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Cybersafe is in app stores now!

*** Please play our game and support our cause to stamp out cyberbullying! ***
Cybersafe is an app created by students from Goffs School UK to help children deal with cyberbullying through gaming.
This app contains 3 fun mini games – each tackling a different issue chosen by the students.

We are really ‘excite-ed’ that the Big Lottery funded Cybersafe’s production and that we have the chance to help our peers on a global scale.

Social enterprises are using technology to innovate and educate. Photograph: Alamy

Excite-ed aid innovation in education

New technology is an area that is arguably easier for a small social enterprise to innovate than an entire school or local authority. Excite-Ed was launched by Julia Bateson in 2011, following training at the School for Social Entrepreneurs after her redundancy as a local authority adviser for study support and extended learning. Excited-Ed works within schools helping children (and teachers) create computer games that teach both digital and social skills. Bateson said: “Everyone can see the pace, growth and influence of digital and social media and as a former teacher and a parent to two young children I felt passionate about creating a social enterprise that would empower children in schools to apply their digital ‘expertise’ in the form of learner led innovation.”
Read more of The Guardian’s feature on Excite-ed CIC

One in five children bullied online says NSPCC

Almost one in five children who use social networking sites suffered a negative experience last year, research by children’s charity the NSPCC shows.

This included bullying, unwanted sexual messages, cyber stalking and feeling pressure to look a certain way.

The NSPCC also said a “large number” of users of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were under the minimum age of 13.

A full report of the survey of 1,024 11 to 16-year-olds from across the UK will be published in November.

The survey also showed that the most common bad experiences among children were bullying and trolling.

This involves insulting or intimidating others, usually under a pseudonym, to provoke a reaction.

“This is something that must be tackled before it gets out of hand”
Claire Lilley, NSPCC safer technology expert

‘Feeling isolated’
The NSPCC said the survey was commissioned because of increased concern around what children and young people were being exposed to on the internet.
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Cybersafe features at Playtest UK Event

Excite-ed’s latest app – Cybersafe, was tested by a number of experienced playtesters at a Playtest UK event in London earlier today.
Cybersafe app, designed and developed with students at Goffs School, received great feedback. “Love the concept… good use of games…would start good conversation.” Jazz Ausha, developer and tester. Cybersafe will be launched in July 2013. Watch this cyberspace!

child with ipad iphone

Mobiles and tablets are helpful and interesting tools

Kids who are interacting with the screen get better much faster, make fewer mistakes and learn faster” Heather Kirkorian
University of Wisconsin
Research from the University of Wisconsin, presented at a meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development this week, found that children aged between two and three were more likely to respond to video screens that prompted children to touch them than to a video screen that demanded no interaction.