Online Games For Your Children: Reviewing Roblox

What is Roblox?

Roblox is an online gaming platform where you can play games designed by other users and create and share your own games using Roblox’s proprietary game-developing tool. Once you sign up, you can play an infinite number of games, build and share creations, and chat with other users — all for free. If your kids are serious about Roblox, though, they’ll need Robux, and they’ll probably want to subscribe to the Builders Club, which provides additional features for a membership fee.

How does Roblox work?

Roblox offers two equally compelling modes: playing games and creating them. After registering, you have unrestricted access to both modes (however, most kids are just there to play). You can choose from a never-ending and continually evolving supply of creative and fun challenges in various categories, from shooters to murder mysteries to sports to fighting games. (Frustratingly, you can’t sort games by genre, so finding ones you like is often a process of trial and error.)

Or you can download Roblox Studio and work on building your own games. Gameplay can be uneven, but good creators tend to rise to the top of the feed. Some amateur developers use Roblox as a kind of portfolio to showcase their work for potential employers. For kids who are interested in creating their own games, Roblox offers a lot of instructions, a wiki, and a helpful player community. Creators can monetize their games to earn revenue, both by charging people to play their games and by offering pay-as-you-go in-game purchases — usually needed to get ahead in the game.

What age is Roblox for?

Roblox doesn’t specify a minimum age. Users of any age can create and join groups, chat, and interact with others. The company’s commitment to the theory of “constructivism,” which promotes the educational benefits of curiosity, designing, and building, is — in theory — appropriate for anyone who can navigate through a game. In practice, though, such an open approach can pose some risks to kids, especially younger ones. And though Roblox has some safety precautions in place, it remains a target of people with less-than-good intentions. Still, because of the learning potential Roblox offers, Common Sense Media rates it OK for users age 10+. We urge parents to help kids protect themselves by enabling privacy settings, teaching them how to recognize the methods that online predators use to win kids’ trust and exploit them, and showing kids how to report bad behavior and block users.

What is Robux?

Robux is Roblox’s in-game currency. You use them for a range of things, including special outfits or animations for your avatar, unique abilities in games, weapons, and other objects. There are different ways to get Robux: You can buy them, get them as part of your subscription, trade for them, or have someone donate some to you. You can also earn them by charging Roblox users to play games you’ve created and by charging for items in your games.

How much does Roblox cost?

Roblox uses a freemium/premium model. You can do a lot on Roblox for free, including play tons of games and use the Roblox Studio game builder. But doing anything beyond the basics, such as animating your avatar or buying and trading weapons, requires Robux. The company offers a range of subscription models in its Builders Club membership program: The “Classic” costs $5.95 per month or $57.95 annually; “Turbo” is $11.95 per month or $85.95 annually; and “Outrageous” is the priciest at $19.95 per month or $129.95 annually. You get a certain number of Robux daily depending on your subscription level.

Are there parental controls for Roblox?

Roblox offers account controls that let parents restrict how kids can interact on the site. You can control whether kids can be contacted, who can message them, and who can chat with them, and do a few other things in the contact settings. To enable these settings, you add your email address to your kid’s account and create a PIN that prevents kids from changing the settings back. The account controls are optional; kids of any age can create an account on Roblox with no parental restrictions. On accounts of kids under 13, Roblox automatically defaults to stricter settings, but a kid could change these if there’s no parent PIN.

Can you make real money from Roblox?

Yes, you can make real money on Roblox. In fact, dedicated creators can earn major bucks. Roblox offers a few different revenue-generating models, including charging others for access to games you create, charging incremental fees within your game, and trading rare items that other players are willing to pay for. To earn money, you have to be over 13, a member of the Outrageous Builders Club and have at least 100,000 Robux in your account. Then you can trade the Robux into the company for real money. 100,000 Robux is worth $350.

Is there chat on Roblox, and is it safe?

Roblox encourages users to interact through its Chat & Party function. All chat is filtered, which means inappropriate language is replaced by hashtag symbols. Chatting in accounts of kids under 13 is more heavily filtered. Roblox also employs human monitors who keep an eye out for inappropriate language and content.

What is “ODers” in Roblox?

“OD” stands for “online dater.” These are folks who join social networks, including gaming sites like Roblox, to find romantic partners. Games on Roblox can even be designed expressly for ODers. Roblox doesn’t explicitly forbid ODers, and ODers aren’t necessarily preying on kids. (They may be solely looking for other ODers.) Roblox’s monitors lookout for inappropriate conversations and content. And its community rules prohibit chat that’s sexual in nature. If your kid wants to use Roblox, it’s critical that you review online safety, such as how to identify potential predators, how to report and block users, and how to spot “grooming” behavior, which predators use to get their victims to trust them.

How do kids find out about Roblox?

If your kid likes Roblox, he or she can find lots of Roblox-related videos on popular gaming platforms such as Twitch, Miniclip, and YouTube Gaming. There are Let’s Plays — where gamers live-stream themselves playing Roblox games — as well as how-tos, news, and analysis by Roblox fanatics. Some of these videos have off-color language, so check out our YouTube guide for tips on keeping kids from overexposure to age-inappropriate content.

Are sexual predators a big problem on Roblox?

There are predators on Roblox, as there are many extremely popular social networks. Predators take advantage of Roblox’s easily accessible chat to target their victims. (All you have to do is sign up for Roblox to start chatting, and the Chat & Party window is featured on nearly every page of the site.) Roblox uses human monitors as well as technology to weed out the bad guys, but they still crop up occasionally. To avoid being contacted by a predator, and to play as safely as possible, kids should enable the most restrictive contact settings (found on the Privacy Settings page). You can prevent anyone from contacting you by turning off chat entirely or limiting interactions to only friends. You should coach your kids to not chat with people they don’t know (unless they can verify they’re actually a friend, or a friend of a friend, in real life) and do not accept private messages (PMs) from anyone they don’t know. Make sure they know never to give away personal information, trust their instincts if someone makes them uncomfortable, and never move a conversation to a different platform (a telltale predator red flag).

As a Common Sense Media School – we share information that helps parents create safe environments for their children around the ecosystem.




The Power of Enduring Difficult Processes

Endurance is the ability to tolerate an unpleasant or difficult process or situation without giving way.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”
Colossians 3:23 New International Version (NIV)

It is such an amazing feeling being on this side of the world ( I mean Kenya ), and alive at this time to see the world shine a spotlight on my motherland, Being celebrated for the right reasons because sometimes we can be a tad extreme. There are so many lessons to learn from Eluid Kipchoge the man who proved to the world that indeed “ No Man Is Limited.” I believe with God All Things Are Possible.

So over the last few months, I have affirmed that I am a First Move Advantage Person ( Go Figure ), and that means I am a trailblazer.

As I was watching in awe the documentaries and videos of Kipchoge over the last few days to the Ineos Challenge, I saw that there was a team of “ endurance experts” ( Google what they do ).

I remember asking, “ An endurance what? “ It was quite an interesting question since I am often on the receiving end of this question. Often when I introduce myself as a Family IT Consultant, people follow the introduction with a “What do you do” question, but that is a blog for another day. haha

I am encouraged that No Human Is Limited because our limits come only from thinking that we cannot accomplish something, and that is often dictated by a fellow human being.

The temptation of putting my alarm off as it blasted my ears this morning at 3:55 am was incredible. I mean, it is raining outside and the bed is so warm, I am sure I can pull 2 more dreams and 2 more hours.

But, I remember – Whatever I feed my mind, feeds my heart and eventually my hand ( I quote this in my training all the time ) and I told myself it is in the endurance that we find what we asked for.
So I get up and do what I do each morning at 4 am – work.

Eliud Kipchoge and his team put in work for years to be able to achieve the great Ineos challenge. It did not happen in their dreams. It happened in the tolerance of an unpleasant and difficult daily routine.
It takes discipline and agility. It requires constant affirmation, and it demands consistency especially when everything is working against.

A good friend told me that opportunities come disguised in overalls ( I associate overalls to work). That means If you are not willing to get dirty or uncomfortable YOU WILL NOT ACHIEVE ANYTHING . You will probably find yourself saying “ boy that was damn luck”

I have made a conscious decision to compete with myself and It is one of the things I learned from Eliud. Competing with other people is a huge distraction and a waste of time ( Aren’t we all paving ways for ourselves? Our visions are totally different)

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to step on the moon. I was not alive to see this but I read and watch the stories written by people who witnessed this. In October 2019 I was alive to see a record being broken and I will encourage my Whiz Kids Africa children to write the stories with me because we were part of history, to change the narrative of consuming stories of Africa told by other people – We are owning our stories and we are telling them and coding them and animating them ( Name it )

I will teach our children the benefit of the “ First Move Advantage” and help them make those moves. Through technology it is possible. My dream is to see African children use technology and the Internet Safely, Effectively and Optimally.

I cannot end without celebrating the following people.

  1. Brigid Kosgei for setting a new Marathon in Chicago – Go Kenya
  2. Tyler Perry – Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry made history by being the very first black person to own a major film studio.
  3. Abiy Ahmed Ali of Ethiopia for getting a Nobel Peace Prize “for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea.”
  4. Rwanda – For opening a Homemade Smartphone Factory.

There is a lot to celebrate and I have to celebrate myself for not snoozing the alarm. I am awake working on my dream. Arise and shine. Let God be your anchor this and every day.

Evelyn Kasina.

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The Dining Table – Where the Magic happens.

Magic happens at my dining table. The simple act of sharing a meal with my family just brings life to another level. For me, it’s more than just having food. It’s the perfect stage where the art of sharing reveals in all of us at home. It is at the dining table where we share physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Most of all, its where our conversations happen.

In our home, my family has the dining table as one of the tech-free zones. We do not engage with any form of technology here, and this has had a tremendous effect on how we interact with each other. We get the time to have real and meaningful conversations and this is where the magic starts.

I remember a question my 8-year-old son asked us. “ How many people have you made sad this week? “ For a moment, the world stopped! My husband and I gave each other THE look ( you know, that look in the rare moments where couples do a telepathic conversation? Go figure..) as we fumbled to find a response to an otherwise innocent and provocative question.

I told him,
“Ryan, I put a major boundary this week on someone who took advantage of me and it has cost me anguish – there are at least 4 people who are angry with me.”

He looked at me and said,
” Mum, you have to protect your heart and boundaries are important. You say that to us that all the time.”

As you may have noticed in your home, our children listen and they appreciate what tough love is, at least in the long run. It is not easy but they get it.

My daughter then said,
“I sat next to Zoe at lunch and she made me happy. We shared jokes.” ( she is 5 years).

I feel lucky that the art of sharing conversations in my house has grown. We have developed a culture of engaging in deep and real conversations.

We don’t ask the “ normal “ questions – how are you? NOOOOO.

We all endeavor to go deep and connect emotionally. We actually have a label for that. Whenever one of us is feeling dull, sad or annoyed, we say that we want to turn the member feeling blue into feeling yellow. ( Blue is our dull color and yellow is the happy color ) This is why I feel that our dining table is where the magic happens.

To say the least, this culture came through deliberate intent and immense cooperation from all of us. We took the time to learn our individual personalities and love languages.

Additionally, as a mother, I realized that it is one thing to be self-aware and it is another to know how to help the ones around me and teach them how to be involved.

My son demonstrated this so well the other day when his sister ( a sanguine ) threw a hissy fit because “ no one “ at the play area wanted to play with her. He responded to her fit by telling her that, “ Natasha if you want to make friends please become one.” What a profound response, one child to another.

As much as that comment was directed to my daughter, I felt like I needed to hear it more because I have difficult moments when I am NOT in control of situations. My behavior just rubs some people the wrong way.

That is how I learned from my flegmatic son, ( smiles) and he takes that from his dad. He has a calm demeanor, I am the hurricane ( Laughs).

Roses, Thorns, and Buds

Through such avenues, like the dining table, we go to the level of our children and we are not afraid of sharing what we really feel. Once in a while, we do an informal meeting called ( Roses, Thorns, and Buds ). This is a reflective meeting where we sit down and figure out how we are handling situations and people around us.

Roses – What are the good things that have happened in the family that we thank God for? What nice thing did someone do to you that made you happy?

Thorns – ( we brave for a super long list ) we discuss the hurt feelings and uncomfortable incidences

Buds – What can we do differently especially in light of the thorns

On a personal level, this has even helped me understand why my calm husband sometimes keeps quiet when the hurricane in me explodes. It has really helped me in understanding his feelings and point of view.

My children on the other hand… Wow! It just amazes me how they learn to express themselves without causing more damage and find solutions within.

The dining table it is the place where the magic happens. Make the dining table a tech-free zone and let that table be a place where magical conversations happen.

Happy parenting.

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The Mental Health Impact of Social Media on Teens & Kids

In the wake of mental health awareness month, we as Eveminet would like to address the big elephant that is social media and the psychological effects it may have on our children. Most especially teenagers. Teenagers represent the most misunderstood demographic of any society. Caught smack in the middle of adult desires and childhood limitations, they are often rightly or wrongly pegged as “moody” individuals. Not to mention the continuous physical changes one experiences during that age. Being a teenager is hard enough as it is, and with social media in the picture, it’s way more complicated.

When Your Teenager Updates Their Social Media But Doesn't Respond To You


Just Google It…

Thanks to search engines such as Google, information is literally at our fingertips. Kids are turning to technology for advice and research and communicating with their parents, teachers, and peers less and less. When they are in need of advice or have an embarrassing problem, all they have to do is type it out on the search and save themselves the exposure and embarrassment of confiding in other people. As much as technology breeds independence, this can lead to teenagers failing to develop proper relationships with people in their eco-systems. They end up not needing to trust people because they think they are fine on their own when in reality nothing can replace real meaningful human connections.

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What’s Your Instagram Handle?

This is probably the most commonly asked question among teenagers today, followed closely by “Are you on SnapChat?”  Teenagers today are spending more time managing their feeds than they are doing their homework. The dynamics of schoolyard politics have now evolved on a global scale. Teenagers today are not only trying to impress and fit in with their classmates but with their online peers too. A teenager’s social media presence can directly affect their day-to-day life in school, determine their popularity and even expose them to cyberbullying quite easily.

Doing It For The Gram…

For teenage girls, social media has been known to lead to poor self-esteem issues, insecurity, eating disorders, suicidal feelings, and jealousy. This can be attributed to the unrealistic beauty standards set by celebrities and social media influencers. Young girls will feel immense pressure to mimic their idols and failure to look a certain way, especially online leads to a variety of negative feelings. For teenage boys, things are almost the same and many young men find themselves being pressured to have sex, smoke weed, have muscles and have a lot of money. The feelings of inadequacy that stem from not being able to be “Insta Famous” or not having been able to “slide into a girl’s DM”  may not manifest the same way as girls. Boys may tend to have “unexplained” violent outbursts, some will give up and sink into depression and others will become obsessed with changing the situation. Gyms are full of young men, working on their abs so that they can upload pictures of their “six packs”  and get as many likes as possible. When in reality, exercise should not be used for vanity but for health and longevity.


5 Things To Watch Out For

  1. Fear of leaving their phones unattended
  2. Withdrawn behavior
  3. Increased lack of verbal communication
  4. Irregular weight loss/weight gain
  5. Increased interest in visual appearance/Total disregard for appearance
What the April Holidays Taught Parents

5 Parenting Tips That The April Holidays Taught Us

Let’s Actually Spend Time With Our Kids

Parenting means providing. It’s a fact of nature, society and the economy. Most Kenyan parents today are consumed with financial issues, chasing pay cheques and businesses to support their families. This translates into working long hours, often away from home and leaving children under the care of nannies and probably other family members. Most kids today will see their parents at the dinner table if they are lucky, where they spend one to two hours sharing a meal often in the presence of the television and their mobile phones before their exhausted parents rush off to bed to rest. Weekends and most Sundays have been set aside for “family time” where most modern families go out to eat and share a meal at a place where “the kids can run around and play” while their parents catch up on some much-needed R & R as they wait for their nannies to come back in the evening. Spending 10 minutes each day, one-on-one with your child can make a huge difference in the long run according to Dr. Carol Chakua, Psychotherapist & Parenting Coach.

Mobile Gadgets & TVs Are Not Babysitters

Digital technology has become the life hack of the 21st century. We can do almost anything at the tap of a button thanks to smartphones and the internet. Today, when kids become “too noisy” or “overly playful” most often than not, TV is used to bribe them into submission. Long gone are the days when the sounds of children’s laughter coming from outside can be clearly heard. Many Kenyan estates are quite quiet because the majority of the kids around are busy watching TV or streaming YouTube videos. Safety, mistrust, and change of culture have had a lot of contribution to this as well. Today’s children are no longer seen as the property of the society. Babies get exposed to TVs & phones for entertainment from almost as soon as they can see…with baby targeted content readily available on YouTube. As much as technology can be convenient…regulation is vital

Parents Unplugged


Monitoring Screen Time Is A Necessity

Well, monitoring screen time is important because not only is too much screen time harmful to your child’s development, unregulated screen time leaves them open to being affected by harmful content. An article by the Daily Nation mid last month showed that a survey conducted among around 1200 high school students revealed the top 3 favorite activities for teens their age are: watching porn, sex and drinking alcohol. Shocking! Yet, teenage pregnancies are on the rise, with Nairobi County, our modern metropolis and Mombasa and Kisumu producing a large number of cases despite the fact that sexual health education is believed to be easily accessible in modern cities and awareness is believed to be higher. Further research shows that by the age of 10, most children today have been exposed to sexual content and actually rely on search engines like Google for sexual education as opposed to their parents or teachers. Unregulated screen time exposes children to adult content and safety threats.

Social Media Parenting

If you do not follow your kid online or are not internet friends with them, it’s about time you change that. Social Media, especially for the girl child has become a great source of pressure. From boosting insecurities about physical appearances thanks to unrealistic goals set by social influencers to the excessive showboating of material wealth. Kids today are growing up with the desire to live up to their fav online personalities, most of whom are faking their lifestyles for likes. As a parent, creating the balance between monitoring what your son or daughter is up to without infringing their privacy will be your biggest challenge yet.

Digital Parenting Is A Must Have Skill

At Unplugged, we teach Parents a variety of skills and tips on all the above and more. Parents today are being faced with unique challenges that did not exist 10 years ago. From Cyber-bullies to online predators and bizarre cases like the momo challenge, the digital revolution demands that parents rise to the occasion and protect their children in a variety of ways. Empower both you and your child to conquer the digital age by signing up for our programs today.

Whiz Kids

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The Autism Outreach Event

The Eveminet Autism Outreach event scheduled for the 11th of April 2019, at the Haven Cottage School; will purpose to support autistic children by creating awareness about autism and teaching them skills that will enable them to enjoy technology and become Digital Champions and appreciating them.

Our program is important because it is an opportunity for the Whiz Kids to engage in peer training, champion digital citizenship and understand the diversification of life by understanding how to engage with special needs children.

You can partner with us in different ways through financial contribution or donation of items such as :

  • tech gadgets
  • software
  • stationery
  • t-shirts
  • healthy snacks
  • entertainment for the kids

Our program engages industry experts to spend time with the children and encourages them to ask questions that help them understand how digital skills can help them in their day to day lives. We believe that just because they are different, they should not be left out and need digital skills just like any other child.

“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same – with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.”


Sign Up for Outreach today!

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World Autism Awareness Day 2019

Each year, World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated on the 2nd of April. Actually, the entire month of April is dedicated to Autism Awareness, and in the United Kingdom, the first week of April is known as Autism Awareness Week. In Kenya, Autism still remains a mystery to many despite the fact that 1 in 59 children is the global average for diagnosis of autism spectre disorder. We at Eveminet will be marking this Autism Awareness month through our Autism Outreach Day, on the 11th of April 2019 at the Haven Cottage School in Kilimani, Nairobi. We will be having a special fun day with the kids as well as training them on basic digital skills with the help of our Whiz Kids.

What is Autism?

Autism can be defined as :

A developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior. Also referred to as Autism Spectre Disorder.

Autism Speaks, Facts & Figures

Autism Awareness In Kenya

In Kenya, many Autistic children have suffered greatly simply because their condition is unrecognized and misunderstood. According to the Autism Society of Kenya, it affects 4 % of the local population. Awareness and acceptance is at least more prevalent in modern areas such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu but in rural areas were local culture still plays a big role, these children are still being hidden away, beaten and even sometimes killed. Children who have the disorder are often quite eccentric and their difference is shunned. This can be mostly attributed to cultural inclinations; many communities traditionally found children with born with disabilities as a sign of evil or being cursed. Children who did not fit the criteria of “normal” even from birth were cast away, killed, hidden or shunned.

Autism Awareness Quote

In 2017, Abigael Brooke started an autism walk aimed at raising awareness locally about the condition. She says that even in modern areas, where parents can afford care and proper help, many still invest heavily in seeking medication to “cure” the condition as opposed to investing in proper rehabilitation and long term care. Driven by her own experiences, having been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome quite young, she seeks to educate people on awareness and acceptance.

Signs & Symptoms

Most children are diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4 or older though conclusive diagnosis can be made as early as the age of 2. Outlined below are some signs and symptoms parents and caregivers can watch out for :

  1. Inappropriate or minimal social interactions
  2. Conversations almost always revolving around self rather than others
  3. “Scripted,” “robotic,” or repetitive speech
  4. Lack of “common sense”
  5. Problems with reading, math, or writing skills
  6. Obsession with complex topics such as patterns or music
  7. Average to below-average nonverbal cognitive abilities, though verbal cognitive abilities are usually average to above-average
  8. Awkward movements
  9. Odd behaviors or mannerisms

How You Can Help

Supporting organisations such as the Autism Society of Kenya which provides assessment, counselling and workshops all over the country. Another way is by understanding what Autism is and helping others understand it too. You can also sign up for our recurring outreach event that seeks to provide special needs children with access to technology.

Join us as we Light It Up Blue on the 2nd of April 2019!

Eveminet Blog Article About Screening Content for Kids, And The Dangers of Cartoons Like Fake Peppa Pig

The Real Peppa Pig vs The One Who Is A Danger To Your Little One

If you have a young child in pre-school or kindergarten then you are probably familiar with the British cartoon Peppa Pig. This cartoon is so popular that young kids in America and Canada are developing British accents to be more like hers! If you have watched an episode of this show, then you are familiar with how inquisitive, cheeky and charming Peppa can be…though some parents find her a bit rude. But that’s not what should worry parents and guardians the most…

Recently, we at Eveminet noticed a viral Facebook post that worried many parents. It prompted us to make this blog and address this serious cyber safety issue.

2019 Update: trending now is the MOMO challenge. I encourage parents to be aware of what their kids are doing online,…

Posted by Kitty Jean on Wednesday, April 12, 2017
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Can The Real Peppa Pig Please Stand Up…

As far back as 2016, there have been many reports about fake You Tube Channels pretending to be the official Peppa Pig You Tube Channel. The creators of these accounts create content that promote violent behavior, suicide, drug abuse and even sex. The most alarming video showed a step by step guide on how kids can slit their wrists while attempting suicide. Another one urged young kids to switch on the gas and lock the doors after everyone gets home!

How They Trick Us…

The people responsible for these accounts, know exactly what they are doing. they hide cleverly in plain site by using misleading thumbnails and tags to trick the Google Algorithm. Others even go to the extent of creating ads. They are able to get away with this and reach millions of kids every day because of the high volume of traffic You Tube enjoys.

The fact is, that Peppa Pig fans are not the only victims. These individuals have also created fake Mickey Mouse and Calilou accounts. Clearly, we as parents and guardians have to take steps to ensure that our kids are watching the right things online. We can not leave this to chance or else our little ones will suffer.

How To Protect Your Little One

We aren’t all Steve Jobs and for some of us even operating a smart phone can be a challenge but there is nothing more powerful than the love of a parent. By using the following tips, you can ensure your child’s safety on You Tube.

1. Download The You Tube Kids App

Say goodbye to regular You Tube and install You Tube Kids on your children’s devices or the devices they have access to. The application is free and available on both Google Play Store and the Apple Store

2. Create A Profile For Your Child

Create a profile for your child, this will help identify your child’s preferences and will also make it easier if you have more than one child sharing the same device. You can create a separate profile for each of your kids.

3. Restrict Browsing on The Parental Control

Make use of the parental control feature that determines whether you have permitted your child to browse their own content or not. You Tube recommends using it, to limit the probability of harmful content that can reach your child.

4. Choose The Channels & Videos Your Child Watches

You can choose “trusted channels” and videos in the Collections section, as well as restrict the “recommended” channels to only ones that have been viewed and approved by a human. The human part is more important than ever before, because as much as Google’s safety algorithm filters out grown up content for You Tube Kids, some questionable content does manage to slip through at times.

To access these settings, you unlock the “grown-ups only” section by using either a random pass code (written out so that pre-readers can’t use it) or a custom pass code you create. Then log into your Google account and select the user whose profile you want to add controls to. 

5. Regulate The Time Your Child Spends On You Tube

You Tube Kids further allows parents to regulate the amount of time their children spend watching videos thanks to a clever timer that will lock the child out once time is up. This ensures your child doesn’t become addicted to the internet and uses their time constructively.

6. Age Restrictions

Even though the application recommends that it can be used by kids as young as 4 years of age, we support the guidelines by Common Sense Media that it is better suited for kids aged 7 years and above.

NB/ Common Sense Media helps parents not just regulate You Tube content but they help identify appropriate online content as well as give their expert opinion on age restrictions. We highly recommend using them.

7. Regulate Ad Content (Optional)

If you are keen on avoiding ads and any harmful content that may be parading as an ad, you can sign up for You Tube Premium

NB: Sadly its is not yet available in Kenya but will be soon.

8. Sign Up For Parents Unplugged

There is only so much we can say in a blog! Sign up for our Parents Unplugged Training Session this April and learn more ways that you can become a Digital Parenting Champion.

Also take a look at all our other 2019 events for you and your family.

Our 2019 Events, Classes, Training Sessions And Programs
Eveminet 10 Ways To Stop Cyber Bullying In Kenya Blog Post

10 Ways We Can Prevent Cyber-Bullying in Kenya.

Better safe than sorry! No one asks to be bullied but thanks to a few tips we can effectively break the cycle. In many cases, bullied people often turn into bullies themselves if they do not receive the appropriate help. Thanks to our Whiz Kid Program for tweens and teens and the Unplugged program for Digital Parents, we address cyber-bullying from both the child’s perspective and the parents.

Tips for Teens & Kids Who Experience Cyber-Bullying

1. Never Blame Yourself

When a person chooses to repeatedly attack or confront you online, always know that it is not your fault. Sometimes you may may disagree and argue with your friends or classmates, but continuous targeting is cyber-bullying and it is wrong.

2. Retaliation Is Not A Solution

When you respond to a bully and get lost in the aggression, you end up turning yourself into a bully too. If you come across a hurtful post or text and you get emotional, take a deep breath and stop yourself from responding immediately by thinking positively.

(PS: Try counting backwards or distracting yourself until you are calm enough to act appropriately)

3. Keep Records Of Everything

In case you did not know, the internet is forever. If you receive texts that you feel are bullying you ensure you save them as proof in case the situation worsens. For social media posts, taking screen shots and saving the posts also works as well.

4. Ask Them To Stop

Feel free to politely ask whoever is bullying you to stop. If you feel strong enough to talk to them, make sure you are clear and confident when you pass your message. You can try practicing with your friends or family before you do it.

5. Use Available Technology Tools

Most platforms today have blocking and reporting features. Save yourself unnecessary heartache by blocking the individual and reporting them though this is not a guarantee it will stop. If the threats are harmful or physical in nature or even sexual, ensure that your parents and or guardian are aware and ensure you report the matter to the police.

PS: Here is a pro Cyber Security Tip: NEVER EVER share your passwords with anyone even your best friends. 

Tips for Parents & Guardians To Help Deal With Cyber-Bullying

1. It Pays To Observe Your Child

Most teenagers and kids often choose to hide problems like bullying from their parents whether online or offline. So if you notice that your child is losing sleep or doesn’t seem as enthusiastic about school as before or appears to get stressed when on his or her computer or phone; ask them why as calmly and as open-heartedly as possible. Feel free to ask if it has anything to do with mean behavior or social issues. But even if it does, don not assume it’s bullying. You won’t know until you get the full story, starting with what your child is thinking and feeling.

2. Think Before You Leap

Whatever course of action you take must be well planned out. You must fight your inner “mama bear” or “daddy bear” and hold yourself back from any rash actions. This is because despite your intentions, you may end up worsening the entire situation if you do. Cyber-bullying is mostly psychological and involves putting down and excluding someone. It is modern day marginalization at it’s worst. Bullies often get a kick out of this and feel like it empowers them or improves their status. That is why discretion and tact are key.

3. Listen and Learn 

It is important to offer a listening ear to your child and learn as much as you can about what happened. It is vital to note that despite how sincere they may be, their account is only one side of the story. And often times online, a lot can happen or be misinterpreted. Be patient and gather all the facts in order to form a clear picture of what happened.

4. Helping Them Heal

Not all scars are visible, some run deep inside our beings. Cyber-bullying can do that to any person, young or old. When dealing with a child who has been bullied, they often have low self confidence and self esteem. Your role as a parent is to remind them of their worth and help restore their confidence. This requires patience and understanding and most of all love.

4. Helping Them Heal

Not all scars are visible, some run deep inside our beings. Cyber-bullying can do that to any person, young or old. When dealing with a child who has been bullied, they often have low self confidence and self esteem. Your role is to remind them of their worth and help restore their confidence. This requires patience and understanding and most of all love.

5. Remember There Are Always Silver Linings

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The same applies to your kids. Nothing lasts forever and when they overcome this hurdle, as they sure will they will be much stronger than before.

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The Truth About Cyber-Bullying In Kenya

Cyber-bullying refers to the use of the Internet and/or mobile technology to harass, intimidate, or cause harm to another person. Despite the fact that  bullying is hardly a new social issue; thanks to technology advancements it has gradually evolved from the school environment and moved to social platforms. According to a report by the African Women and Children Feature Service, Kenyan schools report a much higher rate of bullying than the world average. As a social enterprise concerned with the provision of family based digital solutions, cyber-bullying is a topic we at Eveminet deal with regularly. We offer our expert insight on the face of this issue in our country and how we can combat it.

Popular Platforms Kenyans Use to Bully People Online

Many Kenyans today are either victims or perpetrators of cyber-bullying, knowingly or unknowingly. Thanks to increased digital penetration, more and more Kenyans are using digital social platforms to communicate and interact than ever before. Our world famous twitter community, commonly referred to as K.O.T. ( Kenyans On Twitter ) is one great example of how active we are online. Other famous platforms that have gained notoriety include Facebook Groups such as Kilimani Mums and Dads and Buyers Beware.

Some Famous Kenyan Victims of Cyber Bullying

Just recently, the Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Kenya, David Maraga shared his frustrations over bloggers. He used the example of a viral meme to show how he has being harassed by bloggers and Kenyans online. His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta responded to him by saying,

Bwana CJ we tried passing some law to help us restrain these people (bloggers) but the court told us it was unconstitutional. Like the rest of us, get used to it .

H.E. President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, during the Anti-Corruption Conference

He is just one among many public figures who has come to accept cyber-bullying as a way of life. Last year, gospel musician Jimmy Gait shared his personal experience on the issue. He says he almost quit music and killed himself because of it. Quite often, when a celebrities make mistakes, online audiences are quick to judge. Challenges and memes trend almost instantly and add salt to injury. Some of the issues raised are genuine and are meant to raise awareness but the message is often lost. The masses often deviate from the problem and end up causing more harm. A good example is the “KobiCat”Challenge. Kenyans exposed media personality Kobi Kihara for stealing content and faking her online image. She became the subject of multiple jokes and blogs in a twisted form of online revenge.

Recently, some negative comments on Willy Paul’s Instagram profile turned a moment of thanks into one of sadness. He had just survived a horrifying terror attack at the Dusit Hotel, that claimed many lives and injured many more. A large number of Kenyans took to the comment section of his posts to express their disappointment over his survival. The situation got worse when Kenyans took it a step further by sharing insensitive memes that went viral.

The Legal Impact of Cyber-Bullying in Kenya

In Kenya, freedom of expression is enshrined in our constitution under Article 33 and is a universal human right. According to the ICCPR, of which we are signatories; these rights come along with great “special duties and responsibilities” that may result in some limitations, such as respect of the rights or reputation of others.

The worst part about cyber-bullying is that many people gain confidence and hide behind their online personas because there are largely unaware that cyber-bullying laws exist. The Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Bill 2018 came into effect last year May. Article 27 addresses what the issue of cyber harassment and under what grounds one may seek legal aid.

(2) A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or to both.

Article 27 (2) of The Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Bill, Act No. 5 Of 2018, Laws of Kenya

Side Effects of Cyber-Bullying

Some of the effects of cyber bullying may have on an individual include:

  1. A drop in self-esteem;
  2. Withdrawal from society and family;
  3. Fear of gadgets, digital communication and social platforms;
  4. Avoiding work and school environments;
  5. Avoiding social events and gatherings;
  6. Losing weight or changing appearance to try and fit in;
  7. Inflicting self harm;
  8. Suicidal and violent thoughts;
  9. Personality shift i.e. anger, depression, crying, withdrawal

The Solution…

The only way to tackle cyber bullying is by creating awareness and promoting the importance of digital empathy and digital etiquette. By enforcing the same moral values we expect all people to abide by day to day online, we can ensure that we are collectively better behaved and mature when addressing posting content. And the only way for our children to embrace this, is if we lead by example. Read our article on 10 Ways We Can Prevent Cyber-Bullying in Kenya.

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