A parent’s guide to staying safe online

This article was originally published December 2015 in Egremont2Day newspaper and has been updated and reproduced here in support of Safer Internet Day. 

While some parents may consider themselves good with technology a surprising number admit to having a lack of knowledge when it comes to keeping their children safe online.  According to figures produced by Ofcom and quoted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) of those homes in which children have access to the internet almost half of parents (48%) with children in the 5 to 15 age range think they know less about the internet than their children do – this rises to 70% of parents of 12-15 year old, In addition 33% of children age 12 to 17 claim their parents do not know what they do online (Ofcom 2011).


Life of (Raspberry) Pi – part 2.

I knew that it might be sometime before I got to write the next part of the Life of (Raspberry) Pi but didn’t think it would be quite this long.

I’ve hit a few problems although we live in a technology rich house (three laptops, two (working) Risc OS machines a mac mini and more printers and monitors than you could shake a stick at) what we don’t seem to have is a monitor which can connect to the Raspberry Pi.


Life of (Raspberry) Pi- part 1


Anyone with a passing interest in computing can’t help but have noticed the buzz around the Raspberry Pi– the incredibly small form factor computer produced by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Wait, did I say small form? Thats probably wrong.  Minuscule, titchy, or  microscopic form factor would be a more accurate term as the whole computer (excluding peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse) fits into a 10 cm by 6 cm box. For those whose never seen one, it looks like this:


[image from www.maximumpc.com]

After a conversation with my Father-in-law about the teaching of IT in schools he kindly brought me one for Christmas. It’s been many years since I tried programming  a computer so I thought I would start this blog as a way of keeping track of my progress and share my experiences along the way. Word of warning – there may be long, very long, delays between each post and its entirely possible the whole idea will quietly slip away. Before I start talking about the Pi itself and my adventures in programming, it might be useful if I just give a little background information about the Pi, and the aims of the Foundation.