‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
New technology was waiting, no need for a mouse;
Shiny tablets were hung by the chimney with care,
To be loaded with apps and personal information to share.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of Xbox danced in their heads.
Dreaming of age inappropriate games;
Online forums included for the calling of names.
Interactive toys that will listen, learn and say;
storing your data online in an insecure way.
A smart phone with messaging and camera too;
To bring them to life wireless broadband was waiting,
With parental controls in need of activating.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and pa in his cap,
Abdicate responsibility in the parenting trap.
But help is at hand, if they just think to ask
Talk to family, schools or go online for the task.
For teachers and leaders ’tis the time to be bold,
At the end of the term before presents are given
And again in the New Year so behaviours are driven.
If you still find this daunting and it all gives you pause,
We are here to support and to champion the cause.
These risks can be managed with a little forsight
Giving “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”