The Benefits of Play

Playtime

The power of playtime goes back a long way, over the years play has been studied by prominent people including, Jung, Freud and Piaget. It seems that adults over time do loose the amount of playtime in their lives, but for children this vital and beneficial time is an important piece in their development.

Playtime now, more than ever is playing a very important role in our society. Did you know that currently during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns, kids playtime with the power of the brick that is the Lego brand has in fact increased with a significant 21% jump in Lego sales? Its a fact and completely understandable considering the impact of more at-home time for children.

The Lego Foundation has many great things to say about play including “Give children the chance to shape their own world through the wonder of inventive play and the pride of
creation – at home, at school, anywhere.”

So, how in fact does playtime benefit us as humans? Well, child’s play and playing together as a family is fun, and it’s vital to a child’s ability to develop core life skills such as confidence, communication, creativity and critical thinking. These abilities are also crucial to their wellbeing and success as adults. In fact, our perceived happiness and well being really do increase when adults and children play together regularly.

Play time is more often than not, a really rewarding time and we all know it also includes digital playtime for children too with parents helping to shape their children’s play experiences and balance their children’s digital play times with other play forms.

Play Makes People. It scaffolds learning and helps children to grow and flourish.” So, we should all as people find a little beneficial time every day to include and share our playtime with others in our lives to benefit ourselves, our families and our world.

Sources: https://www.legofoundation.com/media/1441/lego-play-well-report-2018.pdf

Entrepreneurship and Brainstorming

“Ideas are easy, implementation is hard.” Guy Kawasaki

Ideas and brainstorming, a gathering of the minds, has since the dawn of time been a key factor in the entrepreneurship process. In the 1940’s a book by Alex Osborn called “Think Up,”was a brainstorming game changer and a precursor to thinking broadly and widely in business. Mr. Osborn is claimed to have said that “It is easier to tone down a wild idea than to think up a new one.”

Nowadays, brainstorming and ideation sessions are used to rebrand companies, to start companies, to launch products and so much more. In fact brainstorming is often a chance to collaborate with other idea creators and as such can bring about a storming of the castle of a problem with a myriad of ideas.

Here are five tips for Brainstorming:

  1. Focus on Quantity
  2. Withhold Criticism
  3. Welcome the Bold and Wild Ideas even from other Industries
  4. Combine and Improve on Ideas
  5. Include Visuals of the ideas, people like visuals.

I hope you look forward to your next brainstorming session and remember to have the right environment for the session by creating a safe non-judgmental space for creativity at your business, because you never know what bright idea might stick.

Making Passwords Stronger

Password Safety

Using passwords at play and at work is a part of our everyday daily lives. You have probably have heard about the need to create a strong password, renewing your passwords and using two factor authentication when possible.

But have you heard about password managers that can create unique passwords and store your login passwords in one place online? Well, they are one option for keeping all those random passwords in a tidy and relatively safe place.

Making passwords stronger is something we hear about in the media often these days, and its an important thing to do when you use many devices, here are our top 5 things to look for in a strong password.

  1. Use words that are not normally associated together.
  2. Use a password manager to create a strong password for you if you want a very strong password.
  3. Don’t share your passwords with with other people.
  4. Use different passwords for every place you need one.
  5. Don’t use personal information such as a birth year in a password-that everyone can look up.

For those of you who really hate passwords there is a biometric solution with a bold move to where we may no longer need passwords and instead only use our biometric data as proof of entry. Although this too carries its own set of security issues. A big name brand that talks more about this is Microsoft.

So, whether passwords are always going to be with us or whether they will eventually become a thing of the past it seems only time and technology adoption will tell. One thing we know for sure is that we can guarantee is that passwords sure are getting trickier to create but are still too easy to forget whether at work or at play.

Smart Cookies

In the world of technology, internet website cookies are omnipresent on almost every site you visit. The pop ups that you see and click before reading a site are often cookie permissions that you are allowing.

What is a website cookie?

It is in fact a bit of text file that you could read in notes. These cookies can remember you snd things you do and although not dangerous by nature are a nuisance and can be a bit of a privacy matter.

They are very useful for online shopping since cookies can help remember your purchases as you browse. Some sites will function less well without cookies and there are different types of cookies too. Session cookies are temporary while persistent cookies hang around.

How to keep your privacy around these smart cookies? Well, you can choose the block cookies option in your browser or you can opt out of them in the pop ups manually.

Putting yourself back in control of technology, now, who’s a smart cookie!

Here is a great short video about website cookies: https://youtu.be/rdVPflECed8

Now that you know about website cookies you can feel more aware next time you are browsing the internet and see a cookie request pop up on the page.

The Key to Cyber security predictions for 2021


Looking into the future year for cybersecurity trends in 2021 is not an easy task since the subject is immense and covers so many sectors and factors. However there are three constants in cybersecurity and they include people, technology and change.

Lets start with people, well it looks like people will continue to acquire more smart technology in 2021 with the internet of things growing, this means that the cyber crimes will increase on these devices until tighter security measures are implemented on all these new devices.

Technology will continue to change over time as we adopt new technologies in our everyday lives- the Iot or internet of things products and smart devices will increase over time.

So as we look to the future, change is a sure thing, and knowing that anything can and will happen. Since people are after ultimately in control the technology they purchase and interact with, being really informed and cyber aware is going to be truly the key to a secure and safe technology driven 2021.