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Free Online Safety Guide:
What Parents Need to Know About Zoom

There’s a good chance that you’ve heard of Zoom. In the space of a month, it’s become one of the most downloaded video conferencing apps in the world and has quickly gained millions of new users, including schools. But as with any video conferencing software or live streaming app, there can be a number of things to consider around security and privacy. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help parents and carers understand exactly what Zoom is all about.

Read on to get your free guide and to catch up on the latest online safety news. 



Zoom is a great way to speak live-time to multiple people in different locations. It’s almost become the software of choice for schools, workplaces and in the home. But what’s its main features? What should parents be aware of? And how can you protect your child’s privacy? Find out with this guide.

Created by cyber security expert, Emma Davis, this guide explores the main features that have made Zoom so popular and the key themes that parents need to know about. As always, the guide will also provide several useful tips for parents and carers to consider around ensuring a safer experience for their children. Click the button below to access your free guide now.


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Your Online Safety News

This week we’ve included news of WhatsApp’s attempts to fight fake news, popular video games promoting coronavirus safety advice and news of YouTube profiting off of fake Covid-19 news resources.

WhatsApp to impose new limit on forwarding to fight fake news

In a bid to tackle false Covid-19 news stories and slow the dissemination of fake news, WhatsApp is to impose a strict limit on message forwarding.


Pixel 4: Google addresses Face Unlock problem five months later

In response to reports that users could unlock their Google Pixel 4 phones even with their eyes closed, Google has updated the software in a bid to resolve the issue.


Coronavirus: Call for single EU tracking app with data protection

An EU watchdog has said that, with GDPR allowing for the processing of sensitive private data in the interest of public health, the EU should develop a single coronavirus app.


Coronavirus: Video games add 'stay at home' Covid-19 adverts

Some of the UK’s best selling video games, including Candy Crush Saga and Sniper Elite 4, are to begin displaying coronavirus safety advice.


YouTube profits from videos promoting unproven Covid-19 treatments

A new report has found that the popular video streaming service has been running ads on videos claiming to provide treatments for the virus.



Coronavirus: Twitter boss pledges $1bn for relief effort

The founder of Twitter and Square, Jack Dorsey, has stated that he’s going to donate 28% of his wealth ($1 billion) to fight the coronavirus pandemic.


Get Involved in #WakeUpWednesday

We believe all parents, carers, teachers and trusted adults should be empowered with the all the information needed to have informed and age-appropriate conversations about online safety with children. That's why, every Wednesday, we produce practical, easy to follow guides which focus on specific risks we think you need to be aware of. 

Is there a game, app or social network you would like us to cover? If so, please get in touch with us at any time.





Parents are overwhelmed – here’s how we can all help



As schools remain closed and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our lives, parents are faced with new challenges every day.

On top of disruptions to work routines, and social distancing, parents also have to manage their child's education – understandably, some are feeling overwhelmed.

Here Parent Zone’s CEO Vicki Shotbolt suggests we need to start celebrating ‘good enough’ rather than expecting too much.


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14 fantastic YouTube channels for children



YouTube can be a great source of education and entertainment – and in the current climate, that makes it a fantastic tool for keeping children occupied.

With thousands of channels to choose from, though, finding the best content for your child may seem like a daunting task.

Fortunately, there are plenty of child-friendly YouTube channels for your kids to get stuck into, and we’ve rounded up some of our favourites.


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What families need to know about Zoom



Despite having been around for almost a decade, few people had heard of Zoom before the COVID-19 outbreak – but the service has since seen an immense increase in sign-ups.

Here we look into what Zoom has to offer and whether it's a safe video chatting option for families.


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Facebook Portal: what is it and is it safe for families?



Facebook has launched Portal, a series of four devices offering smart displays (Portal, Portal Plus, Portal Mini, Portal TV) that provide video chat via Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. 

Is Facebook’s bid to compete in the newly popular video chat market any good? We put it through its paces to find out.


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Get free Parent Zone Membership until June



The COVID-19 situation is throwing new challenges at everyone – especially those of us who work with children and families.

In case you missed it, we're offering all schools and organisations free Parent Zone Membership until 19 June to ensure you have the most useful information and advice at your fingertips, whatever happens.

You'll have access to a library of exclusive materials written by our expert team at Parent Zone to support the families you work with through this difficult time – including resources specifically designed to help families deal with the new challenges posed by COVID-19 such as:

  • Talking to children and young people about COVID-19
  • Families' COVID-19 questions answered
  • What parents in lockdown need to know about digital resilience


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