Internet is a tool that has successfully integrated in our lives, and effectively changed how we live in many aspects. We work, entertained, socialize, get informed and study, all on the Web. It is hardly possible to live without the internet, and day after day, it continues to become a bigger part of lives, which on the other hand, bear with all the information of our lives. Most of us are aware that it is not the safest place to be, especially for the younger crowds.
MMD, the leading display specialist and brand license partner for Philips monitors, is constantly looking for new ways to help its users being safe while using a display and, so, to provide more privacy and safety-focused technologies.
What’s the Safer Internet Day?
Started in 2004, Safer Internet Day has progressively become a landmark event for online safety and it’s now celebrated in approximately 170 countries worldwide. Every year, Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and current concerns, from cyberbullying to social networking to digital identity. The focus is on making the internet a safer and better place for all, and especially for children and young people.
The risks lurking behind a screen
The internet has been one of the most transformative and fast-growing technologies, which its use has significantly increased, especially in the past year. While many of us worked from home and had to set up home offices, kids and teenagers have unlocked a new level of “online” life that we have never experienced before: both school and their free time were mostly on the internet. The worldwide closures have indeed impacted and still are impacting millions of students, from different ages, that had to adapt to a highly virtual life and long hours in front of a display.
Despite its convenience, Internet can also bring trouble, for both young and old alike. While scams and hacking are taken very seriously by businesses and adult users, social media, instant messaging and chat rooms can as well transform in an area of serious dangers for youngsters, from cyberbullying to exposures to inappropriate contents (images or videos), creeps and predators.
Education is key
The first step should be adding a parental control and similar controlling filters to check what content they can consume online, especially when it comes to kids. These features can dramatically reduce the likelihood that children will be exposed to inappropriate contents, as well as online ill-intentioned people. It is well established that teenagers need to learn to discern between what’s good and what to avoid, and parental control would adversely inhibit this ability.
Moreover, educating them to an “online etiquette” it’s crucial. Everyone should think before posting, for their own reputation but mostly because the online world has impacts on the real one – and on feelings of real people. So, malicious and vicious comments posted online can be the prelude to an unsettling and worrying journey on the other side of the screen. Cyberbullying goes as deep as death threats, it is nothing to joke about.
For the safety of everybody while surfing the Web, it is critical to invest in educating children and users on the risks that lurk online and how to behave on the internet to be safe and be able to handle potentially dangerous situations. There are a few technologies that can help parents in limiting online surfing (such as Parental control) and a few others that can ensure users and kids’ privacy to be really respected, such as a pop-up webcam that prevents from webcam hacking and creepy spying while online. The most important is to choose the one that best suits us and always maintain a diligent attitude during surfing the Web. Happy Safer Day!
 From UNESCO, “UNESCO figures show two thirds of an academic year lost on average worldwide due to Covid-19 school closures” – here: https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-figures-show-two-thirds-academic-year-lost-average-worldwide-due-covid-19-school
GadgetSpeak, a website from the UK that reviews a wide range of appliances and gadgets, has tested the Philips 272E1GAJ and published a positive review. Overall, the monitor received 4.5/5 smileys (92/100 points) and the website’s Highly Commended award!
+ 27 inch panel size
+ Excellent speaker quality with speakers facing down
+ Good amount of back and forward tilt
+ HDMI and DP ports
+ Good brightness, contrast and sharpness
+ Multiple picture colour modes
+ Very good for gaming thanks to 144 Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response time
+ “A” class energy rating
Verdict: „This is a 27inch flat panel 1920×1080 that shows everything just that little bit larger, it also has something that most other flat panels do not have, a decent set of speakers so external speakers should not be required. […] This has a fast 144Hz 1ms refresh rate so ideal for those who are into gaming. […] They also do a similar model at 24inches that would also be an excellent all round unit […] “
Please find the full review here.
Almost every day, we experience staying in front of a monitor for many hours, either for work or pleasure. We sit, we even don’t realise time is passing, and neither pay attention to the height and position of the monitor which in the end could even drive to musculoskeletal disorders or eyes strain.
How to prevent this? There is a wealth of material explaining how often you should get up, move your head, or take a walk, that should be put in practice, but are often underestimated. Therefore, we make a summary of the key features that are designed to ensure users’ wellness in front of a monitor, let’s take a look together.
Up and down
When using a monitor, the height of the display affects much of your posture. The top of the display should be positioned in line with your eyebrows, so users have an uptight viewing angle without over stretching or lowering their heads and necks. A height-adjustable stand would provide you the option of personalising your own working experience for better ergonomics
For a more comfortable working day, your monitor should “work” for you! It’s not only a matter of adjusting itto the eye level, but you also should consider other important features like tilt and rotation. Many of us tend to tilt our head forward 15 degrees due to the frequent use of mobiles, which actually double the amount of pressure on our neck as the weight of our head doubles.
Hence with the SmartErgoBase feature that many Philips monitors are equipped with, users can avoid having to turn their necks nor adding extra pressure to the muscles. The user-friendly height, swivel, tilt and rotation angle adjustments of the base, allow the monitor to be positioned for a maximum comfort to help ease the physical strains of a long workday. Want an example? Have a look to the Philips 272B1G monitor, it have it all.
Moreover, many of us don’t work in front of a desk, but in a retail shop, supermarket and others, using touch displays for a faster productivity. Well, in this case too, comfort shouldn’t be only an option.
A flexible stand makes it easy for you to set the display in upright position, recline it backwards for taking notes, and even allows you to put the screen almost flat on the table for some applications. There is a wide portfolio of Philips Touch monitors, featuring a Z-type structure with smooth tilt, height adjustment and folding capabilities which enable you to use it in different but always ergonomic positions. Check the latest update here and choose the best option for you.
Watch and relax
As said in the beginning, using a monitor for long hours can easily lead to eye fatigue. While keeping the monitor at the right distance (according to the display size) and paying attention to the light sources around you are the basics, there are a few additional features that could bring more comfort to the eyed. For instance, the Low Blue Mode and Flicker-Free technologies.
Screens, whether on the monitor or smartphones, often produce large amount of blue light, which could be harmful in long-term usage. When buying a display, you should take into account the visual issues caused by blue light waves and select a monitor designed to reduce blue light effects. Philips monitors meet its users’ needs featuring the LowBlue Mode setting, that uses a smart software technology for easy on the eye productivity.
Image flicker is another factor causing eye strain. Most LCD monitors come with pulse-width modulation (PWM) technology for brightness control: it allows one to rapidly turn the backlight unit off and on to simulate a lower perceived luminance for the user.
With brightness at 100%, the backlight is continuous, so the backlit is not cycled. However, when brightness is lowered, the PWM starts working, and if the on/off cycling has low frequency, it makes the flicker more noticeable and bothersome to human eyes. This may not seem to be causing immediate effects but in an extended period, it will cause eye fatigue.
The Flicker Free technology, therefore, makes use of direct current modulation to control the brightness setting, which in turn delivers a constant stream of light across all brightness levels.
Choosing a monitor with Flicker-Free technology, could help in having a better viewing experience. Philips monitors proudly include this technology that regulate brightness and reduce flicker for more comfortable viewing with most of the products.
Last, but not least, for Touch Monitors, look for the Anti-Glare Coating (abbreviated AG) which reduces the glare of your touch monitor screen by preventing sun and light glare. Thanks to this, you don’t need any additional films to benefit from comfort for your eyes in indoor or environments with lights targeting directly to the monitor.
With the few tips mentioned above, having the correct posture in front of a monitor and the right technology will help you take better care of yourself. As most of us are glued to the computer for longer hours, it is essential to keep an eye out for better care of your ergonomics, which in the end, help not only in having a better physical comfort but also in boosting your productivity and performances.