15/06/2022: Latest Research Shows 62% of Schools Have Not Received Cyber-Security Training
We are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new cyber-security report that looks into how well schools are protected throughout England and Wales. In partnership with the Institute of Cyber Security for Society at the University of Kent and supported by Bitdefender, this report provides an up-to-date review around the current state of cyber-security.
14/06/2022: Instagram launches new parental controls in UK
Instagram owner Meta is launching new parental controls across the platform in the UK on 14 June. They include the option of setting daily time limits of between 15 minutes and 2 hours, after which a black screen appears on the app. Parents can also schedule break times and see any accounts their child reports, and why they did so.
06/06/2022: Digital fingerprints of a million child abuse images made
Digital fingerprints of a million images of child sexual abuse have been created, the Internet Watch Foundation has said. The UK charity, which is responsible for finding and removing such material online, said the fingerprints, known as hashes, would help companies and police find copies of the images. It is hoped that by doing this, the reuse of the images can be prevented.
31/05/2022: Digital safety platform launched to protect young children online
An interactive online safety programme teaching primary school children about cyberbullying, online grooming and how to keep their personal information secure has been launched by online safety experts, Internet Matters.
30/05/2022: Skin Gambling – A Guide for Professionals, Parents and Carers
In more recent years, skin gambling has become an increasingly popular way for people to play games with one another. Unlike standard play, Skin Gambling is a way for online players to bet between one another, usually involving in-game currencies called skins, but has extended to include vast amounts of real world currency as well. Below we explore Skin Gambling and some considerations for professionals, as well as parents and carers.
20/05/2022: Revenge Porn Helpline Report Launch – Cases and Trends Seen in 2021
Today the Revenge Porn Helpline, run by SWGfL and the UK Safer Internet Centre have launched their 2021 report showing the trends and issues that were prominent throughout the year. The report found that cases increased by over 40% between 2020 and 2021, rising from 3,146 cases to 4,406.
12/05/2022: New European proposals show ‘welcome determination to front up to criminals’ abusing and exploiting children online
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) says new European proposals to combat child sexual abuse online show a “welcome determination to front up to criminals” who have made Europe the “destination of choice” for hosting this content. On May 11, the European Commission announced its new European strategy for laying down rules to prevent and combat child sexual abuse.
09/05/2022: UK must protect child influencers from exploitation, MPs say
The government must introduce legislation to protect child social media influencers from exploitation, investigate adult pay standards in the industry and do more to force influencers to flag paid-for content, according to MPs.
05/05/2022: YouTube Kids shows videos promoting drug culture and firearms to toddlers
YouTube is showing videos that promote skin-bleaching, weight loss, drug culture and firearms to children as young as two, a new investigation of the company’s “Kids” app has found.
03/05/2022: SWGfL partners with Dialogue to support residential care online safety leads
We are proud to share that we have partnered with Dialogue to provide quarterly workshops for online safety leads who want to support the digital wellbeing and online safety of children in residential care and supported accommodation.
26/04/2022: Europe remains ‘global hub’ for hosting of online child sexual abuse material
Despite efforts to curb the amount of child sexual abuse material hosted on the continent, Europe remains the ‘destination of choice’ for criminals and predators determined to host criminal content.
26/04/2022: Sexual abuse imagery of girls online at record high following pandemic lockdowns
New data published by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) shows girls are at increasing risk online. The Online Safety Bill is a once in a generation chance to offer better protection for children.
22/04/2022: Online Age Verification
The online safety bill is enforcing age verification technologies on Pornography Websites, to prevent those who are underage from accessing this content. Here, we take you through this online safety bill measure, age verification challenges, its history and the solutions that are making age verification processes, easier to enforce and manage.
20/04/2022: Apple to roll out child safety feature that scans messages for nudity to UK iPhones
A safety feature that uses AI technology to scan messages sent to and from children will soon hit British iPhones, Apple has announced. The feature, referred to as “communication safety in Messages”, allows parents to turn on warnings for their children’s iPhones.
18/04/2022: Children coming across far-right material when researching, teachers say
Children are accidentally coming across far-right material online while innocently carrying out research for school projects, a teachers’ conference has heard. Delegates debating the influence of the far right in schools heard that children’s access to social media and smartphones means they are more at risk of being exposed to extremist material than ever before.