TECH BOSS KYLE HOLMES OFFERS TO HELP TEENS BUILD THEIR OWN COMPUTERS TO PROMOTE SAFE ONLINE GAMING
Online gaming help for teens – Wiltshire-based tech boss Kyle Holmes is launching a series of free events for young people. During these events he’ll teach them how to build their own gaming PC while helping them to stay safe online.
An avid and lifelong gamer, the entrepreneur and Black Nova founder wants to share his technical knowledge to help children embrace tech in safety.
Kyle’s inspiration stems from his personal experience of online gaming helping to decrease anxiety and improve mental health. Like many parents, Kyle saw first-hand the negative effects that lockdown had on his stepdaughter. Research from Young Minds found that anxiety among children increased by over 80% during the pandemic.
He noticed that gaming helped his stepdaughter to cope with her feelings.
‘Being able to talk to her friends online kept her feeling like she wasn’t alone, she wasn’t excluded from her peers. She did online dance lessons with her dance teachers. And we invested in gaming headphones for her. The microphone and headset meant she could talk online to anyone at any time while online.’
Kyle realised he could use his skills and knowledge to help other children experience the same benefits, while also learning valuable technical skills. Online gaming is not without its critics yet Kyle says there are measures that all parents can take to keep children safe.
‘I want to demystify the gaming world. Then I’ll show parents and children that, not only are building your own PC and online gaming good for your mental health, but they also offer technical and computing skills invaluable for their future careers.’
The events will be once a month for up to ten young people aged between eight and 15 years old. The first event takes place on Saturday April 9.
The children will attend the Black Nova offices on the outskirts of Calne, Wiltshire. There Kyle will offer step by step hands-on tutorials that will cover how to build their own PC. The youngsters can use what they learn to game online with their friends. Along the way, Kyle will offer parents and children advice and tips on how to do so safely. He’ll also explain how the industry has evolved with safety in mind.
Parents can register via Eventbrite for the events with other available dates of Saturday May 14 and Saturday June 11. Children can bring their own parts to the tutorials though Kyle will also provide them for those who need them. That’s thanks to donations by a partner in tech, working with Black Nova.
If demand is high, there’ll be a waiting list for those who do not make the first sessions, as Kyle is keen for everyone to have a chance to get involved.
Kyle added: ‘It warms my heart when I help younger people put something together. The smile from them really says it all.