We would like to introduce you to Space Safe. We are a company dedicated to educating and empowering the community in the positive use of online technology. Space Safe was developed by Amanda Nella, a Digital Forensic Investigator and Gail Rose a Primary School teacher, in response to the growing issues surrounding increased online use by students. Our underlying ethos is that technology is here to stay and is an inherently positive aspect of our word today. The difference between safe and unsafe experiences online relate directly to its application, therefore education is the key to creating responsible digital citizens. We have a host of offerings for schools, aimed at educating Staff, Parents and Students on Cyber Safety and related issues. These are conducted through a variety of workshops, talks or programmes as well as social media and other online communications.
Gaming, how much of an issue is it? A recent discussion on addiction to online gaming has reinforced the need to evaluate the role that gaming plays in the lives of our children. A colleague recently shared the impact that gaming has had on her family. What began with harmless downtime for her son in Primary school, escalated through the teen years into addiction. Due to his incessant online gaming at work, he has just been disciplined, placed on warning and as a result of having his hard drive removed been relocated to adifferent position. From a mother’s perspective, the isolation of a teenage boy from the outside world together with increased moodiness and socialproblems is heart breaking. As a teacher the lack of educational engagement, sleep deprivation and limited social interatction is of great concern. More