Kategori: Kids and media

FIFA is marketing VISA and Adidas to kids in Roblox games

GAMES AND ADVERTISING: Children are exposed to advertising pressure from an early age. Now FIFA has launched a new football game in the Roblox Universe in partnership with Visa and Adidas. Elton John is also marketed with his own game there.

Review: BeReal

REVIEW: Social app attempts to facilitate the sharing of “real” everyday moments. Users are encouraged to share content at certain times during the day.

Omegle – website for video chat with random strangers

Omegle is an anonymous video chat website where you automatically connect to strangers. The terms of use require that you are 18 years old to use the service. Barnevakten Kids and Media advises against children and adolescents using Omegle.

Game week – good memories together

OCTOBER 17-23: In week 42, ‘Barnevakten’ invites all adults in Norway to play with the children. Create good memories. Sign up for our event and choose freely from a week of exciting content such as Minecraft building competitions, webinars, educational materials for schools, and more.

Instagram Review

Popular social media to share videos and photos with friends and the whole world using creative tools. Parents should be aware of parental settings that can make Instagram safer to use.

Five Roblox games you can test with your kids

Build and run a restaurant or amusement park with the kids. Play hide and seek or run through some crazy obstacle courses. Here are some Roblox game tips that you and your kids can play together.

How to set up a Chromebook for kids

With a Chromebook, children can visit websites, do homework, watch YouTube, and download apps and games from Google Play. With parental settings in place, you can block inappropriate websites and purchases and give your kids a customized YouTube experience.

Are movie and game ratings only for nervous parents?

Children should be allowed to be children. They should not have nightmares from watching scenes in movies and games where people are shot in the head and the blood spatters around. However, not everyone agrees with that.

TikTok Review

The popular and creative services of TikTok make it easy to watch and share short video clips with others. Parents should familiarize themselves with the settings to ensure children greater privacy and reduce harmful content.

Snapchat Review

Snapchat makes it easy to communicate with friends and groups with photos, text, and videos that “disappear” after viewing. Here we have provided some good advice and useful settings for the app.

Roblox: Game guide for parents and teachers

Roblox can be compared to Netflix or YouTube – but for games! Here kids and young people can log in and access thousands of games created by other users and professional game developers.

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.