#expertTalk myhive: Cybersecurity - how to talk with your child about "Internet"

It is a pleasure for us to cooperate with myhive. Together with our founder, Intelligent Technologies S.A. and Omega Enterprise Services we conduct #expertTalk for parents of children aged 7-12 years on the subject of children's safety in the Internet.
The first meeting took place on Thursday, June 6 in myhive Brama Zachodnia, next on Tuesday, June 11, in myhive IO-1. The last will take place on Tuesday, July 2 at Crown Point.

Thank you myhive for great organization and the opportunity to meet the parents.

Family Picnic in Dębe Wielkie

On Saturday, June 8, we took part in the Family Picnic organized by the Primary School named Volhynian Cavalry Brigade in Dębe Wielkie. We showed how traditional fixed telephony works. Our guests could independently connect using the local battery and hand-operated telephone. Participants of the Picnic also had the opportunity to check how the biofeedback device works, i.e. the biological feedback that informs about the physiological state of the body under the influence of stimuli. Devices of this type are used, for example, in NASA.

It was a very nice and sunny afternoon. Thank you to the School for the invitation, we wish you all interesting and safe holidays.

Preschooler looking for independence

Inconspicuous milestones

A toddler, who first finds a spoon with his mouth (and by the way smears half of its contents on his face) is not only a charming and funny sight. This is also important information from the child to his parents: "Mom, dad, I'm on the trail of independence!".

Independence from the environment and skills that allow us to realize our passions and face challenges are priceless in the development of every child. However, for the child to enjoy the benefits of independence, it must first learn it. Not necessarily alone.

Parent – model

Parents are not only a source of information, motivation and support – they are also a model that is constantly observed and imitated. Well, when the child sees how parents approach the emerging challenges - they look for the best solution and try to put them into practice, but also know how to ask for help from others.

You can sew a button accompanied by your child, screw in a light bulb or show him how to get the information needed to deal with a problem. If a child has a chance to observe creative strategies of coping with problems, he / she will learn an active attitude to the difficulties encountered. However, to be able to practice new skills, he must have space to experiment.

Largest challenge – nothing to do

For example, when a child decides to take a case into his own hands and willingly takes to peeling mandarins for a family salad, the parent will face a huge challenge to ... do nothing. Although he would certainly like to give valuable tips on how to do the job faster and more neatly. Refraining from interference can, however, bring many benefits - research suggests that the parents of children with a high level of independence are those who do not give too much guidance or do not give away. They react when the safety of the child is endangered, in other words when, for example, a toddler, in order to diversify kitchen adventures, reaches for a steak knife. So, let's leave instructions for another occasion - and let spontaneous activity be a field for self-discovery of your abilities.

Effective praise

Nothing, however, prevents the child from praising! But praise is not equal - avoid assigning features ("smart") - focus on the attitude, praise for taking on new challenges or doing something yourself. If you want to pay attention to the effect, let it not be something general ("nice, cool"), but specific - for example, "you have chosen this fruit very carefully". Thanks to this, building self-reliance gains a positive background that will encourage the child to continue independent activities in the future. Praise is only an external award - its lack does not make the experience useless!

The most valuable here is the prize coming from inside - if the child opens a tightly curled jar of peanut butter, just when his parents will be in another room, he will get the prize for it (we ignore the issue, probably unauthorized, getting into sweetness): feeling that something depends on him, that he has an impact on the world around him.

Independence has many names - at the beginning success in the field of building independence is putting on socks, then lacing shoes, and finally heroic fight with a zip. However, it is worth remembering that independence also applies to critical thinking, drawing conclusions, contacts with others and cooperation. Supporting this aspect of development in the youngest, will be the foundation for the further development of independent action and thinking.

Workshops "Intelligence in the Web" at the Primary School No. 97

Hate, dangerous sites, viruses, addiction...

These are the most common responses of students to the question of threats that may happen to them on the Internet. Once again, we have started cooperation with the school, and we run the "Intelligence in the Web" workshops. This time in Leon Kruczkowski Primary School No. 97 in Warsaw. The first workshop took place on May 22, 2019. By the end of the school year, we plan to conduct workshops in classes 4-8. We talk not only about threats, but also about all the benefits we get from the Internet. Each lesson, every class, every student is different - there are different needs. We try to adapt to each individual, and the most we care about is that our recipients are safe on the web.

23. Science Picnic

Our Foundation had the pleasure to participate in the Science Picnic for the fourth time. This year, the Picnic was held on Saturday, May 11, and the theme was "Machines and us" The Foundation’s booth was located in the "Future" zone, and our task was to present inventions that change the daily lives of people.

We have prepared 4 shows for visitors:

1. Telephone of the past - the idea of this show was to present how traditional fixed telephony works. Our guests could independently connect using the local battery and hand-operated telephone. Thanks to the supervisors, they could also learn a lot about traditional telephony. The show enjoyed great interest.

2. Integrated communication - we presented the possibilities of VoIP technology and new solutions for fixed-line telephony.

3. New opportunities in the old delivery - visitors had the opportunity to make video calls between landline phones and could experience the compatibility of a landline phone with websites.

4. Creative communication - this show was prepared for the youngest participants – they could design and make their own unique phone. The effects of the work of our brave, small designers are presented in the pictures.

Our booth was very popular, which was a great joy for us. Thank you very much for the huge help and running the shows to our colleagues from the company Intelligent Technologies S.A. You were wonderful! We also thank all volunteers for their commitment and creativity! We are very happy to participate in the Picnic and we hope to meet again next year!

How to learn?

One is justified by the surprising form of the test? Or maybe "overlearning" as the main culprit of weakening motivation and low results? This may be the result of incorrect selection of learning strategies and lack of knowledge about how to learn effectively. It is worth knowing what to suggest to a child who is less willing to look at books.

School is focused on learning and acquiring skills. Often, however, students do not know what instruments to use while studying. They use very ineffective methods that can lead to reduced motivation or learned helplessness. In less extreme cases, they simply extend learning time and take away the chance of pursuing a hobby or meeting peers. Fortunately, a parent who knows the basics of the learning process can be a great consultant on effective learning.

An individual approach maximizes profits

This time it is not about the individual approach to the child, but about ... the material to be absorbed. It is worth teaching the child the habit of assessing the content they intend to learn. Are they difficult? Extensive? Can science be exhausting? Depending on the specific material, the optimal method should be chosen. The fact that a lot of time should be reserved for long and difficult material should not come as a surprise. However, a longer working time does not mean longer breaks, on the contrary - the more difficult the content to master, the shorter breaks should be made.

How to remember better?

The fact that a child has problems remembering can mean using an ineffective strategy. Repetition itself can prove itself at the beginning of a career in elementary school, then the complexity of the material requires more sophisticated techniques. When looking for a good strategy, it is worth knowing what improves the process of remembering. First of all, it is independence - doing the task yourself significantly increases the memory achievements compared to the situation of watching the task performed by someone else. Instead of presenting how to solve a math problem, support the child in an independent performance - you can praise him for involvement, ask questions to help organize work or indicate the sources in which he can find help.

Good answers - to recognize and produce

For many students, information about the form of checking knowledge is very important - especially the elders know that you can learn differently to the test with open questions, and differently to the one with answers to choose from. What is the difference? Even if the child only reads his notes, during a closed test, he will probably recognize among the unmasking answers the ones he saw in the texts he read. On the other hand, it may have difficulties in extracting unfixed content from memory and failing on tasks requiring reproduction - that is, giving a creative answer in an open question. Reproduction is a multistage, effort-intensive process that takes place on the basis of traces other than recognition. It is worth realizing to a young adept of science that reading (i.e. relying on image marks) is not equivalent to learning (creating verbal traces).

Jagodzińska, M. (2013). Psychologia pamięci: badania, teorie, zastosowania. Gliwice: Wydawnictwo Helion.

Who can replace the smartphone?

The fast career of smartphones has pulled round many specialists who pay attention not only to the benefits, but also to the risks associated with them. The term “phonoholism” or addiction to the phone, quickly gained popularity. However, it is worth knowing what the more subtle symptoms of the incorrect relationship with the phone are - and how to respond to them.

Friendship or toxic relationship?

It is difficult today to expect a child to only use analog toys. In the end, he observes parents who are replying to emails with their smartphone, making appointments to the doctor and paying bills. Vibrating the phone reminds you to drink a glass of water or make birthday wishes. In many cases, a smartphone is a convenient and quick way to manage our reality - an important task for a parent is to teach their children how to use their phone wisely. What if you use it in real needs? Such as:

• a reminder for the test at school,
• instant messaging contacts with friends,
• maybe some photo editing application for a small fan of graphics and photos,
• learning languages, learning about new cultures.

They will be useful for sure. It is important, however, that a young smartphone user, bewitched by his abilities, does not allow his / her addiction to be completely dependent on a flat screen. It is worth talking to your child if the phone will actually make it easier for him to learn or to pursue his passion or to fill time with no benefits.

How many hours means addiction?

The time the child spends with the phone in front of his eyes is not always reliable information on whether his relationship with the smartphone is within the normal range or whether he should pay attention to the parent. It will not be a bad thing either, if the daughter once happens to sink in the blue screen for the whole afternoon, watching photos of the rarest Asian toads. When an eleven-year-old, tired after a very hard day, throws himself on the bed and slides his finger across the screen, we can assume that he really has no strength at all for anything else. However, if it begins to become his everyday life, and a few hours a day with a smartphone is a new tradition, it will be useful to talk about why the phone has become so important.


If the child regularly begins to spend more time sunk in the blue screen, his smartphone can barely cope with the number of applications downloaded, and other areas of life (learning, friends, home duties) begin to go down into the background, it is worth to intervene. It may be helpful to reach the cause of the change in behavior. Some children spend a lot of time with the phone because they cannot organize their own time - instead of planning activities, they count the next steps of the favorite game. Those little ones who started using the phone early may be used to flickering effects on the screen and to quickly change the composition, which is why fewer stimulating ways to spend time may seem boring to them.

... and Parent-Lifeguard

Cutting off the access to the network or setting an hour a day to use the phone will not solve the problem - because the phone is often only a way to express the problem, but it is not in itself. It is worth teaching a child to actively solve problems or creative organization of time, and technology should be treated as facilitating the implementation of needs. Thanks to this, the child will be able to enjoy its benefits without risking that the digital world will keep it too deep.

Speak like children - why do not children understand us?

Sometimes you have to repeat something twice. The noise in the next room, poor coverage, temporary articulation indisposition caused by an unexpected yawn? Peanuts. It's frustrating when you say something with a smile, and you do not see any sense of understanding. You say something for the third time, slowly and clearly, and the child looks as if he saw you for the first time. How to get rid of the superpower of invisibility and talk so that the child understands?

Simple solution

The ability to understand increasingly complex content develops with age and the richness of speech. Therefore, from the first days of life it is worth talking to a child (speech in case babies develops only in contact with another person! Songs for children and audiobooks with fairy tales will not help in that case). As you grow up, it is worth giving a good example, using a varied language and creating the opportunity to learn new words. However, when we come to fulfill duties or situations requiring concentration, we all prefer simple messages. Instead of a lengthy monologue full of stylistic figures and digression, it is better to hear three sentences full of content, but in a cost-effective form. Children are radical fans of simple messages.

Polite - what it means?

In our adult minds, certain words, even if not necessarily transparent and understandable, can be given meaning, which makes them useful in conversation. Everyone has a general idea of ​​what the word "polite" means, although the word is very broad. For some, cleaning up may be more important in politeness, for others opening doors to women or giving way to the elderly. Often this word is simply adapted to the situation.

Do not do it here. Do it somewhere else

Bans that are to be a hint for a child's behavior can also be embarrassing. The behavior to which we try to discourage the child is worth replacing with another, more adequate. If you are taking your child away a possibility to do something, offer him another one. A careful parent warns "Do not wipe your hands on your pants." Okay, so what? There is also a tablecloth. "Wipe your hands on a napkin, lie on the table" is much more helpful.
Formulating appropriate, adequate for the child's ability and age, messages not only save time and avoid frustration, which in the event of a misunderstanding will affect both sides. It is also an easy way to avoid banning your child. By dressing our advice in the form of tips, and not sentences starting with "No", the child will avoid the impression that everything is wrong - but it will be able to take our advice as help and support.

23rd Science Picnic „Machines and us”

We can inform you officially that we will see you at the 23rd Science Picnic of the Polish Radio and the Copernicus Science Center. Today we had organizational meeting at the Copernicus Science Center. This year it will be very interesting! Follow us on Facebook! See you on Saturday 11th of May!

"Development of Digital Competences" with Geek Girls Carrots

Afternoon training on cyber security, social marketing and what the Internet knows about us. Where? In Przestrzeń from Facebook. We expanded our skills with Geek Girls Carrots during the training "Development of Digital Competences".