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TalkTalk reboots Brownie Computer badge

Tom Morgan
22 Nov 2013
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TalkTalk has teamed up with the Girl Guide Association to update the Brownie Computer badge, to make it more relevant to kids today

TalkTalk has teamed up with Girlguiding to update the Brownies Computer badge, bringing it up to date and making it more relevant to today's members.

The Computer badge, which was first introduced in 1990, has been completely overhauled, replacing redundant tasks like shutting down a computer and cleaning a CD ROM with a greater emphasis on internet safety and tips on safe sharing online.

Other aspects of earning the badge include being aware of different social media sites and their age restrictions, programming instructions for a movable robot, learning how computers make a difference for those with visual or hearing impairments, and demonstrating how to safely send an online message.

TalkTalk has got on board to increase its push for better online safety, which currently includes the HomeSafe home security package. It's free to all TalkTalk broadband customers and protects every device in the home using the connection, not just the family PC.

"The Computer Badge resource is packed full of fun and challenging activities designed to give Brownies basic computer skills and the confidence to embrace new technology, whilst ensuring that internet safety is always at the front of their minds," Girlguiding Chief Executive Julie Bentley said.

"Our research shows that many girls dismiss entire industries – such as science, technology, engineering and maths-based careers. This resource inspires girls to think of a career in a STEM industry as a varied and rewarding option for them".

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