properly. My computer spectacularly crashed earlier this week when I plugged...
First Steps Towards Research Skills

First Steps Towards Research Skills

With zillions of online information sources available, how do we teach kids to evaluate what is trustworthy and what is rubbish? Savvy Surfer welcomes our first guest post from a woman who knows all about online research, a journalist with a background in information...
Recommendations for “Sharenters”

Recommendations for “Sharenters”

It is known as Sharenting” – or “oversharenting” –  and it refers to parents who share posts and pictures online of their children – in many cases without understanding the consequences of doing so. In our first post in the series, we looked at what...
Are you guilty of “sharenting”?

Are you guilty of “sharenting”?

The first in a 3-part series on “Sharenting”, today we find out what it is and the reasons why parents do it. As I start to write this article, I must first confess that my current Facebook profile picture is a picture of my daughter – and in the...