As a parent, do you know how safe your child is online? On March 27, the Department for Education issued additional safeguarding guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers, as safeguarding children is more important than ever during this difficult period.  The guidance states: “With regard to safeguarding, the best interests of…

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Before you click to post on social media, do you really think about exactly what your posts and updates could be saying about you? Have you thought about the fact that today’s ‘funny’ tweet or the photos of tonight’s party on Facebook could actually prove to be tomorrow’s nightmare? Maybe it’s time to really think…

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Social media companies may soon install police icons on their websites and apps, which users will be able to click if they feel threatened. Children’s e-safety is becoming a fast-growing problem, with the number of young people experiencing cyberbullying increasing by 88 per cent in the past five years. This new feature will take a…

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Tomorrow (Saturday 28th January) is Data Protection Day, an internationally-recognised annual event aimed at raising awareness of data protection and promoting online privacy, particularly on social media. Data protection is an important issue for everyone, but with one third of internet users being under the age of 18 the focus of many recent studies has…

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Research by not-for-profit organisation Internet Matters shows that 62 per cent of parents are concerned about cyberbullying, and with one in five 13 to 18-year-olds claiming to have experienced cyberbullying this figure appears justified. However, very little information exists for us to determine how many of our children are acting as the bullies. On their website,…

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As a parent have you ever stopped to think about what influence you may be having by posting pictures of your children on social media?  We are becoming more aware of educating our children to think about what they are posting about themselves online, but as parents have we thought about the effect of our…

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The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has published new guidance on the range of offences for which social media users could face criminal charges.  Potential offences include “doxxing” – posting personal information about a third party, such as their address or bank details – or creating a derogatory hashtag to encourage harassment. Those found to be encouraging the…

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A new non-statutory guidance document on how schools and colleges should respond to incidents of sexting, as part of their safeguarding responsibilities, has been published by UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS). The guidance looks at the extent of the issue, the law and the role of the police as well as detailed advice on how schools should…

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A survey by the National Crime Agency (NCA)  has found that many parents do not feel confident to talk to their children about e-safety risks. The NCA report with 15% of parents having never spoken to their children about staying safe online and 48% of parents said they hadn’t had a conversation recently. The NCA experts…

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