Tablets during these uncertain times: Yay or Nay?

Love them or hate them, a new tablet is on many people’s mind during these uncertain times. However, along with the purchase of a new tablet inevitably comes the guilt of giving your children more “screen time”. Now, before the guilt sets in let me clear up some of the misperceptions that many parents have about tablets and screen time.

Syping with Grandma, playing games, and watching YouTube can all be valuable ways for your children to spend time in front of the screen. In particular, playing games has been associated with improved cognitive skills such as creative thinking, hand-eye coordination, and multi-tasking. Watching YouTube at a young age may even help them speak faster and have a larger vocabulary through modelling.

…and we all know there is no way we are going to make it through the lockdown without Skyping or Facetiming Grandma.

At the end of the day, the best guidelines for screen time use are common sense ones:

  1. It should not be your child’s only leisure activity
  2. It should not interfere with their obligations and responsibilities (if it is, then they are using it too much)
  3. Having electronic devices of any kind is a privilege not a right (this is a particularly important point when it comes to regulating use among teenagers!)

So, go ahead and buy that tablet for your little one. While you are at it, why not also pick up a copy of  A Parent’s Guide to Video Games! This book draws from over 100 scientific studies to address the specific topics that parents have the most concern about in relation to media effects, such as addiction, aggression, and its impact on physical and mental health. And while the book focuses on games specifically, a lot of the information presented in the book can be generalized to various kinds of screen use.

Games for them. Peace of mind for you. Continued-communication with grandparents during school closure and community lockdown. That sounds like a win to me!!


RACHEL KOWERT is a research psychologist from Austin, Texas, with a PhD in psychology from the University of York (UK) and an MA in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University. Dr. Kowert has dedicated her career to studying video games and the gamers who love them. She has published several books on this topic, including the award winning “A Parent’s Guide to Video Games”. As a researcher, psychologist, gamer and parent, she strives to educate other parents about the potential dangers and unique contributions that video games can bring to our everyday lives.

Get Online Week at Brandon Estate: After Campaign Report

Yay! we participated in Get Online week at Brandon Estate !!

What is Get Online week?

It’s a week set-aside by UK charities to reinvigorate out collective commitment to tackling social exclusion and integration in England. The campaign was birth in 2006/07 and championed by Good Things Foundation.

Why we participated in Get Online Week

Get Online week is tradition

As the founder of a UK Online Centre (IFB Gaming), part of the Online Centres Network, set up by Good Things Foundation to tackle social exclusion and integration in England, Get Online Week is traditional and an integral arena of our digital and social exclusion strategy.

Since inception in 2006/07, the campaign has helped over 2.4 million people with basic or intermediate digital skills. That said, the campaign has not been able to penetrate Southwark areas of London.

2018. The first time a national event such as Get Online Week is witnessed in and around Southwark’s Brandon Estate.

Increasing social and learning divide

New research commissioned by Good Things Foundation reveals the extent of digital exclusion in South East London. There is no one reason for the increase, most importantly, there is a disconnection between the spheres due to technology-adoption maturity. Many people are excluded, both socially and digitally, due to the increasing disconnect.

2018. Get Online Week reveals the true extent of digital and social exclusion in Southwark’s Brandon Estate. Important critical factors that may have contributed to the manifestation of knife and gang-related violence earlier in the year.

Tech-adoption-maturity, that is, the point in human evolution when technology becomes an integral part of daily life.

6 pillars of digital society by John Adewole

Reconciliation following a summer of violence in London

A series of tragic murders rocked London the estate in 2018. Up-to 40% of the homicides and eventual arrests occurred at Brandon Estate. The most discussed include:

the death of seventeen-year-old Rhyhiem Barton, and his friend 23-year-old Sidique Kamara who was stabbed to death on the same road – Warham Street – where Rhyhiem was found… and 17-year-old girls stabbed to death at Camberwell during the World cup.

2018. Get Online Week at Brandon estate united IFB Gaming with Brandon library and it ran concurrently with local reconciliation campaigns. There were balloons, new courses were introduced to the local library, and local people were able to get together to talk about the events of the summer.

Reed the open report here.

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Kunle Afolabi (IFB Gaming)

Community Brandon: Get Online Week 2018

Get Online Week is back! This year, charities and community organisations serving Brandon unite at the Brandon library to celebrate the event for the first time in our sector.

The 7-day campaign will give local charity leaders (such as Find My Charity, IFB Gaming, Southwark library service and Online Centres Network) an opportunity to network directly with the community.


What is Get Online Week?

Get Online Week is not a new or emerging national event. More than 11 years ago, a date in October was first marked out to bring digital inclusion to national attention in the UK – and Get Online Week was born.

Since initiation, the event has grown into a week-long, annual celebration, with thousands of events taking place each year in communities across the UK, giving everyone the chance to find the help they need to improve their digital skills.

The 7-day campaign is pioneered by Good Things Foundation and IFB Gaming and it will run from 15th to 22nd of October. A wealth of information on the campaign and fit to the wider spectrum is available on Good Things Foundation’s website.


So, come along to Brandon Estate on Cooks road between the 15th and 22nd of October to:

  1. Register at the community library
  2. Register for Learn My Way
  3. Get help with computer and Apps and Software SW
  4. Be aware of the courses available through the library and Rachel Leigh
  5. Meet local digital champions
  6. Learn more and register for FREE technology and sewing classes
  7. Take selfies around the estate


Join us! Get your FREE ticket


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