Does your child have a social media addiction?

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Does your child really have a social media addiction? The internet – and more specifically, social media platforms in the form of websites, apps, and gaming forums – dominate the lives of young people. While there’s still a large portion of the population who are entirely disconnected from the internet, the vast majority of young…

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Facebook launches ‘Youth Portal’ promoting e-safety for young users

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Facebook released a ‘Youth Portal’ on 14th May 2018, to provide a “central place for teens” to advise younger users how to stay safe on Facebook, how to control their user experience, and what to do if they need a break from social media. As well as this, the Portal includes quotes from teenaged Facebook…

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The Importance of Your Online Reputation

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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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Snapchat’s ‘Snap Map’ update shares your child’s precise location and activity with the world – a major child protection concern

Last week, the highly popular mobile app Snapchat introduced a new feature, the ‘Snap Map’, which enables users from across the world to access a map publicising the precise location of any user at all times unless they have enabled the so-called ‘ghost mode’. Unsurprisingly, this new feature has caused a great deal of concern,…

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Bear Grylls thinks schools should offer more practical subjects

The Eton-educated survivalist, outdoors adventurer and TV presenter Bear Grylls has admitted he struggled in school and wishes he was taught more practical subjects. Bear Grylls has reportedly said, at a global skills conference in Dubai that he wasn’t very good at school and he struggled a lot with confidence as a teenager. He told…

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Safer Internet Day 2017

Today is Safer Internet Day, a global event that invites you to ‘Be the change’ and help to make the internet a safer place for all.   The event is coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre, however it is celebrated globally and has a large outreach on social media, with the…

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Are you influencing your child’s digital identity?

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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CPS Guidance on Social Media – what is an offence?

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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UK behind Brazil in digital skills

A worldwide study conducted by Barclays into digital skills has revealed that whilst 39% of Brazilians feel they could build a website, only 16% of British workers feel the same. The report into digital education revealed that Britain is one of the most active consumer markets however, it is lacking skills when it comes to…

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Parents think social media affects children’s moral development

A recent poll undertaken by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at Birmingham University has revealed that 55% of the 1,700 people with children ages 11-17 questioned think that social media hinders or undermines moral development. Interestingly, whilst parents did acknowledge that positive moral aspects such as love and kindness are promoted through social…

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