Kategori: Kids and media

How to block ads on your child’s devices

For many years it has been possible not to watch advertising while surfing internet. But now there are advertisements on almost every site you visit. Here we will explain how you can easily remove those ads from your kids' digital devices using ad blockers.

YouTube: All you need to know to make it kid-friendly

YouTube is a video streaming service that provides access to a sea of content. However, it can be characterized by a lot of advertising as well as videos that are not suitable for children. In this article, we’ll show you how you can customize YouTube for kids with parental settings. The YouTube app is marked “parental guidance” by PEGI and 17+ years in the App Store.

What are YouTube Shorts?

Inspired by TikTok for sharing short video clips, YouTube has introduced Shorts. This is what parents should know about the new feature on YouTube.

Movie tip: Invite a Ukrainian family to movie night

Do you have a Ukrainian family in the neighborhood in Norway? How about inviting a movie night for the kids or maybe the whole family? Netflix has now incorporated Ukrainian text and speech on some titles, allowing you to watch films with Norwegian or English text and Ukrainian speech, for example. Read our film tips here!

Parents warned against the mobile app Sendit

In several parts of Norway, the messaging app Sendit has become popular among younger children even though the age limit is 17 years. The app links up with Snapchat and can send messages anonymously, which has led to bullying.

Educational apps and games for children

Here we have collected a number of apps and games that children can use to learn something. Topics are mathematics, nature, problem-solving, empathy, music, construction, sensible use of the internet, and the like.

How to talk to children about scary news

On social media and the internet, children and young people see news of war, accidents, and disasters that can be perceived as frightening. Here's how to talk to your kids about the topic.

Police online patrol in Norway

The Norway police's online patrols can be found on several of the major social media sites. You can ask them questions or tip-off any criminal offence. Here we have listed links where one can find the online police.

Do children have their own digital rights?

A greater part of Europe has obtained better digital rights in recent years, for example through the GDPR. Children are specially mentioned in the rules. However, in schools, parents are kept at arm's length digital distance.

Games and apps that foster empathy and understanding 

Get tips for games and apps that generate compassion and increase awareness on important topics. In these apps, you can learn about the life of a sixteen-year-old refugee or take care of an adopted child's physical and mental health. 

New EU rules on digital rights

According to the new EU legislative proposal (Digital Service Act - DSA) adopted in the EU Parliament in January 2022, direct marketing by targeting children is not allowed. It gives both adults and children more digital rights.

In Norway: Municipalities and schools lag on privacy

The association Kins works with data security in Norwegian municipalities. Recently, the association submitted comments to the Privacy Commission. The EU is also tightening its grip to provide citizens, especially children, more digital rights. What will digital school solutions be like in a few years?

What can parents decide in the digital school system?

The digital teaching system of the schools has a lot of good things, but at the same time, there are some features that not all parents think are perfectly ok. As a parent i Norway, you cannot object to the core services in the school solution. But you can say no to other school apps if they collect personal information.

More hate online than in the schoolyard?

The temperature can get quite high on social media sometimes, and young people have different ways of dealing with ugly comments. We've had a conversation with three eighth-graders.

Police can confiscate children’s phones

In Norway, the minimum age for a charge against criminal offense is 15 years. Nevertheless, police can take away the phones of younger children if they are used to store or share nude photos of someone under 18.

Teach your children how to take screen evidence online

Here we will show you how to take a picture or video of the screen on mobiles, computers, and game consoles. Gather evidence of cyberbullying, malicious content, or crime. The screenshots can be sent to the police, school, or app developer depending on the case.

Hate Speech: It is more difficult for immigrant children to stay away.

In this internet era, when the world has turned into a global village, hate speech has found its stronghold more than ever. What has happened in a far corner of a country is easily reached to the whole world, and everybody, even who does not have a stake in that event, wants to give their opinion, often without a clear understanding of it.

How to deal with children’s screen time?

Some parents worry about both the number of hours and what their children might miss when they pass a lot of time on the screen. Here you will get some good advice and considerations from psychologist Jeanette Sjaaeng.

Everything parents should know about YouTube

YouTube has a tremendous influence among children and adolescents, both positively and negatively. Here we’ll show how parents can reduce the risk of their children being exposed to harmful content and unwanted advertising.

10 movies and TV shows your kids shouldn’t watch on Netflix

Netflix is a fantastic source of entertainment and positive content for the whole family, but there is also a lot that is not suitable at all for kids. Here we give an insight into some titles with bloodshed, severed body parts, zombies, uninhibited drug abuse, and worse.

A list of fact-checkers from around the world

Do you live in Norway but are originally from another country? Do your children read news from your home country? We here have a list of fact-checkers from different countries in the world.

Give your children self-defence lesson against the algorithms

Digital actors collect information about all of us and use those to control what each individual gets to see online like videos, friend suggestions, and search results in apps and browsers. Tell the children that they are leaving traces that in turn affect what they are served.

What is a metaverse?

A Metaverse is a digital meeting place that is perceived more realistically with the use of holograms, VR glasses, and avatars. This is the internet of the future, and something is already here.

Norway is going to copy EU digital rules

DSA: Recently, the European Parliament adopted new digital rights for EU citizens. The new legislative proposal gives special protection to children. Digital service providers must make several changes to their services in order to comply with the law. The rules will be copied into Norwegian laws.

Norwegian children are very happy with their life

Despite more than a year of pandemic and restrictions, the ‘Ungdata Junior’ survey from October 2021 paints a positive picture of children and adolescents’ conditions of upbringing. The majority of children report having good lives, a good self-image, satisfaction in school, and good relationships with friends and parents. Leisure time is characterized by sports and active screen use.

How bad a conscience should I really feel?

Let's be honest. Being a parent is no joke. It is one thing to manage the task just fine when everyday life rolls and goes with its routines. But when it comes to an all-consuming pandemic that puts everything to the test, it doesn't make the job any easier.