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COVID BREAKS THE RULES OF PARENTING

More than one and a half billion children are affected by school closures

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, 191 countries have implemented countrywide school closures, affecting 1.6 billion learners worldwide (1). In Finland, one of the leading educational countries, and the happiest country in the world, no teaching related mass events will be organized, social distancing rules will be observed, and people are advised to avoid contact (2).

A majority of parents find homeschooling “stressful and challenging” during the pandemic

With children currently not able to study in classrooms, the importance of learning at home is amplified and the task of supporting children’s learning has fallen on parents at a much larger rate. This is a significant burden for parents. Many parents say that they lack the skills to effectively teach and supervise their children.

Can COVID-19 lead to something good?

Children tend to be adaptable. Quarantine itself is not necessarily causing harm or depriving kids of what they need. There is much to be gained from interactions with parents, siblings and even pets. Time alone is valuable, too.

The new situation has invited new thinking and solutions in Finland, the country famed for excellence in education and being the happiest country in the world. (3,4)

In many cases, parents have been overwhelmed with remote learning requirements in Finland, too. Two education solution companies, Futurecode and TinyApp (www.tinyapp.biz), decided to take action and address these global challenges through creating a new practical online course to support and guide parents.

Pia Solatie, one of the founders of “Positive Parenting from Finland” explains: ”Transversal skills have for quite some time had a major role in curriculums for both early childhood and primary schools. Now, during COVID-19 pandemic, we see the shift in the responsibility of teaching these crucial future skills from professionals at kindergartens and schools to parents at home.”

Marjo Paappanen, a Helsinki school teacher, and pedagogical expert in the team behind the course says: “In Finland we feel that now is not necessarily the time for lectures about the importance of social skills, but instead it is time for playful learning moments”.

Parents across the world can now learn what Finns do differently. Which are the secrets that make their children happy and show outstanding academic results on a global scale? 30 online audio course chapters bring light to the topics of emotional wellbeing, social skills, friendship, cooperation and creativity.

Futurecode
Futurecode is a Helsinki based education technology company, which operates in the fields of education and entertainment, emphasizing pedagogy from Finland. Our passion is to inspire and empower children to embrace their creativity, grow into empathetic persons with strong self-esteem and great social skills, to face the all new challenges future will bring to them. www.futurecode.fi

TinyApp
TinyApp is a digital tool for teachers to create inspiring education journeys. Designed with child’s individuality in mind, TinyApp Teaching Assistant is recommended by Finnish ECEC experts as the Finland’s #1 tool for daily planning, pedagogical documentation, and parent interaction. www.tinyapp.biz

Contact
Mrs. Pia Solatie, Creative Director, Futurecode
www.futurecode.fi
email: pia.solatie@futurecode.fi
tel. +358-40-551-8053
Address: Futurecode Ltd, Metallimiehenkuja 10, 02150 Espoo, Finland
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SOURCES
(1) https://www.unicef-irc.org/publications/1091-parental-engagement-in-childrens-learning.html
(2) https://teaching.helsinki.fi/instructions/article/effect-coronavirus-teaching
(3) https://worldhappiness.report/ed/2020/
(4) https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/02/how-does-finland-s-top-ranking-education-system-work

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Internet Safety Experts launch SimpleCyberLife.com

EXPERTS TEAM UP TO LAUNCH WORLD’S FIRST INTERNET SAFETY SUPPORT COMMUNITY, REVOLUTIONISING HOW FAMILIES USE TECHNOLOGY

LONDON, January 2020 – A team of cyber security and internet safety experts have launched the world’s first online membership service, designed to help parents navigate the minefield of online safety.

Founder, 32-year-old Jonny Pelter, who has previously worked with Shell, Schroders, JPMorganChase, KPMG and Deloitte, has created SimpleCyberLife.com to support parents in protecting their families from threats such as cyber bullying, sextortion, social media hijacking, online grooming, email hacking, identity theft and online fraud.

For £3.99 per month (£44.99 per year), parents will be able to assess what protection their family needs, then receive expert guidance on how to get their protection in place, via video tutorials, instruction manuals and podcasts. They can also use the platform to receive personal support from industry experts via the online discussion forum, monthly Q&A webinars or 1-to-1 coaching calls.

Jonny is building a team of professionals in cyber security, internet safety, children’s health and family advocacy to support the online community. For example, Elizabeth Milovidov, a renowned internet safety expert is onboard bringing with her a legal background in child online protection, digital citizenship and digital parenting.

The platform provides parents with trackable tasks they can use to get their protection in place, such as installing anti-virus software or tightening social media privacy settings. It extends further than just security and privacy, teaching parents about digital citizenship and responsible use of technology.

The in-built SOS Centre helps them diagnose issues, points them to self-help resources or quickly connect with an expert in the online community to resolve things.

Frustrated by the lack of quality and affordable support available to everyday families, founder of Simple Cyber Life Jonny Pelter, said:

“The current way of supporting parents with a once-per-year school talks is ineffective. During these talks, parents get bombarded with alarming stories of everything that can possibly go wrong and worst of all, there is no support for them after they leave. They return home with more questions than answers. Understandably they paralysed by the complexity of it all, resulting in no protection at all.”

“We focus less on the scaremongering and more on empowering parents with simple and practical advice. Critically, we then offer them support for any questions they might have.”

“By launching this new online community, we create a network of like-minded parents and internet safety experts that parents can tap into, to get the support they need. For a similar cost of one large coffee per month, parents will have direct access to expert advice, delivered to them at home, whenever they need it – like having their own personal trainer, just for internet safety.”

For media enquires contact: Scarlett Dixon at simplecyberlife@scarlettlondon.com

– For more information on the new online community, visit www.simplecyberlife.com
– Founder, Jonny Pelter, is a fully qualified cyber security professional with over 10 years’ experience in the industry. For more information on Jonny, his experience, certifications and qualifications, please visit www.jonnypelter.com

– A report by Accenture Security indicates that the UK has the largest increase in cyber crime year-over-year (31%) in the world, costs increased to $11.5 million at last count (2018)- The European Commission found that 51% of European citizens feel not at all or not well informed about cyber threats (source)- Cyber crime breaches are anticipated to increase nearly 70% by 2024 (a Juniper – – – Research report indicates that the costs of cyber crime will show an average annual growth of 11%)
– A recent study of 2.6 million children by Bark in their Children & Teen Cyber Report found that 70% of teens experienced cyberbullying (2018).
– For interested media outlets, we may be able to provide credentials for journalists to browse the resources like they were a member – use contact details above to request these
– High resolution images are available upon request

Simple Cyber Life
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Schools to switch to online forms from paper forms saving thousands

Stephen Clarke, Director of MagedMaged, an Education Technology company aims to save schools thousands by reducing their reliance on paper forms by offering a service to take their paper forms and turn them into secure online forms to send to parents.

Stephen Clarke, Director of MagedTens of millions of parents sign hundreds of millions of paper forms every year around the world on behalf of their children. In the UK alone, it is estimated that around 900 million paper forms are sent by the over 30000 Schools each year. Schools send around 30 paper forms per student per year, in a school with a thousand pupils that’s 30000 paper forms per year per school.

Sending paper forms is labour intensive, costly and unreliable. Schools print and photocopy tens of thousands of forms every day, this is a big cost to the environment and the school budget. It is also unreliable, students put them in their bags and parents may or may not eventually get them.

Maged, with over 40 years’ experience in Education, Finance and Technology consciously help to save schools thousands every year at a time when most UK schools face significant challenges to their budgets.

Offering schools a service to help them move paper forms online is a great way to help schools make savings whilst reducing down their administrative burden. Once the paper form is converted to an online form, a link to that is sent to parents by the school via their App, website, SMS text message, letter or email.

Parents click on that link and complete the form, the results of every form completed are sent to any school email address.

Stephen Clarke, Director of Maged “As a parent, I get lots of paper letters and forms from our school, which must be very costly for them at a time when budgets are tough. We are all used to completing forms online and signing for things electronically. Maged aims to help schools move to the same offering whilst saving them time and money.”

Further details on how schools can switch to sending online forms rather than paper forms can be found at www.maged.cc

Notes to Editors: To arrange an interview or photo please email hello@maged.cc