If you’ve read our News page, you’ll know that TwoTen recently contributed to the costs associated with a skydive in aid of The Lullaby Trust which was organised in the memory of a beautiful little girl, Matilda Mae. Of course you can read what we said on our news page, but it’s more interesting to find out what the jumpers themselves thought! Read their blog posts below:
On the 20th of July nine amazingly brave people jumped out of a plane to raise money for the Lullaby Trust
in memory of a beautiful little girl who died at just nine months old
from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), also known as cot death.
Matilda Mae was exactly nine months old. Perfectly healthy and having
learned to crawl that day, there was absolutely nothing to suggest she
wouldn’t wake up after being put down to sleep in her cot that night.
SIDS is cruel, can happen at any time and to any family and that is why
eight women and one man (last minute stand-in due to illness!), one
person for each month of Matilda’s all too brief but beautiful life,
jumped out of a plane that day.
Of course anyone who read about or saw pictures of beautiful baby Tilda
couldn’t fail to be moved by what happened to her and that is why TwoTen
wanted to try to help in some way. Guided by Hayley
who organised the event, we covered the cost of the hotel for the
evening before the skydive and even popped down on the morning of the
jump to provide a little something pink and bubbly for when everyone had
their feet firmly back on solid ground.
Here’s what Hayley had to say:
"A few months ago I had a crazy idea to skydive in Matilda Mae’s memory
and eventually 8 other women joined me. We were coming from all over the
country and wanted to unite the night before to get to know one
another. We arranged a hotel and thanks to the lovely TwoTen we didn’t
have to worry about costs. It was a great evening and we all slept
fairly soundly whilst waking frequently with nerves. The day was simply
amazing and words can’t describe how emotional it was and that unique
feeling of floating on free fall. We decided there and then the Matilda
Mae skydive is going to be an annual event"
If you were to depend on media reporting of the Internet content debate, you’d be forgiven for misunderstanding how children become sexualised. The way the topic gets over-simplified, it would seem that it is like the rarely visited relative’s view of a child’s growth:
June was a busy month for the parent bloggers, with both Cybher and Britmums taking place. TwoTen sponsored attendees at both.
On Saturday the 1st of June bloggers descended upon London for Cybher,
the first all inclusive female blogger event in the UK. With sessions
entitled Ditch the Fugly, Bloggers Vs Brands – Owning your Influence,
Sh*t you don’t know, Going Viral – how to make your post go BOOM! and
The Art of Plus Size it was bound to be an amazing day.
TwoTen provided sponsorship to Playful Learners, an excellent childhood
activity blog written by childminder Adele, to attend the event. She had
a great time catching up with fellow bloggers, showing off her gorgeous
new baby boy and attending the sessions which she hopes will help her
improve not only her blog but her family business too! Find out what
Adele has to say about her time at Cybher on her blog.
TwoTen also sponsored a someone to attend another great blogging event
this year. BritMums Live took place in London over 2 days this summer
and Carolin from Mummy Alarm
had an amazing time meeting up with fellow bloggers and friends,
attending sessions on photography, You Tube, travel blogging and much
more. BritMums Live turned out to be a very emotional experience for
most who attended with inspiring key note speeches and lots of tears
shed during the Brilliance in Blogging Awards too!
See what Carolin thought of BritMums Live on her blog.
The Internet is well charted territory for many of us these days. We use it for everything, from reading articles about family life, cooking, children, and politics to paying the bills and ordering the weekly food shop, to sharing with friends. It’s a familiar place. Yet for our younger children it can be unfamiliar, even scary. Continue reading “Making it better”
TwoTen had someone review the TwoTen service
completely independently – by which we mean nobody was in the room to
point out features, there were no reviewers notes provided, nothing. In a
way it was a test of the simplicity of our design approach.
We sent Alan Mackenzie (of e-safety adviser
and a member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety) just
instructions on how to enable the TwoTen public demo service in his web
browser of choice and then waited, slightly nervously, to see what he
would say. We’ll all have to wait for his full review to be published, which will be in his school e-safety newsletter, but he sent us some
feedback to keep us going:
"I have managed to take a quick initial browse. I set up the proxy and used Chrome on Mac OSX."
"The concept is great, I can see this working really well. Tested out
lots of subjects via Google search such as self harming, adult,
pro-anorexia and more and had no issues at all."
"I think this could be a brilliant service to children, to parents and to schools."
We think he liked it!
Welcome to the TwoTen blog. Over time we will be posting on a range of subjects around online safety and building a better Internet, and of course the occasional post on educks. We will also report back on events we attend, link to posts about TwoTen and arrange for guest postings from relevant experts. First article due shortly!
Our CEO Chris Puttick was invited to represent TwoTen on a panel for the Internet Service Providers Association
latest Policy Forum,
which was on the subject of Online Child Protection.
This subject has been one of the key internet policy debates in recent
years. The Bailey Review, a campaign to make
parental controls more readily available and a
Government consultation have tried to set goal posts for the Internet
However, at times, there seems to be a disconnect
between the different parties involved in the debate, with a lack of
consensus over what good online child protection
should look like.
TwoTen were there to say
- (i) age-appropriate is not about adult or not, and
- (ii) online safety products should be making
the Internet better for kids, and be a little less about allaying the
fears of adults.
Of course, TwoTen ensures the Internet for younger
children is safer than ever before as well!
A constructive debate was had and most there agreed
that making internet better was as or more important than just safer.
We’re extremely excited to be able to announce TwoTen have been shortlisted for an award by the Internet Service Providers Association
in the Internet Safety and Security category. Competition is pretty
tough. It’s almost certainly the first time an ISPA (any?) award
shortlist has pitted a duck against a pig…
The Chipping Norton Literary Festival
has started and TwoTen is very proud to be sponsoring it. The festival
runs until Sunday and covers a wide range, including the all important
children’s books, with authors such Frances Hardinge, Philip Ardagh and
Teresa Heapy all getting involved. There’s a track just for children,
more information here
as well as events for grown-ups. TwoTen will be around, we’re easily
spotted by our Peepus tops – if you come along and you see someone
protected by duck, do say hi!