There is no doubt that children’s use of technology is increasing dramatically. According to Ofcom’s latest report, the amount of time children spend online has more than doubled since 2005, with 67% of children aged between 5 and 7 and 91% of 8 to 11 year olds now having access to the internet.

Technology is definitely not going away. It is so prolific and embedded with our everyday lives that it is only going to continue to evolve and become more prevalent, both at home and work. Therefore, rather than getting our children to disengage with technology, perhaps we should be encouraging them to embrace it while learning how to use it safely.

A key point to remember here is that the amount of time spent on a device isn’t the problem, it’s what is being viewed during that time. Therefore, online safety, rather than usage, is the more important issue. Technology is merely a tool that, like any other, can be misused. These problems didn’t just come about with the invention of technology, they’ve always existed. Therefore, we need to ensure that devices are being used responsibly. 

We also need to consider that children are actually using technology as a means of gaining information rather than misusing it. This could be to help them with homework or it could be to find information pertaining to any number of concerns they may have. The internet is just as full of bad information as it is good and perhaps children aren’t mature enough to be sceptical about what they see and do. This is where adult intervention and support needs to come in. It is the parent or guardians’ duty to direct children towards trusted portals where they can gain the information and support they need. For example, services like The Worrinots app. 

Children are digital natives who were born after the widespread adoption of digital technology. Today’s generation has grown up relying on the internet, computers and mobile devices and their early exposure to technology has given today’s young people a great advantage over previous generations. At Oakley Mobile, we believe that we should communicate with children in the way that they feel most comfortable; not view technology, or the need to share concerns online as a negative alternative to a face-to-face conversation, but one that meet the needs of the way our society is now evolving.

 

Children are actually using technology as a means of gaining information rather than misusing it. This could be to help them with homework or it could be to find information pertaining to any number of concerns they may have.

The internet is just as full of bad information as it is good and perhaps children aren’t mature enough to be sceptical about what they see and do. This is where adult intervention and support needs to come in. It is the parent or guardians’ duty to direct children towards trusted portals where they can gain the information and support they need. For example, services like The Worrinots App.

The information on The Worrinots App has been verified by an independent child psychologist and counsellor. When children are using The Worrinots App there are no links to external websites. The Worrinots App does not offer any advertising. Staff using the Guardian App will be able to track children’s usage, allowing accurate information to be available for Ofsted.

A key point to remember here is that the amount of time spent on a device isn’t the problem, it’s what is being viewed during that time. Therefore, online safety, rather than usage, is the more important issue.

Worrinots has been designed with security of data in mind, Oakley Mobile understand the sensitive nature of what is being entered and also the responsibility of how responses could influence a child’s behaviour. Oakley Mobile is a business that hosts a wealth of critical data with experience of secure and sensitive information. 

Oakley Mobile is registered under and works in line with the Data Protection Act. The company has security policies in place that are regularly updated as threats continue to evolve and that cover security governance, as well as standards for physical and logical security. The Worrinots and Wotnot apps communicate with BAASBox, which is a secure and scalable backend environment. Oakley has also ensured password encryption and full system, server and data storage security. Oakley Mobile has thought of every scenario, such as a guardian leaving, a device being lost or stolen, forgetting passwords, adding and removing devices, and has a security policy in place for each.

The sole aim of The Worrinots app is to help children communicate their fears, worries and anxieties in a way that is easy and accessible. The app encourages children to share their fears, worries and anxieties early on before they fester and become greater issues in later life. Based on recognised methods that are used by child psychologists, the app intends to reduce the chance of issues becoming deep-rooted, while avoiding any potential stigma. Empowering children with coping mechanisms, found on The Worrinots app, can give children a new found confidence and freedom to engage in activities outside the house.

The tips and tactics included in this app is very much in line with other global information widely available. The Worrinots app is completely secure and does not offer any external links that lead children to external web sites outside the app.

The Worrinots app and the tips & tactics have been viewed and verified by a child psychologist who is a member of the AChiPPP and a child, young person and adult counsellor who is a member of the MBACP.