TalkTalk reboots Brownie Computer badge
In many ways today's children are digital leaders with their intuitive understanding of digital tools, blogs and coding. Kids today access the internet at younger ages than ever before, with many getting their first smartphone at the age of nine.
Whilst this bodes well for creating a digitally-literate generation, it's crucial that children understand how to use technology effectively and safely, especially since social media sites are available to children as young as 13.
With internet safety being an issue close to TalkTalk's heart, we have been working alongside Girlguiding UK to give the Brownie Computer badge a reboot. Aimed at girls aged seven to ten, the Computer badge provides a fantastic opportunity to educate young girls on all the benefits the internet has to offer, whilst also providing tips and advice on keeping safe online.
The revised badge offers girls the chance to understand the age restrictions and risks that come with using social media, as well as getting to grips with blogging, emailing, making computers accessible to those with disabilities and using apps on a variety of platforms.
The importance of educating children at this age has been highlighted by new research, which shows that, while 83% of parents have talked to their children about how to stay safe online, 81% are unsure where to go to get good advice.
Our work on this project is a natural extension of HomeSafe, the UK's first whole-home security service. The badge also ensures girls are aware of how to protect their personal 'digital footprints' and are aware of the information that they share online.
We're confident that the new badge will help boost girls' online confidence and help them enjoy the internet safely.
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